Novel Coronavirus related illness (COVID-19)

The information below is current as of March 26, 2020

We, the Health Service Center of the University of Tokyo, offer various health services including clinical services to the university members. Currently the laboratory test of the new coronavirus is available only at limited facilities, and specialized treatment for the new coronavirus infection is offered at designated medical centers. If you have cold-like symptoms or fever (>=37.5 C) for more than 3 days*,  or if you have strong fatigues or shortness of breath, it may be a sign of novel coronavirus infection. Call the public health service center or see this page or this. *: two days if you are aged or have underlying diseases.

Tokyo Governor Koike called on March 25th to stay inside, work remotely and avoid nonessential outings this weekend [March 28-29]  due to novel coronavirus infection spread. (This is not a mandatory order, but voluntary cooperation is requested.)

A new coronavirus is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. The number of patients is  growing in Japan as well. Preventive actions are recommended.

Everyday preventive actions (source: CDC) :

•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
•Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•Stay home when you are sick.
•Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

- If you feel sick after travel to the area or a contact with a sick person returned from the area, seek medical care. Before you visit a hospital / clinic, call in advance and tell the staff about your recent travel / contact and your symptoms.

- Diagnosis testing for the new coronavirus is available only at limited facilities. University Health Service centers cannot perform the test. We refer suspected patients to appropriate hospitals whenever necessary.

Q & A on novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan.

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Travel restriction is in effect for arrival at and from Japan in many countries. Check your place of departure and destination.

Restricted area/regions to enter Japan

Travel.State.Gov - U.S. Department of State (excerpt)