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Information and Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Update (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. 

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

Ref.: World Health Organization   https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

In order to jointly control the COVID-19 pandemic, it is required that faculty members, staff members, and students regularly monitor the situations,

recommendations or practices from the website of the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health at https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php and the World Health Organization (WHO)

Message from the Dean

MU/MUIC Announcements

Countries with high cases

Message From The Dean

Dear Faculty Members and Staffs, 
 
Out of caution, Mahidol University has announced that all on-campus teaching and learning activities on Salaya Campus should cease from March 16 to 20. This is a result of the ongoing investigation of possible person-to-person contacts with the one COVID-positive student mentioned in an earlier MU announcement. Every known contact is being tested and quarantined at this time. The investigation is still ongoing and includes contacts with students from various faculties and persons in shops around the MU Salaya campus. 
 
As we have already made provisions regarding teaching and examination, I would like to make adjustments given this new constraint.
 
  1. There will be no on-campus instructions from March 16 to 20 as per the announcement. Instructors are asked to continue instruction online or to bridge missing content with alternative methods of teaching, such as independent projects. Those who teach subjects that are a prerequisite of subsequent other courses will work together with the involved instructors to bridge the gap. 
  2. Week 12 and Week 13 will remain the final examination weeks. All finals will be take-home or online exams whenever possible. In order to communicate information related to the exam with students, lecturers may use their class time in Week 12 (if needed) to conduct a briefing session. For classes that plan to conduct on-campus examination: 
    • Classes with one section must schedule their exams in Week 12 during their regular class time only. 
    • Classes with more than one section can have their exams during Week 13 as usual.
  3. Students should come to campus only when necessary and avoid gathering in large groups. While on campus, students are to stay within the vicinity of the two buildings of MUIC. During exam weeks, food will be available at canteens in both buildings until dinner time. Please avoid going to the surrounding areas of the campus.
 
COVID-19 has the ability to spoil even the best-laid plans, as we have witnessed. Thus, I must reiterate that take-home exams may become a reality at any time should the epidemic worsen. Finally, I also know that providing the best learning experience for students remains the greatest concern of our instructors. This sudden change of plans will no doubt cause worries and anxieties among students and teachers alike. But I am also confident that, by working together with available technologies, we can find alternative modalities and will continue to deliver the educational experience we all desire.
 
Yours, 
 
Chulathida Chomchai, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Dean, Mahidol University International College

 

Dear MUIC and PC Students,

This morning, Mahidol University announced that one of its students who has been admitted to Siriraj Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19. While this is alarming, I would like you to keep a couple of things in mind.

Firstly, the announcement is very clear that the illness was acquired OFF CAMPUS.  Secondly, all possible contacts are being investigated and followed. MU and MUIC are taking all reasonable precautions to protect the university community.

Finally, and most pertinent to all of you, MUIC will arrange for all face-to-face instruction to conclude by the end of Week 11 (Sat March 21).  Some final exams will be rearranged. You should speak to your instructors regarding the specific details of your class. But in short, we aim to conclude classes and exams sooner than initially scheduled to shorten the amount of time you all will spend on campus.

I would like to remind you once again that it is important to share information in an accurate and responsible manner, for the good of our University and our community.

Chulathida  Chomchi, MD

Associate Professor of PediatricsDean,
Mahidol University International College

Dear Staff and Faculty Members,
 
As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to intensify in Thailand and around the world, it will become increasingly difficult for all of us to obtain face masks for protection against respiratory droplets and secretions, which are the primary mode of transmission of this virus. Should the situation intensify to the point where everyone must wear a mask every day, it is unlikely that any reasonable supply of disposable masks will withstand such demand.
 
As such, MUIC has procured washable fabric masks with carbon filters. We have chosen this product based on its reported effectiveness at trapping small airborne particles such as aerosolized respiratory droplets. The procurement of these masks is no small feat as the choices have become quite limited due to great demand and diminished supply. We had intended to distribute two to each person; however, at this time, we have only been able to obtain 400 pieces. Thus, for now, I am asking all Executives, Chiefs, and Chairs to forgo their entitled supply, as there will be another delivery later this month. This will mean all other personnel will be given one. The masks can be gently hand washed by soaking in soap or shampoo solution once a week. Faculty Members can pick up their masks from the respective Division Secretaries. Staff can do the same from their Chiefs.  
 
I would also like to remind you that in addition to wearing a protective face mask, the practices of frequent hand-washing with soap and water or alcohol gel and avoiding touching your face or rubbing your eyes are crucial in keeping healthy.
 
While I know that this is a time of great stress and anxiety, I do hope that the provision of washable face masks will assure you that you will have adequate personal protection should the COVID-19 situation become critical. I wish you all continued good health. Please remember that you are all valuable members of the MUIC Community. Your health and safety will always be our top concern.
 
