AUR is closely monitoring the response of the Italian authorities to the Coronavirus outbreak in Italy and following the instructions of the national government and local authorities in the Rome area. The University will continue to monitor the situation and any new developments will be announced.

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AUR’s response to coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Updated Feb. 27 - Student Trips & On-Site Classes

In order to comply with the DECRETO DEL PRESIDENTE DEL CONSIGLIO DEI MINISTRI 25 febbraio 2020, which states:

i viaggi d'istruzione… le  visite  guidate  e  le  uscite  didattiche  comunque  denominate, programmate dalle istituzioni scolastiche di ogni ordine e grado sono sospese fino al 15 marzo 2020 (Gazzetta Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana)

AUR will be suspending all school trips, including on-site classes and compulsory embedded field trips, from today until March 15, 2020. Alternative arrangements for teaching will be made. 

AUR’s response to coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Updated Feb. 26 - Student Travel Advisory

Travel advice to students
The Italian State has made the recommendation that all school-sponsored travel within Italy be suspended for the next two weeks, thus we have canceled one academic trip and one Student Life trip within this window in compliance with the state recommendation.
 
At the moment there are no traveling restrictions to and from Italy, and no known clusters of coronavirus elsewhere in Europe. However, keep in mind that we are still in the midst of normal flu season and should you attempt to enter another country or to re-enter Italy with a fever you could experience difficulties even if you are not sick with the coronavirus.
 
Given these facts, we recommend you weigh the necessity of your recreational travel in the coming weeks, especially travel that involves crossing borders.
 

AUR’s response to coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Updated Feb. 24

As you are no doubt aware, the emergence of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 in the North of Italy is now a cause for heightened concern. The Italian authorities are doing their utmost to contain the spread of the illness and, at the point of writing, nine villages in Lombardy and one in Veneto have been quarantined.
 
For English-speakers, one of the best current sources on the situation in Italy is the US Embassy at https://it.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/
 
Currently, as governmental advice is that it is considered safe for schools and universities in Lazio to remain open, AUR will be open as normal. If that advice changes, we will inform the community immediately. 
 
However, it is up to all of us to do what we can to limit the opportunities for the illness to spread. Thus, below is AUR’s response to the situation:

  1. We are prioritizing the sanitization of all AUR spaces - and increasing our level/hours of cleaning staffing to ensure this is controlled.

     
  2. We provide hand-sanitizers throughout the university.
     
  3. We will be requiring all members of the community with symptoms of cold or flu to notify Human Resources (Faculty/Staff) or the University Doctor (Students – details below) immediately and then, if so advised, to stay home until they are symptom-free.

     
  4. We are looking at the safety/necessity of all student trips, public lectures/meetings, and community travel and will postpone or cancel any that are deemed unnecessary or high risk until further notice. Information on reimbursement of monies paid will be circulated shortly.
     
  5. We are extending the AUR Doctor’s hours – we will send a new schedule shortly.

Of course, we understand that there will be concern from families, especially those that live long distances away. The university has set up its own hotline for families who have concerns to talk directly to us. Families have a dedicated number available between the hours of 08:00 and 20:00 (Rome time) where they can speak to a senior manager about the situation. Families can also contact the university directly through our central switchboard number or email Maurizia Garzia, the President's Chief of Staff, at m.garzia@aur.edu
 
AUR will continue to closely monitor the response of the Italian authorities and following the instructions of the national government and local authorities in the Rome area. Any new developments will be announced promptly to the community.
 
I would like to thank the community for their ongoing understanding, collaboration, and support during this difficult time.
 
Below you will find information on how to avoid illness and what to do if you think you may be ill.
  
What should you do if you think you may be ill?

If you think you may be ill 

  1. Firstly, use the Italian Health Ministry hotline on 1500.
    This hotline offers information in Italian, English, and Chinese.
     
  2. Secondly, call your own doctor or the University doctor, they will be able to let you know what to do next.
     
  3. Thirdly, call the university and let us know what your situation is.

 If you need immediate attention, here are some options:
 
To contact AUR doctor, email studentlife@aur.edu
 
There is also an English speaking medical service that makes house calls; the service is called MEDinAction and prices range between €50 and €120 (50 €  business hours, 8am to 5pm, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 70 euro, after 8pm nights and weekends 100 -120 euro). They do accept medical insurance and Paypal payments, but you should ask them directly.
 
