While the outbreak of COVID-19 is spreading across Japan, the number of confirmed cases of the infection has been increasing since the end of last December.
To prevent COVID-19 outbreaks on campus, we should essentially avoid the following ‘Three Cs’:
1. Closed spaces (with poor ventilation)
2. Crowded places (with many people nearby)
3. Close-contact settings (such as close-range conversations)
Although it is enjoyable to chat with your class mates or friends over meals, the risk of infections, particularly that of droplet infection, becomes high as the participants take their masks off during the meal time.So, please make sure to avoid meals (wining or dining) with a group of people except with your family members.
When in-person lectures or practical work are conducted in the closed spaces with poor ventilation, the risk of the infection is not necessary 0% even if the participants are wearing masks.Please make sure to comply with the following: wearing a mask and hand-washing.
When you do not feel well, please take a good rest at home and do not feel obliged to attend in-person classes or come to work.
What is needed is behaviour that ‘prevents you from acquiring a COVID-19 infection’, and also your kind considerations towards other people ‘so as not to inadvertently infect them’.
That would be what I expect from each of you right now.
28th January 2021 (Reiwa 3)
President, Hiroshima University
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