Student Announcements

Precautions against 2019-nCOV

27 February 2020

To:                    The University Community

From:               Norman Dennis E. Marquez, MD
University Physician

Subject:             Advisory on the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), Bulletin #13

Situation summary:

  • From DOH, a total of 614 Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) recorded; 3 are confirmed (+) for SARS-CoV-2; 524 tested (-); 42 pending results (as of 12nn, 26 February 2020)
  • The government’s Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) clarified that 479 (total 538) Filipinos onboard M/V Diamond Princess will be repatriated and quarantined in the Athletes’ Village, which has been vacated already by the first group of repatriated Filipinos; the 59 confirmed (+) for COVID-19 will not be allowed to leave the ship
  • The IATF-EID also clarified that the temporary travel ban to South Korea will not be applicable to Filipinos who are workers, students, and permanent residents of South Korea, provided they sign a written declaration signifying their knowledge of the risks of traveling there
  • UK and US researchers determine that screening measures detect less than half of infected travelers; the longer incubation periods make it increasingly difficult to detect individuals who do not exhibit symptoms or who have very mild symptoms; the lack of clear risk factors associated with COVID-19 transmission could make it harder for individuals to voluntarily avoid traveling or other measures if they suspect exposure; these factors, paired with the high prevalence of undetectable cases, substantially reduce the effectiveness of travel screenings at the border
  • Austria, Croatia, and Switzerland confirm new cases of COVID-19; there are now 37 total number of countries with reported COVID-19

China, Singapore, S Korea, Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, UK, Russia, Belgium, Finland, Spain, Sweden, UAE, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Israel, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Austria, Croatia, Switzerland

General preventive measures:

  • Proper hygiene practices and effective hand-washing techniques
  • Cover mouth and nose with tissue paper when coughing or sneezing then properly dispose of used tissue paper as infectious waste
  • Keep a distance of at least 1 meter (around 3 feet) from a person suspected of having SARS-CoV-2 infection or flu-like signs and symptoms
  • Avoid touching eyes after coughing/sneezing
  • Do not spit just anywhere
  • Proper handling and disposal of wastes; used masks should be considered as infectious waste and should be disposed of properly
  • Avoid unnecessary assembly or mass gathering, especially in closed venues
  • Gargle with warm saline solution 2-3x a day when having cough and sore throat
  • Hydrate regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Process raw food properly/hygienically and cook food well

Members of the community and visitors to the Ateneo, campuses are highly encouraged to inform/call the Office of Health Services/Infirmaries in their respected units (for students and visitors) or OHRMOD (for faculty, professionals, administrators, staff) if you manifest the following:

  • fever WITH a history of travel to areas with confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the 14 days prior to the onset of signs and symptoms
  • fever, cough/cold, difficulty breathing WITH a history of travel to areas with confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the 14 days prior to the onset of signs and symptoms
  • severe acute respiratory infection requiring hospitalization WITH a history of travel to areas with confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the 14 days prior to the onset of signs and symptoms
  • fever or signs and symptoms of respiratory infection within 14 days of close contact with any of the following: 

o   a confirmed or suspected person infected with SARS-CoV-2

o   a healthcare facility in China


Should you develop the signs and symptoms at home, do not go to school and inform/call the appropriate offices for specific concerns. Wear a mask and minimize contact with other persons at home. Please inform/call your family doctor about your condition before going to his/her clinic so that they can take precautions as well.


You can also refer to the following links for more information and updates:


These bulletins are intended to provide general updates and relevant guidelines as events related to the COVID-19 outbreak evolve. Expect changes and adjustments in precaution guidelines as well as in preventing the spread of the infection as new information emerge daily.  Also, given the volume of news reports and opinions being circulated in media and the internet, we enjoin everyone to refrain from sharing unverified information that can confuse or mislead others.


If you have inquiries or comments, you may send me an email at or to Engr Josephy Almosera at

Let us work together to build a safer and healthier community that we may serve the people for the greater glory of God.

Office of the VP for Administration and Human Resources
Ateneo de Manila University
+63 2 8426 6001 ext 4200
+63 2 8426 6083


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