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Latest information about the novel coronavirus from Osaka University [updated March 27, 2020]

This page has been set up to provide information about the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19. It will be updated on a regular basis. Further instructions from the university will be posted on the Osaka University official website, KOAN, and other mediums of communication, so please check regularly for the latest information.

Preventative measures

Practice thorough counter-measures against the spread of infection:

(a) Wash your hands with soap and running water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, wear a face mask, and practice good cough etiquette.
(b) Cease nonessential and non-urgent outings for a while.
(c) Avoid the crowds when going out as much as possible
(d) Wear a face mask when commuting
(e) Wear a face mask all the time if you don't have a fever, but you have a cough.
(f) Wash or sanitize your hands before enter a building.

* For details, see Reference: How to prevent infections noted below.

To OU students, faculty, and staff

Please click here for more information. [updated March 30, 2020]

To see the message from the President, click here. [updated March 23, 2020]

To individuals who passed the 2020 Entrance Examinations

For changes in admission procedures and the schedule after admission, click here. [updated March 27, 2020]

Individuals who will attend a meeting/event hosted by Osaka University

The schedules of meetings/events hosted by Osaka University are subject to change. Make sure to confirm the schedule with the meeting/event organizer.

In addition, please observe the following when participating in a meeting/event:

  • If you have a fever or cough, visit a medical institution after a phone call before joining any meeting/event and follow their instructions.
  • In the same manner to prevent the spread of infection of seasonal flu, wash your hands with soap and running water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, wear a face mask, and practice good cough etiquette.
  • If you are feeling unwell, please refrain from joining our meetings/events.

Please note that university staff and other staff organizers may be wearing a mask during the meeting/event.

Reference: How to prevent infection

To prevent the spread of infections, follow the instructions noted below.

Healthy individuals

Maintain distance of at least one meter from any individual with flu-like symptoms:

(a) Refrain from touching your mouth and nose with unwashed hands
(b) Often sanitize your fingers with soap and running water or alcohol-based sanitizers, such as cotton wipes, wet wipes, or antiseptic surgical hand scrub.
(c) Clean your hands especially when touching your mouth, nose, or objects contaminated.
(d) Avoid prolonged contact with people with suspected to have a respiratory disease such as a cold.
(e) Avoid large crowds.
(f) Have good air flow in a house by opening windows.

Individuals with a cold or the flu-like symptoms

(a) If you have symptoms described in 2. If you have been infected with the virus..., seek

(b) Separate yourself from other people in your home. You should use a separate room to eat meals. Make sure to wash your hands often with soap and running water after using a shared room such as a bathroom.
(c) Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze in order to contain body fluids, such as saliva and sputum, in the tissue.
(d) Throw used tissues; immediately wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Use of face masks

(a) You don’t need to wear a face mask when you are in good health, but make sure to wear one when you have respiratory symptoms.
(b) Cover your mouth and nose with a face mask and minimize the loose fit between the surface of the face mask and your face.
(c) Do not touch the surface of the face mask while wearing it. Take off the face mask by the strings.
(d) If you touched a used face mask (e.g. when taking it off), sanitize your fingers using soap and running water or alcohol based sanitizers, such as cotton wipes, wet wipes, or antiseptic surgical hand scrub. 

Related webpages

World Health Organization (WHO)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Osaka Prefecture

Hyogo Prefecture

Kyoto Prefecture

National Institute of Infectious Diseases

Research Institute for Microbial Diseases

The Japan Association of National Universities


Department of Safety and Hygiene, Osaka University

TEL: 06-6879-4027 | FAX: 06-6879-4024
E-mail: anzen-suisindai2[at]
*Please replace [at] with @ when contacting this address. 

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