Yours    
 
Chulathida Chomchai, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Dean, Mahidol University International College
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:
  1. 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. 
  2. 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 
  3. 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 gratefu 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
Dean, Mahidol University International College
Dear Faculty Members, Staff, and Students,
 
Early yesterday morning (30 Jan 2020), I received a report of a student in PC who came down with a fever 24 hours after spending a day with a friend who had visited Wuhan before coming to Thailand.  That friend was later diagnosed with a 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection.  The student had spent the morning of the 29th studying at PC as usual, but after feeling feverish in the early afternoon, decided to return home.  Immediately, the PC Director, staff, Dr. Chayanant, and I coordinated the student’s care to make sure that any possible coronavirus infection could be identified.  The student was sent to Siriraj Hospital, where the student could be kept under isolation, and appropriate laboratory testing could be performed.  
 
I am relieved to report that the laboratory test done at Siriraj Hospital yielded NEGATIVE results for 2019-CoV.  Because the student has had no fever all day under observation, the result will be considered final by Jan 31st if her body temperature remains normal throughout the night.  This test result means that there is no coronavirus present in her blood, and those who have come into contact with her can rest assured that there is no risk of acquiring the infection.  However, as per protocol, the student will still be under observation and quarantined for the next 14 days.
 
As things return to normal at MUIC, I think it is more important than ever that we observe these important points together:
  • Frequently wash your hands and/or use alcohol gel throughout the day. There are alcohol gels available throughout the two buildings 
  • If you have a fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms, please put on a mask, inform SA or seek medical attention and stay home.  There are masks located in different areas throughout MUIC. 
  • Keep away from events where large crowds gather. 
 
Finally, we still know very little about this particular coronavirus, which makes this a time of great confusion, socially, academically, and emotionally.  It is then essential that we refrain from forwarding unconfirmed information.  Doing so adds to the confusion and turmoil and makes the situation that much harder to contain.  
 
It is my mission to keep MUIC safe and running efficiently.  This means that I am committed to sharing relevant information in a timely, transparent, and truthful manner. I believe if we all do our part, we can keep MUIC running with minimal interruptions despite whatever turmoil is occurring around us.
 
Chulathida Chomchai, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Dean, Mahidol University International College

 

MU/MUIC Announcements

Announcement of Mahidol University
  • April 30, 2020

Announcement of Mahidol University

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Measures to Help MUIC Students During Covid-19
  • April 27, 2020

Measures to Help MUIC Students During Covid-19

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Message from the Dean of Mahidol University International College Regarding Tuition Fee Reduction
  • April 18, 2020

Message from the Dean of Mahidol University International College Regarding Tuition Fee Reduction

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COVID-19 Situation Update Worldwide

Media

Contact

The Officers are in Charge of Covid-19 for MUIC and PC students.

For MUIC Students,
Please contact the Office of Student Affairs by email icsa@mahidol.ac.th.
For PC Students,
Please contact the Preparation Center for Languages and Mathematics by email icpc@mahidol.ac.th.

MUIC Contact Information

Section / Unit Contact Number/E-mail
Admission
092-346-1690
icdad@mahidol.ac.th
LINE:@muicfriend
Registrar: Academic transcript, Certificate of student status,
Change of major, Leave of absence, and Graduation
082-634-5531,
082-594-6599
Tel. 027005000 Ext. 4325, 4331-4334, 4342
registrar.muic@gmail.com
 
 Course registration and Add-Drop
080-111-3618
Tel. 027005000 ต่อ 4336, 4330
randa.ruj@mahidol.ac.th,
anothai.sae@mahidol.ac.th
Online e-Learning, Mid-term and Final Examination
Graduate Studies Center
096-685-1334
icgrad@mahidol.ac.th
LINE/FB Messenger: @muicmaster
Library
081-712-3999
iclibrary@mahidol.ac.th
Facebook: MUIC Library & Co-Working Space
Student Exchange Program
084-560-6815
icia@mahidol.ac.th
Students’ Welfares
081-755-6104,
089-991-7797,
089-988-6262
icsa@mahidol.ac.th
Facebook: MUIC student affairs
Preparation Center for Languages and Mathematics (PC)
083-995-7107,
089-550-7478
icpc@mahidol.ac.th
Training and Consulting
061-501-1174,
0846466810
ictraining@mahidol.ac.th
Facebook: MUIC coaching center
Finance
091-505-4969,
098-669-6564
pornthip.pia@mahidol.ac.th
Procurement
081-809-2730,
083-764-2620
aree.kon@mahidol.edu
Salaya Pavilion Hotel
02-441-0568-9,
093-575-5625,
099 423 5951
rsvn@salayapavilion.com
LINE: sphfo
Public Relations
098-269-0302,
098-925-4499
iccc@mahidol.ac.th
LINE: muicfriend