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Updates regarding Coronavirus Infection Prevention Measures (what to do if you feel unwell, get infected, or are in close contact with an infected person)

  • July 22, 2022
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Updated November 11, 2022.

If you feel unwell:

1. Please avoid coming to the university if you feel unwell (eg. if you have a cough, fever, sore throat, joint/muscle pain, diarrhea or experience overall fatigue/drowsiness, changes in sense of smell or taste). In this situation, you must contact the applicable Student Affairs Section (students) or applicable General Affairs Section (staff) in accordance with Kobe University’s system for reporting cold-like symptoms.

If you are a student and you feel unwell, please fill out the ‘Record of Cold-like Symptoms’ form available via the following URL:  https://kenshinweb.health.kobe-u.ac.jp/(You will need to log in using your KNOSSOS ID).

In addition, please take your temperature every day (more than twice a day, including in the morning and evening), and keep a record of both your temperature and symptoms. If your symptoms worsen, please go to a clinic/hospital.

You must avoid coming to university for the following periods:

  • 7 days counting from the day after your symptoms first appeared, and
  • 24 hours after you have stopped taking medicine and have no symptoms.

(For fever and tiredness, you must also wait for 24 hours after you stopped taking medicine (eg. cold medicine/fever medicine) and have no symptoms)

(For those clearly diagnosed with influenza (i.e. those who tested positive for influenza), please wait until at least 5 days after becoming ill and 2 days after your fever has passed).(updated November 11, 2022)

Once the above periods of time have elapsed, you may come to the university again.

Caution: However, for 10 days after you recover, continue practising strict infection prevention measures such as wearing a mask. Continue to monitor your health (by taking your temperature etc.), and avoid contact with high-risk persons (e.g. the elderly), high-risk places and eating out with others. 

After returning to university please continue to wear a mask and monitor your temperature every morning. If you feel unwell again, refrain from coming to university.

If you think you need to go to the doctor’s, please call your local doctor’s clinic beforehand. Do not show up at a clinic without contacting them first.

If you don’t know which clinic to call, please contact Kobe City’s Novel Coronavirus Health Advice Hotline: 078-322-6250 (24 hours)

Reference: Information about Kobe City Novel Coronavirus Health Advice Hotline/COVID-19 Testing Call Center for Foreign Nationals: https://www.city.kobe.lg.jp/a97852/kenko/health/infection/protection/english/corona.html

List of Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare Coronavirus hotlines in different languages: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/hotline.html

2. For those with symptoms seeking advice or an estimated diagnosis, please see the MHLW’s page on ‘What should I do if I think I might have COVID-19?’ (halfway down the following page:  https://www.c19.mhlw.go.jp/covid-19-en.html) This is summarized below:

Please contact the hotline in any of the following situations:

  • You are experiencing intense tiredness, breathing difficulties, or high fever.
  • You are elderly or have an underlying health condition (including diabetes, heart problems, respiratory disorders (such as COPD), dialysis patients, those undergoing cancer treatment or taking immunosuppressant medication, and pregnant women).  Please contact the center as soon as possible as you are at risk of severe symptoms.

* Please note that the above points are guidelines. If your symptoms worsen, please do not hesitate to go to hospital after calling.

If you are diagnosed with novel coronavirus:

3. Both students and staff are not allowed to come to university if they have novel coronavirus. In this situation, students should inform their Student Affairs Section and staff should inform the General Affairs Section.

Students should also fill out the ‘Record of Novel Coronavirus Infection etc.’ form available via the following URL:  https://kenshinweb.health.kobe-u.ac.jp/ (You will need to log in using your KNOSSOS ID).

In addition, please inform your Student Affairs Section (students)/General Affairs Section (staff) when you have been told by your medical institution/the health Center that your treatment has been completed.

Relapses have been reported in patients who have recovered from novel coronavirus. Therefore, please continue to practice thorough infection prevention measures (wearing masks etc.) and monitor your temperature every morning even after your treatment has ended. If you feel unwell again, please refrain from coming to university.

If you have been informed that you are a close contact (i.e. you have been in the presence of person(s) diagnosed with novel coronavirus for an extended period of time):

4. Please inform your Student Affairs Section (students) or General Affairs Section (staff) if you are a close contact. Follow the Health Center’s directions and practice infection prevention. In addition, please refrain from coming to university for 5 days (updated 26th July, 2022) after your last contact with the infected person(s) and stay at home (self-study at home). (See ‘Notes’ at the bottom of this page).

Students should also fill out the ‘Record of Novel Coronavirus Infection etc.’ form available via the following URL: https://kenshinweb.health.kobe-u.ac.jp/ (You will need to log in using your KNOSSOS ID).

Reference: About changes to the system for reporting novel coronavirus infections and cold-like symptoms (May 30, 2022)

[Please read] What to do if you have been told to self-isolate

If you live with a close contact or have been in their presence for a long period of time:

5. If you live with a close contact or have been with a close contact for a long period of time, monitor your health, contact your Student Affairs Section (students)/General Affairs Section (staff) and refrain from coming to the university. Also, if someone you live with is feeling unwell, please monitor their health and yours.

Refrain from coming to university until the close contact has been tested negative for novel coronavirus infection. If the close contact has coronavirus, then you will become a close contact and must self-isolate.

Students should fill out the ‘Record of Novel Coronavirus Infection etc.’ form available via the following URL: :  https://kenshinweb.health.kobe-u.ac.jp/ (You will need to log in using your KNOSSOS ID).

6. If you feel unwell while at the university, please be sure to wash your hands well, wear a mask and practice correct coughing etiquette. After returning home, please follow Step 1 and avoid coming to the university (*see ‘Notes’ below).

Notes:

Regarding self-isolation (staying at home and not coming to university)

For 7 days you must take and record your temperature every day (more than twice a day, including in the morning and evening), and practice thorough infection prevention (hand washing, coughing etiquette, wearing masks properly). If you feel unwell during this period (cough/fever etc.), please follow the instructions from your local Health Center. At the beginning of your isolation period, make sure you have enough food and water etc. To protect yourself and the lives of others, please refrain from going outside during self-isolation (except in unavoidable situations).

[Please read]  What to do if you have been told to self-isolate

If you have been told to monitor your health:

For 7 days you must take and record your temperature every day (more than twice a day, including in the morning and evening), and practice thorough infection prevention (hand washing, coughing etiquette, wearing masks properly). If you feel unwell, please follow Points 1 and 2 at the top of this page.

 

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