Tecnológico de Monterrey has shared a series of recommendations and measures with its entire community that everyone can follow to stay safe from the new type of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international emergency on January 30 in the face of a rapid increase in the number of patients affected by the Wuhan coronavirus, at more than 8,000 in eighteen countries, although 99% of cases have been diagnosed within China.
Here is the complete message from Tec de Monterrey:
February 4th, 2020
To the Tec community:
As you may be aware, China and other countries around the world, including Mexico, are working to contain the spread of a newly detected Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
We understand our students, faculty, staff and alumni have questions about how the university is responding. At Tecnológico de Monterrey, we take the safety and security of our community very seriously and have convened a group of stakeholders from across the university to plan and coordinate actions as information emerges. We are working with state and federal authorities to be able to offer responsible information to our community.
What should we know?
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a group of viruses that can cause various symptoms similar to respiratory diseases. For more information visit: 5 responses on the global emergency for the new Coronavirus.
What should I do if I suspect that I have coronavirus?
If you have the following symptoms:
- Body aches
- General malaise
- Nasal congestion
- Breathing difficulty
- You have traveled to China in the 14 days prior to your discomfort or been in contact with someone suspected of being infected.
If you are on Campus: Go to the health care unit (Servicios Médicos) immediately. We have a Protocol for evaluating and detecting a suspected infection in its early stages.
If you are off Campus: Call TQueremos line 800 800139500. With service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Or contact the TecSalud Epidemiological Surveillance Unit 8123559928.
What care is being taken for students who come from exchange or those who have traveled abroad for the holiday period?
In addition to the international filters in their home country, stopovers and upon arrival in our country, our exchange students will receive instructions on how to monitor their health and how to seek medical attention if they get sick.
We have a questionnaire that will help us detect suspicious cases early and address them promptly.
If you were in Asia recently, or you were in contact with someone you suspect might be infected with Coronavirus, please call the TQueremos line 800 8139500, in order to follow up on your case.
If you have the symptoms already described, it is important that you remain at home (self-implemented isolation) with the recommendations of a health professional.
How can I prevent the spread of germs?
Each and every one of us is jointly responsible for stopping the spread of this or other respiratory diseases such as influenza. Some good practices, which have proven effective in preventing and / or transmitting diseases, are:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use sanitizing gel.
- Stay home if you are sick and look for medical attention if the symptoms get worse.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneezing into elbows.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
- Apply influenza vaccine.
For specific official information or last-minute look up:
WHO recommendations on the subject.
The daily press releases of the Ministry of Health.
The Notice to Mexican people living in China and to tourists with travel plans to that country of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The official site of the Traveler’s Preventive Care Clinic (CAPV) of UNAM.