Information on coronavirus

Updated Feb. 24, 2020

NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL CAMPUSES: See the latest information for Temple University, Japan Campus and the latest information for Temple University Rome.

Read Temple's frequently asked questions about COVID-19.  

To the Temple community:

You have probably seen media reports about an outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan City, China, caused by a new coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring this evolving situation. The latest information on the spread of the illness is available at CDC Novel Coronavirus. The World Health Organization is also tracking the disease. We recommend you follow this advice and check their sites often.

As per the university’s International Travel Policy, the latest information has resulted in a suspension of university-affiliated student travel to China. More information on this change can be found on Temple’s International Advisories & Alerts page

It is important to note that at present, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Philadelphia or at any campus of Temple University, either in the U.S. or abroad.

The university has been in contact with students who have traveled from China to inform them of the situation and how they can stay updated. If you traveled to China, especially Wuhan City, on or after Dec. 1, 2019 and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. 
    • Student Health Services: 215-204-7500
    • Employee Health Services: 215-204-2679
  • 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 your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

This is the time of year when colds and the flu are common. The same precautions noted above should be taken if you come down with a cold or the flu.

Thank you for your cooperation. We will keep you updated on any significant changes. 

Richard M. Englert

JoAnne A. Epps
Executive Vice President and Provost

Additional information:
Jan. 30, 2020: Your coronavirus questions, answered by experts
Feb. 3, 2020: Novel coronavirus travel suspensions