Infectious diseases are a continuing danger. Some diseases have been effectively controlled with the help of modern technology. New diseases like Ebola, SARS and West Nile virus infection are constantly appearing and influenza strains continue to evolve. Others, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and bacterial pneumonias, are now appearing in forms that are resistant to drug treatments. Additionally, with globalization, a growing population, and the increased frequency of air travel, communicable diseases represent as great a threat as ever to the health of all of us.
All schools, departments, centers, institutes, or units should develop a communicable disease emergency continuity of operations plan.
Today we are sharing new travel restrictions and guidance, as well as updates on the University’s planning efforts for COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.
We are sharing new travel restrictions and guidance for students, faculty and staff so that we all can take responsible, proactive steps to help protect members of our campus community and mitigate the potential impact to our campus.
UNC-Chapel Hill is expanding its travel restrictions on nonessential University-affiliated travel to Italy, including the cancellation of all spring 2020 semester study abroad programs in Italy. Travel restrictions are now in place for China, South Korea and Italy.