MEDinACTION, Andrea Guerriero, MD, +39 3204065709 – andrea.guerriero@medinaction.com.

You can also send an iMessage or WhatsApp message to that number.
 
Dr. Guerriero can also make appointments at a private hospital, Salvator Mundi (http://salvatormundi.it/contattaci-on-line-con-smih/ ), which is very close to AUR. They accept insurance but you may have to pay upfront and then be refunded.
 
In an emergency situation, you should always call the emergency number 112.
 
For non-Italian speakers, here’s a quick breakdown of useful vocabulary:

  • a fever – una febbre
  • a headache – un mal di testa
  • a cough – una tosse
  • a cold – un raffreddore
  • the flu – l'influenza
  • the coronavirus – il coronavirus

 
Best ways to avoid getting a virus:
Eighty percent of common infections are spread by hands. Washing your hands at least five times a day has been shown to significantly decrease the frequency of colds, influenza (the “flu”) and other infections. Not only will it help keep you healthy, but it will also help prevent the spread of infectious diseases to others.

Stay safer by: 

  • Washing your hands regularly
  • Promptly disposing of used tissues in the wastebasket or garbage
  • Coughing and sneezing into your handkerchief or shirt sleeve rather than your hands
  • Staying home when you are ill
  • Keeping your hands away from your face
  • Keeping common surface areas like doorknobs, light switches, and keyboards, clean and disinfected
  • Eating healthy foods and staying physically active to keep your immune system strong

For general information on current health alerts including the Coronavirus and flu 

For information from U.S. health sources, please see the links below

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AUR’s response to coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Updated Feb. 6

The university continues to monitor the outbreak of 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease and is closely following advice from public health officials.
We will keep this page updated as the situation unfolds.

There are two reported cases of 2019-nCoV in Italy and one suspected case.
Overall, the risk to people in Italy is considered low.
The American University of Rome currently has no students, staff, or faculty in China and we have no study abroad or exchange programs in place with China.

STAYING HEALTHY

Eighty percent of common infections are spread by hands. Washing your hands at least five times a day has been shown to significantly decrease the frequency of colds, influenza (the “flu”) and other infections. Not only will it help keep you healthy, but it will also help prevent the spread of infectious diseases to others.

Stay safer by:

  • Washing your hands regularly
  • Promptly disposing of used tissues in the wastebasket or garbage
  • Coughing and sneezing into your handkerchief or shirt sleeve rather than your hands
  • Staying home when you are ill
  • Keeping your hands away from your face
  • Keeping common surface areas like doorknobs, light switches, and keyboards, clean and disinfected
  • Eating healthy foods and staying physically active to keep your immune system strong

If you recently traveled to Italy from China, and you become sick, avoid contact with others except a health care professional.

The university will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.

For general information on current health alerts including the Coronavirus and flu 

For information from U.S. health sources, please see the links below

AUR's Emergency Contact System

The American University of Rome uses a dedicated Emergency Mass Notification System (MNS) to which all students, staff, and faculty are invited to join. This system is used to broadcast emergency notifications from the University e.g. closure due to unforeseen circumstances, dangerous situations in your locality, etc.

The MNS gives the University the ability to send a single message via multiple channels e.g. email, SMS, voice call, etc.(as a member you can define which channels you would prefer to receive messages on). It also gives us the opportunity, during emergency situations, to 'poll' members for feedback e.g. we may ask members to reply to a message to indicate their safety status and if they require help.

If you have not yet received your invitation to join the AUR MNS, please email h.greiner@aur.edu  

What is an MNS?
A Mass Notification System allows an organization to send a single message to members through a range of different channels e.g. SMS, Email, Voice, Pager etc. Messages will be sent to members through their channel(s) of choice and, in certain situations, can be set to allow user response through the same channels.

Why do we need an MNS?
The University has decided to invest in this system as part of its ongoing response to potential security issues that face all public institutions. In cases of emergency, this system will allow us to contact all members of the AUR community with information, updates, and instructions. It will also allow us 'poll' responses regarding individual member's safety and whereabouts.