There’s a lot of information at the moment about the emerging outbreak of coronavirus. A number of cases have been confirmed throughout the world, including five cases here in Australia. Victoria University has established a team to closely monitor the situation and is seeking guidance from relevant state and federal authorities.
We have been advised that while there is no cause for alarm at this stage, it’s important to remain vigilant. You can do this by practising good personal hygiene to protect against infection. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, dispose of any used tissues in the bin and wash your hands afterwards.
If you or anyone you know is feeling unwell, as always, please see a doctor and don’t come to university. If you feel unwell and have recently travelled to Wuhan city or had close contact with a confirmed case in the 14 days before the becoming unwell, seek medical attention. Make sure you call in advance to inform the medical staff of your situation.
It's also important to seek advice before travelling at this time. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is monitoring the risk in the Wuhan region and providing advice to travellers. Victoria University will continue to communicate with all our students locally, interstate and abroad, in relation to this matter.