President Anne Houtman has suspended all Earlham College-sponsored student travel to China for the remainder of the spring semester and the summer of 2020.
The U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4 advisory on travel to China — essentially “do not travel,” and at least three airlines have suspended flights from the U.S. to mainland China.
The suspension of student travel to China will apply to all types of programming, including off-campus study, internships, research programs, and any other travel that involves Earlham students.
Earlham College administration and Campus Health Services are closely monitoring the ongoing outbreak in China, as well as updates from local and state health departments and the federal Centers for Disease Control.
Currently, there are no cases in Indiana. The College has been educating students and employees about symptoms and preventative measures. Campus housekeeping employees are trained in proper cleaning procedures and have appropriate supplies in stock to handle a potential outbreak here.
Here are the links to organizations that we continue to monitor:
The New York Times created a graphic to compare coronavirus with the seasonal flu: