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[for OU FACULTY and STAFF MEMBERS] Latest information about the novel coronavirus from Osaka University

 

For faculty and staff  

1. Regarding work attendance for faculty and staff 

For human resources announcements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please check MyHandai.

2. Health Management

Preventing infections

• Be sure to take everyday measures to prevent the spread of infection (washing hands with soap and water, disinfecting hands with hand sanitizer, practicing proper cough etiquette i.e. wearing a mask)

• Avoid close contact in closed crowded places with poor ventilation

• Wear a mask at all times indoors, and when interacting with others outdoors

• Wear a mask if you have a cough but not a high fever.

• Enter buildings after washing or sanitizing your hands.

If you have been infected with the virus...

2.1 If you get cold-like symptoms such as a fever and cough,

(a) Check your temperature every morning. If you have a fever and cough and/or if you need to continuously take antipyretic, you will not be allowed to come to the university.

(b) If you have cold-like symptoms and a fever and cough or have a sense of fatigue, breathing difficulty, or an intense fever (especially if those symptoms persist for 4 days or longer), immediately contact the counseling center for those returning from overseas and those who had contact with the novel coronavirus (hereinafter “counseling center”) opened in a healthcare center and follow their instructions.

(c) If you contact a counseling center, please give your department/school a summary of your situation and instructions from the center by email or phone.

(d) If you are advised to seek medical attention by the counseling center, you must visit the medical institution that you are introduced to, while observing hand hygiene and cough etiquette.  If your infection with the novel coronavirus is confirmed, contact the administration office of your department/school. After regular business hours or on holidays, please contact both your department/school and the Department of Safety and Hygiene at [covid-19@dash.osaka-u.ac.jp] by email.

(e) If you are confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, follow the instructions of a health center (i.e. get admitted to a hospital or care facility or undergo treatment at home), and suspend your attendance at school (students) or take compulsory leave (faculty and staff)

(f) If you are infected with COVID-19, you must stay in a hospital or care facility, or stay home in accordance with the instructions from the medical institution. This will be treated as suspension from work/school.

(g) If you have been informed from a health center that you are a “high-risk contact” with someone who was confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 and instructed to seek medical attention at a medical institute or monitor your symptoms at home, immediately contact the administration office of your department/school by email or phone. After regular business hours or on holidays, please contact both your department/school and the Department of Safety and Hygiene at [covid-19@dash.osaka-u.ac.jp] by email.

(h) If you have been identified by a health center as a "high-risk contact," you must suspend your attendance at school (students) or remain at home (*1) (faculty and staff)

*1 As a rule, this will be considered compulsory leave, but if there are no problems with your health, you may carry out your work from home.

Symptoms are more likely to become severe in individuals noted below, so if cold-like symptoms, such as fever and cough, are observed in the following individuals, contact the counseling center immediately and follow their instructions.

(i) The elderly 

(ii) Those who have underlying disorders, such as diabetes, cardiac failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other respiratory diseases 

(iii) Patients on dialysis 

(iv) Patients treated with immunosuppressants or anticancer drugs

(v) Pregnant women

2.2 Home healthcare

If you have the following symptoms, immediately seek medical attention.

(a) If you suffer from a breathing problem (e.g. If you continuously have more than 20 breaths per minute or your lips turn blue.)

(b) If you are groggy (e.g. If you are unconsciousness and cannot respond to voice.)

(c) If you have low blood pressure or a shock symptom (e.g. If your face turns pale or your fingertips become cold.)

(d) If you cannot take meals and fluids

2.3 Returning to work/school

If your symptoms have improved, you can attend school/work according to Osaka University’s COVID-19 response levels, after the following has happened:

  • No symptoms have re-emerged during a 24-hour period after your cold-like symptoms (such as fever or cough) improved (or you have been tested negative for COVID-19 via a PCR test), or
  • You have followed medical advice on when you should return to school/work.

