What Employees Need to Know about the Coronavirus at MIT

February 03, 2020

In keeping with MIT's commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our community, here is some information about this evolving situation and what you need to know.

  • All MIT community members who are currently in China or have returned from mainland China since January 19, 2020 must complete this travel registration form promptly so that MIT Medical can provide you with guidance and support. MIT Medical will respond to your submission, which will remain secure and private, as quickly as possible.<0>If you were in China and returned to the U.S. on January 18, 2020 or earlier, and you show no signs of fever, coughing, or difficulty breathing, you do not need to take any further action. If you have these symptoms, please immediately call 617-253-4865 to talk with an MIT Medical clinician.
  • If you have returned to campus from mainland China after January 19, 2020, we ask that you take the precaution of self-isolating. A definition of self-isolation and advice for how to do this can be found here. If you have any questions or need help to find a place to self-isolate, please contact coronavirus-support@mit.edu.
  • We ask that faculty make every effort to be as flexible as possible with students who may be affected by this and that supervisors do the same for staff. Questions about academic accommodations can be directed to ovc@mit.edu ;and questions about accommodations for staff can be directed to your Human Resources Officer in the HR Department.
  • Please note that the restrictions for travel to China announced on January 31 remain in effect.

Additional Guidance from MIT Medical

MIT Medical has updated our comprehensive FAQs to reflect the latest developments and to offer new advice. Like other universities, we are now recommending that event organizers take appropriate precautions to safeguard the health of attendees, and we are asking attendees to self-monitor for symptoms and stay home and self-isolate if they are ill.

Please remember that if you are feeling feverish and have an accompanying cough, congestion, or difficulty breathing, you should call 617-253-4865 to talk with an MIT Medical clinician before you come to Urgent Care. Tell the clinician about your symptoms and any recent travel.

Additionally, if you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed by this situation, or if you have experienced any kind of discrimination or harassment because of it, please remember that there are campus resources that are ready and able to help: