Avoid Contracting and Spreading Viral Illnesses

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Travel to and from China

Currently, there are just 3 UH Mānoa students in China on study abroad programs. The students are all safe and the university is in regular contact with them. The U.S. Department of State generally recommends that all U.S. citizens in China consider returning by commercial transport as possible. When people arrive in Hawaiʻi from China, for the protection of themselves and others, they are required to follow the screening protocols and procedures currently in place by the CDC and Department of Health.


Last updated: February 3, 2020, 08:15 HST

No reported cases in Hawaiʻi.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Last updated: January 31, 2020, 12:15 HST

No reported cases in Hawaiʻi.

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) has posted frequently asked questions (pdf) about 2019 Novel Coronavirus. They have also provided a statement addressing potential concerns and a list of best practices to prevent transmission of any respiratory illness (including flu) in schools.

The DOH is advises everyone to get vaccinated for influenza because there are similar symptoms between the coronavirus and the flu.

Mānoa campus—Flu vaccination is available at the University Health Services Mānoa by appointment at hawaii.edu/shs/ or on a walk-in basis – Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. University Health Services Mānoa is located across from Kennedy Theater at 1710 East-West Road.

DOH has a website with the flu vaccination locations in Hawaiʻi.


Last updated: January 31, 2020, 10:45 HST

No reported cases in Hawaiʻi. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China and its spread to be an international health emergency, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the situation, and the U.S. Department of State has elevated its travel warning for China to the highest level (4 – Do Not Travel).

The University of Hawaiʻi continues to advise everyone to follow authoritative updates from CDC, the Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) and the U.S. State Department for the latest information and recommended actions for protection.


Last updated: January 30, 2020, 16:00 HST

The University of Hawaiʻi continues to advise everyone to follow updates regarding the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China.

Travel to and from China

UH is following the CDC and U.S. State Department travel recommendations and emphasizing that no members of the UH community should travel to China until further notice. If you have travel plans or know of a UH-affiliated group scheduled to travel to China, please contact your supervisor, director and/or dean for further instructions. It is likely that those trips are already postponed or are in the process of being postponed.

UH Students in China

Currently, there are about four UH Mānoa students in China on study abroad programs. The students are all safe and the university is in regular contact with them. The U.S. Department of State generally recommends that all U.S. citizens in China consider returning by commercial transport as possible. When people arrive in Hawaiʻi from China, for the protection of themselves and others, they are required to follow the screening protocols and procedures currently in place by the CDC and Department of Health.

Face Masks

While general use of face masks is not recommended by medical practitioners, please do not be alarmed by anyone wearing face masks. This is common practice in many Asian countries and has become a growing trend in the United States, and Hawaiʻi in particular, in recent years. More often than not, the wearers are trying to protect themselves from others.


Last updated: January 27, 2020, 08:23 HST

Aloha,

The University of Hawaiʻi is advising everyone to monitor the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, a respiratory illness first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019. There are now more than 2,700 cases and 82 deaths reported in China. There have been five cases reported in the continental United States with no deaths. There are no reported cases in Hawaiʻi and no direct flights from Wuhan, China to our state.

Multiple federal and state agencies are closely monitoring the situation. Everyone is urged to follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) recommendations, which are related to travel to and from China:

DOH advises everyone to get vaccinated for influenza because there are similar symptoms between the coronavirus and the flu. Everyone is asked to follow standard procedures if experiencing flu like symptoms:

  • Avoid contact with others
  • Do not travel while sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

The university will continue to provide updates, when necessary.

Last modified: February 18, 2020