We are in the middle of the seasonal onset of influenza-like illnesses, and as you
may have seen in the news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is
closely monitoring an outbreak of a 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This novel
coronavirus is a respiratory tract illness that presents flu-like symptoms. It was
first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and has spread
to several countries, including five cases in the US.
This could potentially be a serious and highly contagious illness; therefore, in
an effort to educate our community, we are sharing important information about this
virus and what to do if you suspect that you fit the following criteria and are experiencing
Fever AND symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, chest pain, shortness
of breath) and in the last 14 days before symptom onset had:
- A history of travel from or through the Wuhan City, China, hub or mainland China.
- Close contact with a person who is under investigation for 2019-nCOV while that person
Fever OR symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, chest pain, shortness
of breath) and in the last 14 days before symptom onset:
- Had close contact with an ill laboratory-confirmed 2019-nCoV patient.
If you are experiencing any symptoms, please seek medical attention right away. Call your healthcare provider first to alert them of your recent travel history and/or
symptoms. If you’re a student, you can make an appointment at
Student Health; just call ahead at 631-632-6740 so they’re ready for you.
While the CDC considers this a serious public health condition, 2019-nCoV has not
been found to be spreading in the United States. Based on current information, the
risk to New York residents is considered low.
In response to growing concerns over the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that
all nonessential travel to China be suspended
at this time.
The Department of State travel advisory for all China
is level 4
: Do not travel to China due to the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China.
As we continue to monitor, promote and adhere to CDC and New York State Department
of Health 2019-nCoV-related recommendations, no requests for University-sponsored
travel to China will be considered until these alerts are lifted, after which we will
follow the review and approval process outlined below:
Stony Brook University has established a mandatory pre-approval requirement for all
publicly funded University-sponsored travel plans to China for students, faculty and
Faculty, staff and students traveling on Research Foundation funds must obtain approval
from the Research Foundation Operations Manager by submitting a request through the
, prior to travel, per Research Foundation policy.
Faculty, staff and students traveling on non-research funds for University-sponsored
travel must complete
located on the “Travel Policy” page of the Office of Global Affairs’ website, print
it out and submit to the President’s office for approval.
CDC Interim Guidance for Preventing 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from Spreading
to Others in Homes and Communities
Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if
soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed
Wear a disposable facemask, gown, and gloves when you touch or have contact with the
person’s blood, body fluids and/or secretions, such as sweat, saliva, sputum, nasal
mucus, vomit, urine, or diarrhea.
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom
fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables, every day. Also,
clean any surfaces that may have blood, body fluids and/or secretions or excretions
Information for Healthcare Professionals
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
CDC China Travel Notice
Travelers from China Arriving in the United States
CDC Influenza (Flu)
- Flu activity is high in the U.S. and expected to continue for weeks.