What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a form of human coronavirus that affects the respiratory system. The virus first appeared in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, which has been put under quarantine. 

The virus has since spread to other countries such as South Korea, Japan and Italy. 

The University of Hawai'i is not planning to close any campuses at this time. 

How to Protect Yourself

Tthe CDC recommends everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. These include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Get a flu shot. (While it won’t protect against COVID-19, it may help in diagnosis should you display symptoms.)
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
    • While common in many countries, CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Preparing for a Possible Outbreak in Hawaiʻi

  • Check and refresh your disaster supply kit, which should have at least 14 days of food for everyone in your family and your pets.
  • Stock up on all prescription medications – 90 days is recommended.
  • Prepare for and consider practicing basic social distancing measures like limiting your time spent around large groups and avoiding unnecessary close contact with people (e.g., fist bumps instead of handshakes or kisses).
  • Consider stocking up on basic household and hygiene items. Supplies of these items may be affected in the event of a pandemic and avoiding excessive trips to crowded stores helps with social distancing and protection.
  • Plan for the possibility of cancelled events and activities.

Travel Guidelines

The university utilizes the CDC and the U.S. Department of State travel recommendations.

Most official UH travel to locations at “Alert Level 2” and above in the near future is being cancelled or postponed, and it is recommended that individuals consider the same for personal travel. Determinations of essential travel can be made by chancellors and provosts.