Guidelines for COVID-19

【To all students, academic staff, and administrative staff】

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

2020.05.11 updated

Follow the guidelines below if you have a fever or symptoms of COVID-19. Please monitor your health as much as possible, and measure your body temperature before going to school or work every morning.

① First day of symptoms:

If you have any symptoms such as a fever, cough, general malaise/fatigue, or a body temperature of 37.5 °C or higher (even without other symptoms):

Please DO NOT go to school or work. If you are a university staff member, please report to your university department by email. If contacting by e-mail is difficult, a phone call is also acceptable.

If you are a student, please report to the Student Welfare and Affairs Division or the Student Exchange Division by email.

In addition, please report on the following matters (hereinafter referred to as “information to report”) using Report Form 1*.

1) Information on the progression of your symptoms: When and what symptoms have you experienced? Progress including when and how high a fever rose, etc.

2) Information on your living situation: Symptoms of family members or persons living in the same house (with or without contact with people infected with COVID-19)

3) Information on your activities during the last two days before symptoms appeared (attendance at workplaces, meetings, parties, events, etc.)

4) Information on contact with people infected with COVID-19: with/without contact with infected persons, travel history in Japan and overseas, etc.

(1) If symptoms, including fever, are not severe, please rest and stay at home. Please refrain from going out.

Even if your symptoms are not so severe, you can consult a specialized "Returnee / Contact Consultation Center" *.

(2) If you have strong malaise or breathlessness (dyspnea), are elderly, have an underlying condition such as diabetes, heart failure, a respiratory illness, are on dialysis, immunosuppressant or anticancer medication, or are pregnant, please consult the specialized "Returnee / Contact Consultation Center" *.

(3) If you have an underlying disease, please consider consulting your doctor.

(4) If symptoms are severe, consult a nearby medical institution by phone, depending on the symptoms. (There may be other serious diseases, including infectious diseases.)

Afterwards, measure body temperature twice a day (morning and evening) and record as well as symptoms.

* "Returnee / Contact Consultation Center":
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/kenkou_iryou/covid19-kikokusyasessyokusya.html (Japanese)

② Until three days after symptoms appear:

1) If symptoms continue:

Please respond in the same way as on the first day of symptoms (as outlined above).

2) If your physical condition, including symptoms such as a fever, cough, and general malaise, has completely recovered without taking any medication:

At least 2 days past after your physical condition improves, you can go to work or go to school

However, for the time being, please wear a face mask while commuting or working and continue frequent hand washing and cough etiquette.

In addition, if you have diagnosed as any other diseases, please come to the university after getting the confirmation from the doctor that “the disease is completely cured”.

③ Four days after symptoms appear:

1) If symptoms such as fever, cough, and general malaise continue for four days (including if you need to keep taking fever medication):

Please call the "Returnee and Contact Consultation Center" * as above and consider consulting a medical institution.

In addition, if you go to a hospital or clinic, please wear a face mask, thoroughly wash your hands and practice cough etiquette - make an effort to avoid spreading the infection.

2) If your physical condition, including symptoms such as fever, cough and general malaise, has completely recovered without taking any medication:

At least 2 days past after your physical condition improves, you can go to work or go to school.

However, for the time being, please wear a face mask while commuting or working and continue frequent hand washing and cough etiquette.

What to do if you are diagnosed with COVID-19

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, do not go to school or work until the disease is completely cured.

If your diagnosis has not been finalized and you are instructed to make follow ups, please do not come to the university until you receive the all clear.

Follow the instructions of your medical institution and concentrate on treatment.

Please report to your university department via e-mail or phone as soon as possible. In addition to the above “information to report”, please report on your activities in the two weeks prior to symptom onset and on your activities within the university (including places potentially requiring disinfection such as work areas, break areas, bathrooms, etc.) using Report Form 2.

Work and school attendance will be suspended until you are cured. Resumption of work and attendance will be allowed with the permission of a physician.

Even if you are discharged after your status improves and you get twice negative of PCR examination, you may rarely get positive of PCR examination again, although the possibility of infection is quite low. Please stay home and work at your home for two weeks after your discharge.

What to do if you come in close contact with an infected person

If you have come into close contact*** with an infected person, please do not come to the university for two weeks from the day you made contact with said person.

Please let your department know your condition by e-mail using Report Form 3.

If you have any symptoms during this time, please respond according to the guidelines outlined above in "what to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19" (and submit Report Form 1).

Please avoid going out.

***: "Close contact" refers to those who have contacted during the period from 2 days prior to the date of outbreak of the patient to the date of isolation, the person who meets the following criteria is defined: a housemate or long time contact with COVID-19 patients (including in a car, train, or on an airplane), or a contact was possible at a distance (approximately 1 meters) that could be touched by hand or face-to-face, without any necessary infection precautions, more than 15 minutes.

COVID-19 patient (confirmed) is defined as “a person who have suspicious typical clinical symptoms of COVID-19 and confirmed by examination”.

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