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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates
University of the Sciences continues to closely monitor the evolving situation related to the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 in order to evaluate the outbreak’s impact on members of our campus community, visitors, and operations on campus.
USciences remains open, however, all classes and educational experiences are being conducted online through virtual learning for the remainder of the spring semester, including final exams. All faculty and non-essential staff continue to telecommute.
The health and safety of all members of the USciences community is of the utmost importance to us and we continue to follow guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Pennsylvania Department of Public Health, and Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
Updates from University of the Sciences
Frequently Asked Questions
What is COVID-19?
What should I do if I feel sick?
What should I do if I had contact with someone identified as COVID-19 positive?
If I am self-monitoring my symptoms what should I do?
Is USciences Open?
How can students enrolled in Spring 2020 access CARES Act emergency funds?
What can you do to protect yourself?
All individuals should be diligent in practicing routine hygiene etiquette to prevent all types of infections including COVID-19.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer after sneezing or coughing.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Do not share any food, drinks, cups, utensils, etc.
- Avoid close contact with those who are ill.
- If you are sick, maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet from others to reduce the risk of transmission of infection. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of the patient and contact for >10 minutes.
- Stay home when you are sick and do not have contact with others.
As this is the time of year when cold and flu symptoms are common, the same precautions noted above should be taken if you come down with a cold or the flu.
The CDC does NOT recommend the general public wear surgical masks, as these masks do not prevent the wearer from inhaling airborne virus particles due to the lack of a snug seal. Masks are only recommended for individuals in the general population who already show symptoms of coronavirus and must go outside, as the mask can reduce the spread of the virus during a cough or sneeze.
More information about COVID-19
You can find the latest information on the spread of COVID-19, CDC travel guidance, and the World Health Organization recommendations at the following sites. Please check these sites often for important updates.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), www.coronavirus.gov
- CDC, Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
- CDC, Travel Health Notices
- World Health Organization, COVID-19 Travel Advice
- Pennsylvania Department of Public Health, PA COVID-19 Update
- Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information
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