In cooperation with the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), the canton has taken necessary measures to prevent the transmission of the virus to other people.

Earlier today, the canton launched the Protect Yourself and Others campaign that shares basic hygiene rules as well as recommendations of what to do if you experience shortness of breath, a cough or a high fever. Please find more information on the public campaign here. The cantonal doctor reminded the public that while the coronavirus is contagious, it is not normally dangerous, especially for young people.

Yesterday, the canton announced that all school travel outside of Switzerland would be canceled for the month of March. Officials confirmed that decision today, and as a result, we have decided to keep our Academic Travel courses here on campus rather than allow travel to destinations around the world. While we recognize how disappointing this decision is for students and their families, the health and well-being of our students and faculty remain paramount. We are planning to have Academic Travel courses meet for special sessions on campus. More details about the special sessions will be shared in the coming days. In the meantime, we continue to monitor the situation locally and in Switzerland. Please keep checking this website and the FUS app for updates.

We remind members of the Franklin community that this outbreak is a respiratory virus transmitted much like other respiratory viruses. Therefore, taking basic, everyday precautions can help protect you:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer dispensers are located throughout the campus.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Maintain social distancing – at least 3 feet/ 1 meter distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Seek medical care if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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