Date: May 12, 2020
From: The Novel Coronavirus Infection Control Task Force Chief
To All Students, Faculty and Administrators,
Re: Notice on Required Anti-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Measures (10th official communication)
On May 8, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare revised its guidelines on consultation and diagnosis for the coronavirus disease, removing the criterion of having a “fever of 37.5 degrees or more, that lasts for 4 or more days”. The revised guidelines do not indicate a specific body temperature and call for immediate consultation if you have symptoms such as breathlessness or high fever.
Accordingly, Kyoto Institute of Technology has revised the content of “3. Call the “Center for Returnees and Persons Exposed to Infected Persons” of its 4th official communication.
Please note that Kyoto Prefecture’s request for suspension of the university’s activities continues and be sure to act keeping in mind the below Response to Kyoto Prefecture’s state of emergency measures.
We ask for your continued cooperation in making sure to avoid the “3Cs” (Confined spaces, Crowded places, Close contact), to wear a mask and to wash your hands regularly, in order to protect your own health and at the same time prevent the spread of the infection to others.
Response to Kyoto Prefecture’s state of emergency measures
Response to Kyoto Prefecture’s state of emergency measures (from April 18 to May 31) (updated on May 6)
Educational and research activities following the university closure (2nd communication)
・Refrain from gatherings, eating and drinking events attended by many people.
・Even during daily activities on campus, try to avoid situations where the distance from each other
in closed spaces cannot be sufficiently secured.
・If it is unavoidable that a large number of people gather, prepare a disinfectant solution, ensure
ventilation and require attendees to wear a mask.
・If you have symptoms similar to those of a cold, recuperate at home.
・Refraining from traveling abroad or accepting visitors, regardless of country or region,
is strongly requested.
・Persons returning to or entering Japan from abroad, regardless of country or region,
are strongly requested to remain at home for two weeks.
・Travelling overseas for business is not allowed, regardless of country or region.
・Refrain from travelling even within Japan unless absolutely necessary.
・The status of the novel coronavirus infection is changing every day. We will keep you informed
with any updated information and points for consideration.
・Please consult with the relevant office (see “Contact” at the end of this notice) in the event that
it is not easy to comply with the above measures.
(Reference) Some countries and regions have placed restrictions on immigration for travelers from
Japan. In addition, please note that both Japanese and foreign nationals, coming from specific
areas, are required by the Japanese government to remain for 14 days at a location designated
by the quarantine station chief, and not to use public transportation in Japan.
In order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, it is important that symptomatic persons are careful not to contaminate others. We request that you do all you can to prevent this virus from spreading. Hand washing with soap and disinfecting your hands with alcohol are the most effective ways to prevent the spread of disease (Note that alcohol disinfectant does not prevent the spread of norovirus.) Wear a mask and/or take care to cover your mouth with a tissue, a handkerchief or your sleeve when you cough/sneeze.
◆Measures to take Against Infectious Diseases（Japanese Version）
（Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare HP）
◆Measures to take Against Infectious Diseases（English Version）
（Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare HP）
◆Measures to take Against COVID-19 （Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare HP）（Japanese only）
◆On the Use of Masks （Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare HP）（Japanese only）
Summary of mask-use website content:
1. Don’t buy more masks than you need.
2. A towel or other cloth is effective if you don’t have a mask.
3. Wash your hands after going home and before cooking.
To help contain the spread not only of COVID-19, but of influenza and colds, which are mostly viral infections, remember that your personal actions matter. Be extremely vigilant. Do not push yourself to come to university when you are feeling fatigued, feverish or “not quite right.” Stay at home to avoid spreading any infection. Also, if you have a fever or cold symptoms, record your body temperature, symptoms, etc. on the attached “Self-reported Health Data Record.” （PDF、word）Continue recording your condition regularly and consult the KIT Health Care Center if necessary.
If any of the following apply to you, please call immediately the “Center for Returnees and Persons Exposed to Infected Persons” (consultation is possible even if the below do not apply).
(1) Strong symptoms such as breathlessness (breathing difficulty), strong dullness (fatigue) or
(2) If you are prone to sever illness (*) and have relatively mild cold symptoms such as fever and
(*) Elderly persons, persons with underlying diseases such as diabetes, heart failure, respiratory
diseases (COPD, etc.), persons on dialysis, persons receiving immunosuppressant treatment or
(3) Persons other than the above with relatively mild symptoms such as fever and cough that persist
(Please be sure to consult if you continue to have symptoms for more than 4 days. Symptoms vary
from person to person, so if you feel that you have a strong symptom, please consult immediately.
The same applies to those who must continue to take antipyretic drugs).
Note: If you are pregnant, please call the Center for Returnees and Persons Exposed to Infected Persons as soon as possible.
If, after hearing about your symptoms, the Center suspects you may have COVID-19, they will recommend a clinic that can diagnose you. Follow the instructions you receive from the Center.
When you go to the clinic to be tested, inform them in advance, wear a mask to keep from spreading the infection and avoid traveling by public transportation.
Be sure to send an email to inform the Student Affairs Office if you consult a clinic. In the message, include your student number, name, address/accommodation (College House Matsugasaki, Marikouji Kaikan, etc.), date you returned to/entered Japan, email address, symptoms and report on the instructions the health care or medical center gave you.