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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

CQUniversity is closely monitoring the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is supporting any affected students and staff based on information from the federal Department of Health and other relevant authorities. CQUni will continue to update students and staff as new information becomes available. You can also find the below information translated in Mandarin on our CQUni China Website.
COVID-19 can make humans and animals sick. Some COVID-19 can cause illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases, including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

The virus seen in Hubei Province, China is called ‘novel’ because it is new and you will also see it referred to as 2019-nCoV. It had not been detected before this outbreak. To date, most people infected live in, or travelled to, Hubei Province, China. There have been cases of Coronavirus reported in other Chinese provinces and other countries. It is likely that the virus originally came from an animal, and there is evidence that it can spread from person-to-person.

CQUniversity continues to monitor the situation closely and will ensure that we take the most appropriate action based on advice from relevant government departments and health authorities. To date, we have no reason to believe that any CQUniversity staff member or student has been exposed to this virus; however, we do feel that it is important to raise awareness about this issue so that everyone understands the risks and symptoms, as well as what to do if they are concerned about exposure to the virus.

Based on the latest advice from State and Commonwealth authorities we have advised staff and students to take the following precautions (as of 20 February 2020):

  • Travellers who have left or transited through mainland China in the last 14 days must self-isolate for 14 days from leaving mainland China and cannot attend campus.
  • Anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days must self-isolate for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.
  • If you start to feel ill within 14 days of leaving anywhere in mainland China or within 14 days of last contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you should arrange to see your doctor for urgent assessment.

CQUniversity has also made the decision to postpone or cancel planned university-related study tours and business travel to China until further notice.

CQUniversity is also enhancing our already high standards of hygiene delivery across our campuses with increased disinfecting of public areas and additional hygienic resources to be made available in areas such as receptions, computer labs and common areas.

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

Symptoms include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

No, based on the latest Government advice, anyone who has had contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 should self-isolate, this means you cannot attend any CQUniversity campus until the period of self-isolation is over. If you do start to experience any possible signs or symptoms you should seek medical treatment as a priority.

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

The 14-day period starts when the person has left China.

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

No, based on the latest Government advice, anyone who has had contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 should self-isolate, this means you cannot attend any CQUniversity campus until the period of self-isolation is over. If you do start to experience any possible signs or symptoms you should seek medical treatment as a priority.

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

No, based on the latest advice from the Queensland Government, travellers who are returning to Australia and have visited China, including Hong Kong, should not attend any campus or classes for 14 days after leaving China, including Hong Kong.

Travellers who returned from mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 will also need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day they departed China.

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

Even if you don’t need to self-isolate, based on the latest advice from the Queensland Government, CQUniversity is asking that anyone who has travelled to China, including Hong Kong not attend campus for 14 days after their departure, so as to avoid any possible risk to other staff and students. This is a precautionary measure following advice around the timeframe that people may be contagious before showing symptoms.

No. Only those people who have themselves travelled to mainland China or who have been in contact with a confirmed case should self-isolate.

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

Self-isolation means staying at home and not accepting visitors. This is a precautionary measure following brand new advice around the timeframe that people may be contagious before showing symptoms. If you have travelled recently to mainland China or have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, it is important that you follow this new advice.

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

Yes. Travellers who have left or transited through mainland China in the last 14 days must self-isolate for 14 days from leaving mainland China and cannot attend campus.

No, travellers who have transited through Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan (unless they have been in mainland China) on or after 1 February, do not need to self-isolate.

If you develop mild symptoms:

  • isolate yourself from other people
  • call a doctor or hospital and tell them you may have COVID-19 infection
  • when you get to the doctor’s clinic or hospital, tell them again that you may have COVID-19 infection.

If you have serious symptoms such as shortness of breath:

  • call  000  and ask for an ambulance (this will work even if you don’t have phone credit)
  • tell the ambulance officers that you may have COVID-19 infection.

Your doctor will test you for COVID-19 and provide advice on management. You will also be contacted by Public Health officers who will provide you with more information.

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

If you have been informed by Public Health authorities that you are a close contact of a confirmed case of the COVID-19 and have developed symptoms, you need to contact your local Public Health unit for assessment (see contact below). You will be provided with advice on what to do next. You cannot attend your university or vocational education facility until Public Health informs you that it is safe for you to do so.

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

No, CQUniversity has made the decision to cancel all university-related staff and student travel to China until further notice. This decision has been made to minimise the possible health risks to our staff and students. Students who were scheduled to attend a study tour in China will be contacted as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you had been planning to travel to the region for work or as part of a study tour, you should contact your supervisor, study tour leader, CQUGlobal office and TravelCrew as soon as possible.

The decision to ban and postpone outbound travel is based on the latest travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs who issued a travel advice warning advising against travel to China.

As always, the best to prevent any viral infection is to practice good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene. This includes:

  • washing your hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet;
  • avoiding contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact);
  • coughing and sneezing into your elbow rather than your hand;
  • keeping a distance of at least one metre between yourself and others who may be exhibit symptoms of illness;
  • disposing of used tissues and wipes in an appropriate rubbish bin.

Visit the Australian Government Department of Health homepage at www.health.gov.au.
Call the Public Health Information Line on 1800 044 599.

Discuss any questions you have with the Public Health Agency monitoring you.
Contact your state or territory public health agency:

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

CQUniversity is following advice from the Department of Health, Queensland Health and a number of other official authorities, which are updating information regularly.

Following are some useful links to official updates and information:

Department of Health
Queensland Health
Queensland Department of Education
Study in Australia
Smart Traveller