3. Regarding physical and mental care

The Health and Counseling Center is currently offering counseling services to individuals with any concerns regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

4. Travel overseas

4.1 Regarding travel to countries/regions with alert level set by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Infection Alert Level
Level 3: Cease all travel (Travel Suspension Recommendation)
Level 2: Cease nonessential and non-urgent travel

(a) Bear in mind you will be unable to leave the country because of the suspension of commercial transportation.

(b) If you need to travel for an unavoidable circumstance, follow the instructions noted in 4.2 below.

*For more information, please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. (link in Japanese)

4.2 Travel to regions/countries other than those noted above

(a) Heed the Travel Advice and Warning issued by the MOFA.

(b) Make sure to check the latest information from the websites of the MOFA, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Japanese Embassy in your destination country before traveling, stay away from contagion areas, wash your hands with soap and running water, and use alcohol sanitizer.

(c) Register with the MOFA’s Overseas Travel Registration (Tabireji or ORR Net (Overseas Residential Registration)). Students must also register their trip on the Osaka University's Overseas Travel Registration System.

(d) Whether business or personal, inform your family/friends/work of your contact information while abroad and the address at your travel destination.

(e) Buy international medical insurance and travel insurance that cover treatment of infectious diseases.

(f) After returning to Japan, take note of any changes in your health and follow the directions in 5. For those who have returned from overseas below.

Currently, many countries are checking the body temperature of passengers arriving from overseas. Please note that if you are suspected to have a fever and the flu-like symptoms, you may be quarantined for a while to confirm whether you are infected with the novel coronavirus.

5.For those who have returned from overseas

For Osaka University faculty, staff, and students returning from overseas

5.1 If you had a fever and respiratory symptoms when returning to Japan

Immediately contact a quarantine station at an airport or seaport and follow their instructions. In addition, contact the administration office of your department/school to communicate instructions from the quarantine station or medical institution and ask for advice on work/study.

5.2 If you had neither a fever nor any respiratory symptoms when returning to Japan

(i) If you visited and/or had contact with a resident of any epidemic area or countries/regions designated as risk level 2 or above
Refrain from going outside for the first 14 days from the day following the date of your return to Japan and carefully monitor your health condition. In addition, contact the administration office of your department/school for instructions. As a general rule, you will not be allowed to come to the university and must stay home for 14 days from the day following the date of your return.

(ii) if (i) does not apply to you

Carefully monitor your health condition for 14 days from the day following the date of your return.

5.3 If you developed cold-like symptoms, such as a fever and cough, within 14 days from the day following the date of your return:

(i) If you visited and/or had contact with a resident of any epidemic area or countries/regions designated as risk level 2 or above
Refrain from coming into contact with other people, wear a mask, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and immediately contact your nearest counseling center and follow their instructions. In addition, contact the administration office of your department/school to communicate instructions from the counseling center and ask for advice regarding work/study.

(ii) If (i) does not apply to you,

Follows the instructions in 2. If you have been infected with the virus... and immediately contact your nearest medical institution and follow their instructions. In addition, contact the administration office of your department/school to communicate instructions from the medical institution and ask for advice regarding work/study.

6.  Preventative measures by Osaka University COOP (stores, dining halls, etc.)

7. Regarding the yellow alert issued from Osaka Prefecture in response to the spread of COVID-19

On Monday, August 31, Osaka Prefecture made the following requests to universities.

1. Students who have contact with the elderly on daily basis should refrain from going to high risk places for COVID-19.

2. Thoroughly implement measures to prevent the spread of infection in student dormitories and extracurricular activities.

3. Refrain from talking loudly while eating and drinking in large groups because saliva is a non‐negligible factor in the spread of COVID‐19.

4. Only make use of establishments that display the "COVID-19 safety stickers,” issued by the prefectural government to prove that they meet the Disease Control Measures Guidelines for Businesses.

5. Individuals who are experiencing any symptoms should refrain from coming to school and receive a medical examination. 

Reference: Official Webpage of Osaka Prefecture (http://www.pref.osaka.lg.jp/attach/38112/00000000/siryou3-1.pdf大阪大学) (link in Japanese)

Related webpages

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Regarding measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Regarding COVID-19

Osaka Prefecture

List of counseling centers for individuals who have returned from overseas and those who had contact with COVID-19

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