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A letter to all international students
Hits: Date:2022-12-16

Dear Students,

Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19, more positive cases or asymptomatic cases have sprung up on and off our campus recently. Please pay great attention to your health and read the following reminders carefully.

1. In order to protect your health, the current policy of ZUST is that all students shall stay in Hangzhou, and those who are already in other cities should stay around your residence area in your current city and do not return to Hangzhou or travel to other districts in you current city. Students are strongly suggested to cut the frequency of going out, gathering, and socializing recently to minimize the probability of contracting the virus.

2. If you do need to go out, please make sure to protect yourself, such as wearing a mask, keeping social distancing, washing hands regularly, not going to crowded places, and trying not to take public transportation.

3. We strongly suggest you to prepare antipyretic drugs, pain relievers, surgical masks, disinfectant alcohol and other epidemic prevention items.

4. It is important to keep warm in winter, exercise properly to strengthen immunity, ensure sufficient rest and nutrition, maintain room hygiene and keep your ventilated regularly. A sharp temperature drops is expected this weekend and please adapt your clothing to climate change.

5. If you have fever, cough or other symptoms, please contact your advisor in time, who will provide you with necessary help and guidance. If you are infected with the virus, please do not panic. The currently prevalent Omicron strain is less virulent and most people can realize self-healing without visiting hospitals. It is advised to drink plenty of water during home quarantine or take appropriate medications, and most people will recover to a large extent within 7-10 days.

6. Please do seek professional medical advice in hospitals if you have the following symptoms: difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath; persistent fever above 38.5 degrees Celsius for more than 3 days after taking antipyretic drugs; persistent inability to eat or drink, or diarrhea for more than 2 days; significant aggravation of existing health problems without control.

7. The school offers psychological counseling hotline for everyone. If you have anxiety, you can directly contact the psychological counselor Ms. Zhang Lude (Dingtalk number: zhangld199, cell phone: 18094716796, landline: 0571-85070142)

Attachment: Symptoms of Omicron virus infection

Day 1: The symptoms are mild. Slight dryness and soreness in throat and fatigue.

Day 2: Fever starts to appear, with some having a fever of about 39 degrees Celsius. Increased discomfort in the throat.

Day 3: The day with the most severe symptoms. High fever of 39 degrees Celsius or higher, body aches and physical weakness, and increased sore throat.

Day 4: Body temperature begins to drop. Many people's temperature drops to normal level since this day and they no longer have a fever, but they still have a sore and itchy throat. Some people begin to have runny nose and cough.

Day 5: The body temperature basically drops to normal level, but there are still symptoms such as stuffy nose, runny nose, sore throat, cough, and physical weakness.

Day 6: No more fever. Symptoms such as cough and runny nose worsen. The mucous membrane of the respiratory tract was affected and damaged by the previous virus, and the body expels the necrotic cells through runny nose and cough.

Day 7: All symptoms begin to improve significantly and nucleic acid test result is likely to turn negative.