The university is closely tracking the spread of the new novel coronavirus, first identified in December in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. There currently are no known cases of the virus in St. Louis, but there are cases in the United States and there likely will be more. The situation is changing rapidly and we encourage all students, staff and faculty to carefully read all university communications and be prepared to follow specific guidance as it arises. We will also provide updates here when new information or guidance becomes available.
Symptoms of this infectious illness include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Based on current information, symptoms can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after initial exposure to the disease and can be transmitted from inhaling or touching infected droplets — usually through a cough or sneeze — from an infected person.
Whether or not any symptoms have appeared, if you are a Washington University student or employee who has traveled from China in the past 14 days or have had direct contact with a patient with confirmed novel coronavirus infection in the past 14 days, we ask that you take the following steps:
- On the Danforth Campus, notify the Habif Health and Wellness Center at 314-935-4129.
- On the Medical Campus, notify Student Health (students) at 314-362-3523, or Occupational Health (staff, faculty) at 314-362-3528 prior to returning to work to discuss what precautions need to be taken for your specific situation.
Message from the Chancellor, Feb. 13, 2020
Novel Coronavirus Travel (ITOC) Note, Feb. 12, 2020
Message to Medical Campus community, Feb. 4, 2020
Message to Danforth Campus community, Jan. 30, 2020
Message to Medical Campus community, Jan. 30, 2020
Message to Danforth Campus community, Jan. 24, 2020
International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) travel suspension condition
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
CDC – About 2019 Novel Coronavirus
CDC – FAQs
World Health Organization
University’s international travel policy
WashU Human Resources – Communicable Diseases Policy
BJC – Coronavirus Information