• Human Resources wants to be sure that we're all keeping up-to-date on the coronavirus situation. Here's the latest communication from our president and provost, dated February 4, 2020. Updates will be posted here as they become available.

    David Van Zandt, President
    Tim Marshall, Provost

    Coronavirus Update

    We are continuing to monitor the path of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and paying close attention to possible implications for our campus community. For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, including Frequently Asked Questions about its impact. Parsons Paris students, faculty, and staff can find local information in French on the French government's website. All members of our community can also visit our FAQ and information sheet for updates.

    At this time, the CDC has not changed its recommendations for prevention, evaluation, and treatment of coronavirus. While the news reports are concerning, it is important to remember that the likelihood that any particular individual is infected with the coronavirus is very low.

    We are carefully following the guidance of health authorities and want to emphasize the importance of adhering to best practices for preventing the spread of illness.

    • Practice good hygiene—including washing hands with soap and water, using hand sanitizer, coughing into your elbow, and avoiding touching your face—to prevent the spread of respiratory illness.
    • Faculty or staff who display symptoms should not come to work and should visit their medical provider immediately.
    • Students with symptoms should not attend class or work and instead go to Student Health Services or their medical provider right away. Student Health Services is located at 80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor. It is best to call ahead, at 212.229.1671, option 2, when possible.
    • Medical clearance for return to school or work is not necessary. However, anyone with a fever should not return to New School activities until they have been fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours. Student Health Services distributes free thermometers for students who do not have them.

    Members of our community have inquired about the protective value of wearing a surgical mask. Health officials have emphasized that their effectiveness in preventing coronavirus is limited and are not currently recommending the general use of a mask to avoid contracting the virus. Masks are intended to keep out larger liquid droplets and may not sufficiently filter out fine particles that may contain the virus.

    We know that a new and unfamiliar illness like the coronavirus can cause anxiety and fear, making it more important than ever to embrace our values and avoid assumptions about who may have come into contact with the virus based on their origin or heritage. At The New School, we have a richly diverse community of scholars, collaborators, and friends whom we work and study with every day. This diversity fosters a community ready for any challenge and makes our campus a center for vibrant discussion and learning.

    We understand that the spread of the coronavirus may cause emotional strain in our community. The news media can be a helpful source of information, but it can also create stress for some people. The most reliable scientific information can be obtained on the CDC website. In addition, if you'd like to speak with a counselor or a mental health professional, students can contact Student Health Services, and faculty and staff can contact The New School's Employee Assistance Program.

    Although the coronavirus is a serious health concern, the flu continues to pose a much greater health risk for New York and the rest of the country. According to the CDC, the flu has affected approximately 20 million people in the U.S. this winter, and the New York State Department of Health reports 15,000 active cases this week alone. We recommend that members of our community for whom it is appropriate get a flu shot. Flu shots are available from your medical provider, local pharmacies, and, for students, Student Health Services.

    We will continue to keep you informed as more details become available.

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