Coronavirus response

The University is closely monitoring the situation in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
This page is intended for regurlarly providing updated information and links to external guidance from relevant bodies for our students, staff and visitors.

The University Statement

The Government of Uzbekistan has announced new measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Uzbekistan. These will include quarantine measures in all educational establishments including Universities starting from tomorrow, Monday, 16th March for the next three weeks.

Therefore, WIUT will also impose quarantine measures from tomorrow, Monday, 16th March for the next three weeks and it means that we will move to on-line teaching and learning mode where possible. No physical classes to be held from tomorrow and students shall stay at their homes or places of residence.
If students have their Course work (or other assessment) submission deadlines during the next three weeks they should only submit their works through on-line submission system, no paper based submission will be required.
As stated above we will be moving to on-line teaching and learning mode that means, all lecture and seminar materials shall be uploaded to intranet to enable students to self-study.
The default means of communication such as website, WIUT e-mail system, and WIUT official telegram bot will be used for important updates, therefore, please check your e-mail boxes regularly.


What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. 
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

Basic Protective Measures
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

FAQ

Cancellation of Events
In relation to quarantine measures, the University events are postponed to a later date.