Important: Information Regarding the Novel Coronavirus (Updated: February 19th)
To Shinshu University Students, Faculty and Staff
The following content is subject to change as events develop. Please keep abreast of the latest information.
[Updated: February 19th]
■ The Novel Coronavirus Infectious Disease Control Headquarters has been established in the university.
■ Please refrain from gatherings where eating and drinking takes place.
Please cooperate as we ask that you refrain from conducting club/circle activities as the situation develops.
■ School attendance is prohibited for those with symptoms of a cold.
If you have a cold symptom (fever, malaise, cough, etc.), please contact the university regardless of whether you have a diagnosis or not. Do so, even during the spring holidays.
Students should contact the school with the telephone number below that applies to them.
Teachers should contact their general affairs office.
■ Those who have cold symptoms such as cough and fever
In order to prevent the spread of infection, such as influenza and colds (mostly viral infections) as well as new coronavirus infections, stay at home and do not come to the university.
If you have a following symptoms, please phone to the Nagano Pref. consultation desk for coronavirus and visit a medical clinic and receive a medical examination. Be careful not to spread the infection by wearing a mask.
- 1. having a fever of over 37.5℃(101.5℉) for more than 4 days
2. having an extreme tiredness or feeling of dyspnea
Nagano Pref. consultation desk for coronavirus
Phone No.: 026-235-7277 or 026-235-7278 (24hours / 365days)
■ To all faculty and staff students [Updated: February 19th]
Please try to prevent infectious diseases. Hand washing with soap and alcohol disinfection are most effective (although norovirus is not neutralized by alcohol). Take care not to spread infection with “cough etiquette”/wearing masks.
■ When symptoms appear in the family [Updated on February 19]
School entry is not prohibited. Wear a mask correctly at home as well as at school.
Prevent infection by not eating with the symptomatic person or sharing towels.
Everyone should engage in frequent alcohol disinfection and “correct hand washing”.
■ Those who have returned from overseas or plan to travel [Updated: February 17th]
If you have traveled to or are returning from China, please contact the University General Health and Safety Center or your local health office before going to school or attending work, regardless of any symptoms.
Warnings have been issued throughout China (Level 2) and a recommendation to stop travel to Hubei Province and Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province (Level 3). If you have plans to travel, keep abreast of the latest information and please consider canceling plans. In other regions as well, for example, more than 10,000 people in the United States have died due to the influenza. Please judge by paying attention to the latest information.
When leaving Japan, notify the university and register your travel plans with “Tabi-Regi” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Upon your return to Japan, report your health condition correctly to the quarantine station.
Fake news is rampant on social media, including those from famous and influential people. Please act accordingly with the correct information.
About the Novel Coronavirus Infection (COVID-19) [Updated February 19]
Symptoms and infection routes:
In the first week, mild cold symptoms, low-grade fever, and general malaise often occur, making it difficult to distinguish from other colds.(High fever rarely occurs from the beginning like influenza)
Symptoms often last for about two weeks even in mild cases (home treatment is required).
Even if the symptoms are mild, the infectiousness to the surroundings is high (there is a high possibility of being transmitted).
Infections are mainly thought to be through the air and contact with surfaces where the virus remains.
The incubation period is assumed to be within 14 days, but it may be transmitted to people even when there are no symptoms.
It has been experienced that the test does not become positive even when the symptoms are mild.
Everyone should disinfect their hands and surfaces with alcohol and wash hands frequently.
It is important that people with cold symptoms do not pass their infection on to others. We ask for your cooperation. Please avoid situations where contact with many people are unavoidable, such as crowds, and eating and drinking together.
1. It is transmitted in the same manner as the flu, through contact with spray. Hand washing is the most effective preventative measure. If people with coughs wear masks, they can reduce the chance of infection to those around them (cough etiquette).
2.The virus causes pneumonia but the symptoms and severity vary greatly from person to person (from mild to severe).
3. It usually takes about 8 days for the symptoms to go from mild (coughing) to severe (dyspnea /difficulty breathing).
4. The rate of infection is considered to be less than that of measles and about the same as influenza.
5. The incubation period may be as long as two weeks, and the possibility of infection from asymptomatic individuals cannot be ruled out.
