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 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 symptoms: 

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 was ill.

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.

Travel Guidance

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 staff. 

  • Faculty, staff and students are urged to give serious evaluation before requesting travel to China as it will require pre-approval and only be granted for essential travel. Travel to China is considered high risk and no precautions are available to protect against the identified increased risk.

  • Faculty, staff and students traveling on Research Foundation funds must obtain approval from the Research Foundation Operations Manager by submitting a request through the eFTR system , prior to travel, per Research Foundation policy. 

  • Faculty, staff and students traveling on non-research funds for University-sponsored travel must complete   the form   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 hands.

  • 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 on them.

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.




If you've been in China within the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you should self-isolate and call Student Health Services at 631-632-6740 or visit your primary care provider.


Faculty, staff or visiting scholars

If you've been in China within the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you should self-isolate and contact your health care professional for further guidance. 




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This page last updated Feb. 6 2020.