AAU is a global university with students, faculty and staff from around the world. Our priority is the wellbeing of our students and we are actively monitoring the situation.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has reported an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and continues to expand. We are not aware of any confirmed cases at AAU at this time.

AAU is a global university with students, faculty and staff from around the world. Our priority is the wellbeing of our students and we are actively monitoring the situation as it develops. 

There are now thousands of cases of coronavirus globally with confirmed cases in Europe in France and Germany. In Czechia, no cases have been confirmed as of January 28.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, symptoms of the virus include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. The CDC believes that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. The illness can be more serious for individuals with a weakened immune system, the elderly, or those with underlying respiratory problems. It could result in bronchitis and pneumonia.

AAU is not currently restricting travel to or from China or other international areas based on the illness. However, based on ECDC guidance, the University encourages faculty, staff and students to avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China, until the situation stabilizes.

Anyone who has returned from China within the past 14 days and is sick with fever and a cough, or difficulty breathing, should seek medical care immediately and call ahead to the doctor’s office to inform them of recent travel and symptoms. Students with symptoms should notify their healthcare provider immediately and limit travel.

At the Prague Airport measures have been put in place, including intensive screening of incoming flights, announcements on incoming flights, and more stands with disinfectant. AAU will follow the recommendations of the Czech Ministry of Health

regarding coronavirus as the situation progresses.

For further information about the coronavirus and current information on the situation, visit the ECDC Coronavirus WebsiteThe World Health Organization has prepared a website with advice for the public regarding Coronavirus .

The AAU community is advised to check official AAU email regularly for updates.

Please note the information cited here was valid as of January 29th, 2020 and is subject to updates. 


Publication date: January 29, 2020