6. The mortality rate in China is around 3%, and when the symptoms become severe, more than 15%.
[Updated: February 7th]
Appropriate use of masks during times of shortages (General Health and Safety Center)
1) Masks are not very effective in preventing infections. Hand washing is more effective.
2. Masks can help prevent the spread of infection when worn by the infected person to those around them.
There is a serious shortage of masks, even at some medical sites where they are needed. Students and faculty members are reminded not panic due to the lack of masks. Use appropriate hand washing techniques and use masks when necessary.
1) Masks are not very effective at preventing infection. Hand washing is more effective. Wearing a mask is known to have little effect on reducing the probability of getting the cold or flu. Some common colds are caused by older strains of the coronavirus, therefore this new type is considered to be similar. Masks are useful in containing spray from coughing people land on those around them, but if used improperly it could become the cause of infection. The surface of the used mask may be contaminated. To prevent infection, it is more effective to wash hands and thoroughly disinfect them with alcohol.
Incorrect use of masks: The nose is left out of the mask, there are large gaps around and not enough contact with the face, touching the mask with your hand, keep using it for more than several hours, temporarily move it to your chin, put it in your pocket and using it again.
Correct usage: Wash hands before handling mask. Cover from nose to chin and let the mask hug your face. Do not touch or handle the mask during use. After use, properly dispose of it in a trash can that can be sealed without touching the mask surface, and wash your hands immediately. Frequent hand washing and wearing a mask may reduce the chance of infection by about 15%.
2) Prevention of the spread of infection may be obtained when people with symptoms (cough, fever, or those who have come into contact with an infected person) contain the spread of their fluids through spray by wearing a mask. (Cough etiquette).
Inquiries about classes and contact information for staying home. [Updated February 19]
The phone number marked with * is specifically for announcement of staying home.
The Faculty of Arts 0263-37-2236
The Faculty of Education 026-238-4005
The Faculty of Economics and Law 0263-37-2304, 0263-37-3312*
The Faculty of Science 0263-37-2439, 0263-37-3320*
The Faculty of Medicine 0263-37-2580, 0263-37-3419*
The Faculty of Health Sciences 0263-37-2356
The Faculty of Engineering 026-269-5051
The Faculty of Agriculture 0265-77-1308, 0265-77-1354*
The Faculty of Textile Science and Technology 0268-21-5322, 0268-21-5304*
The School of General Education 0263-37-2978, 0263-37-2862*
For Telephone Consultations
If you would like to make a consultation about the novel coronavirus please contact the nearest Public Health Center / Health and Welfare Office below.
If you contact the Public Health Center or Health and Welfare Office, please notify the University General Health and Safety Center or Faculty Health Office that you have done so, weekdays between 8:30- 17:15.
Nagano Pref. consultation desk for coronavirus 026-235-7277 or 026-235-7278 (24hours / 365days)
Saku Health Office 0267-63-3164 https://www.pref.nagano.lg.jp/sakuho/
Ueda Health Office 0268-25-7149 https://www.pref.nagano.lg.jp/uedaho/
Suwa Health Office 0266-57-2927 https://www.pref.nagano.lg.jp/suwaho/
Ina Health Office 0265-76-6837 https://www.pref.nagano.lg.jp/inaho/
Iida Health Office 0265-53-0444 https://www.pref.nagano.lg.jp/iidaho/
Kiso Health Office 0264-25-2227 https://www.pref.nagano.lg.jp/kisoho/
Matsumoto Health Office 0263-40-1939 https://www.pref.nagano.lg.jp/matsuho/
Omachi Health Office 0261-23-6529 https://www.pref.nagano.lg.jp/omachiho/
Nagano Health and Welfare Office 026-225-9039 https://www.pref.nagano.lg.jp/nagaho/
Hokushin Health Office 0269-62-6104 https://www.pref.nagano.lg.jp/hokuho/
Nagano Health Office 026-226-9964 https://www.city.nagano.nagano.jp/soshiki/9.html