Dear Faculty Members, Staff and Students,
The COVID-19 epidemic continues to threaten the health and well-being of our world. And while Thailand has experienced very few new cases over the past several weeks, the recent surge of cases in many countries means that a worldwide pandemic is but a step away if Thailand becomes complacent in our vigilance of this disease. Therefore, despite everyone’s best efforts, this ever-intensifying COVID-19 epidemic in several countries outside of China has prompted the Thai Ministry of Public Health to issue a statement on Sunday, February 23rd, and Mahidol University on February 24th. This new announcement addresses the pressing issues to travelers to and from the areas with high case surges. While the announcement by Mahidol University is attached for your perusal, I would like to summarize the salient points as follows:
- As of now, the countries and territories identified as ‘At Risk’ are those with recent case surges or on-going epidemics. The complete list of countries is included at the end of this announcement. The list is dynamic, as this epidemic is dynamic. New countries may be added by using WHO, MOPH and Ministry of Education data. Persons are considered to be in the risk group if they have traveled from or transited in these countries. Thus, it is imperative that students, staff, and faculty members report all international travels to HR to ascertain if you do or do not need to be quarantined.
- Staff, faculty members, and students are to avoid travels to or transit in At Risk countries until further notice. This includes students who are traveling as part of an outbound exchange in Trimester
- Those who have returned from At Risk countries within the past 14 days are to be placed under home quarantine to complete the 14-day period after arrival in Thailand.
*Please follow this link use the QR code below to report your travel history. *
For faculty and staff, you will be receiving further emails from the Offices of Human Resources and Research and Development detailing the appropriate steps to be taken. There will be an updated announcement to support staff and faculty members who may need to be placed under quarantine. Meanwhile, MUIC will continue to encourage the use of alcohol gel and face masks, as well as frequent cleaning of public areas and communal spots with 70% alcohol.
Finally, I have no doubt that the new measures being announced here will pose a disruption to your social, professional, and personal routine. However, I am also hopeful that you will understand the gravity of this particular outbreak and the catastrophic impact it will have on Thailand’s economy, infrastructure, and morale should we not take steps to prevent it. As always, I am grateful for your cooperation and understanding. The respective offices are poised to support and facilitate the process so that you may continue to work and study as productively as the situation may allow.
At Risk Countries and Territories: China, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, S. Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Italy, Iran (as of 25/2/2020)Chulathida Chomchai, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics