Coronavirus Update (Feb. 4, 2020)

Further health information is available from CDPH and the CDC. Working with you to protect the health and safety of all members of our community is of paramount importance, and we will continue to keep you informed if the situation changes. Please contact if you need guidance, resources, or assistance.

The University continues to monitor developments around the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

At this time, we do not have patients at UChicago Medicine (UCM) or members of the University community who have tested positive for 2019-nCoV. UCM and the Student Health Service are continuing to screen patients in keeping with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you have questions about coronavirus or ways to prevent infection, please find this video Q&A with UCM Hospital Epidemiologist, Dr. Emily Landon. Further questions should be directed to

The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for China currently stands at Level 4: Do Not Travel and advises travelers to “be prepared for the possibility of travel restrictions with little or no advance notice” and to be aware that “most commercial air carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China.” The University strongly discourages all travel to mainland China and Hong Kong during this period by members of the University community.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These steps include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.