Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
To: The NYU Community
From: Dr. Carlo Ciotoli, MD, Assoc Vice President for Student Health

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidelines for those who have been traveling abroad and returned to the US.

The New Guidelines

In essence, the new guidelines say:

  • If you have traveled in China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea any time within the last 14 days
    • you should self-quarantine at home until 14 days have passed from the last day you were in one of the aforementioned countries. You should not come in to work, class, or activities.
    • you should monitor your health by taking your temperature twice daily and staying on the lookout for other symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath.
    • you should practice social distancing -- avoid going out, gatherings of people, public transit, etc. Try to stand six feet from others.
  • If you start displaying symptoms -- a fever of 100.4F/38C, difficulty breathing, or cough
    • seek medical care.
    • let the healthcare facility know you are coming (students should call ahead to the Student Health Center and ask to speak to a nurse).
    • avoid contact with others while en route.
  • If you have any questions about any of this, please contact the Student Health Center at 212-443-1000.

Travel Survey

In order to help comply with CDC guidance and keep our community safe, all NYU affiliates -- students, faculty, administrators, and staff -- who have traveled outside of the United States in the past 2 weeks or plan to travel outside of the United States for any purpose through March 31 should complete this health form by 6 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, March 6). Based on your specific travel history, the University can follow up with you with the appropriate information, guidance, and assistance.


Given the possibility -- or even likelihood -- that additional countries will be added to the CDC roster of Level 3 countries, we will also ask you about future travel plans. That will enable us to reach out to you more promptly if CDC guidance changes.

Any information you provide will be kept confidential.

A Word of Advice Regarding Any Personal Travel

The University has prohibited upcoming, non-essential, international travel that is sponsored by NYU. We know that spring break, which begins soon, is often a time for travel. I would urge you to reconsider any personal international travel as well. In the current environment, it is entirely conceivable that you may end up in a quarantined zone, or that a country you visit will be added to the CDC list, requiring you to self-quarantine for up to 14 days on your return, which could be highly disruptive to your studies, research, or work responsibilities.

And finally, a special word for those students studying abroad. We know that for many of you, international travel can be as easy as hopping on a bus, train, or inexpensive flight, and that this ease of international mobility may have been a factor in your decision to study away in the first place. We are, nevertheless, strongly urging you to postpone any short-term international plans that you may be considering, both over weekends, and spring break. You face the very real risk of encountering travel restrictions, including the possibility of mandated isolation periods and/or bans that were implemented while you were traveling. Moreover, each of us has responsibilities to the communities of which we are a part; were you to contract COVID-19 through your travels, you could pose a risk to your classmates, faculty, and staff. Accordingly, please consider staying put, and taking the time to fully engage with your host city or unaffected parts of your host country.