By Ngoc Nhu Anh Ha
Coronavirus started in Wuhan China, but cases have been identified in an increasing number of other international locations, including the United States. This virus is increasingly influencing the entire world. Based on the CNN information, there are about 360,000 Chinese students studying in the United States were outside the country when the United States travel ban hit on January 31, shortly before many universities were due to resume. However, when Australia imposed its restrictions at the start of February, authorities estimated that 56% of Chinese students which is about 106,680 people were denied reentrance to the universities where they were seeking the degree.
Based on this worldwide health issue, coronavirus has a huge impact on the Bryant students, especially students who come from China and study abroad. One case has been identified in the states in Rhode Island on March 1, 2020.
At Bryant, there were approximately 200 Chinese students who went back home during winter break. Once back on campus, these students were encouraged to take medical face masks in the Health Service in order to protect themselves from the virus. Not only is the concern from students who came back to Bryant, but also I now have heard from my friends that many Bryant students who are currently studying abroad in a foreign countries are asking to come back to the United States due to the quick expansion of the virus. This health problem influences both domestic and international students at Bryant University with their education plans, since most of them are juniors.
Another way the virus is affecting Bryant students planning for upcoming semesters. Looking at the summer and fall and due to the quick expansion of coronavirus, Bryant University has even canceled sophomore international experience in China and Japan which it impacts on Bryant students’ plans. For example, this year students’ graduation Chinese and Korean students’ parents will possibly not attend their children’s graduation at Bryant because of the virus danger. Bryant University Health Services is closely monitoring the Coronavirus firstly identified in China. They are following the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. At this time, there is no identified risk to members of the Bryant community. The Bryant health services have done a review and do not believe anyone in our community has been in the Wuhan China area in the past 30 days.
The health services employers require that any Bryant student that has a fever with a temperature above 100.4 fahrenheit or 38 degrees, significant respiratory issues such as cough, difficulty breathing, and also who may have come in contact with anyone from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China within the prior 14 days to contact Health Services. This specific procedure shows the courage from the Bryant Health Services to Bryant students.
Bryant campus medical providers and administrators are actively working with local health officials as well as monitoring national guidelines to ensure the ongoing safety and well-being of all campus members. The CDC currently recommends avoiding travel to the Wuhan region of China. Since influenza and similar viruses are most prevalent at this time of year, students should take recommendations from health services to prevent infection from spreading illness which includes regular hand washing and use of hand sanitizer and covering the mouth and nose with your elbow when coughing and sneezing.
We should not let fear dictate our actions, but rather follow the advice of health officials. As an inclusive community, Bryant students should support each other, especially those who are worried about loved ones from areas where the virus has been detected.