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Coronavirus: Updates on DKU’s response

July 2, 2020

Duke Kunshan is closely monitoring developments surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak caused by novel coronavirus and is working hard to protect all our students, faculty and staff on campus and beyond. We will share updates as we have them here and on Facebook and Twitter.

There have been no reported cases of Covid-19 on the DKU campus. Kunshan city had 19 confirmed cases, with all patients making a full recovery.


Updates from Duke Kunshan University
The DKU campus will be closed except to essential personnel until May 11. Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on Covid-19, DKU's emergency response, what this means for our undergraduate and Study Away programs, online courses for students, and international undergraduate admissions.

June 23: Update for DKU staff on domestic travel
June 15: Fall 2020 updates for undergraduate students
May. 11: Chancellors welcome staff back to campus
Mar. 21: DKU to continue online instruction through spring semester
Feb. 24: Chancellors' letter to the DKU community
Feb. 5: Information for DKU staff: Back-to-work plan
Jan. 30: DKU extends campus access restrictions, plans online courses
Jan. 29: Kunshan confirms first cases of coronavirus
Jan. 29: DKU helps expedite return of international students’ passports
Jan. 26: A special message to DKU parents
Jan. 25: DKU postpones start of classes until Feb. 17; access to campus restricted
Jan. 22: Measures to protect DKU against the coronavirus

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Information for DKU students
Watch a webinar on March 5 for graduate and undergraduates, and read our Frequently Asked Questions for details on undergraduate and Study Away programs, credit/refund options, storage of belongings, online courses for students, and more. For graduate students in DKU's Class of 2020, please be aware that Duke University has postponed it's commencement weekend.

Financial, logistical information for DKU:MMS students
Financial, logistical information for GH, iMEP, MP, ECE students

Information on online courses
PE class information for sessions 3 and 4
Using Coursera for DKU
IT tools for online learning
CAPS: Seven ways to stay focused when studying from home

Information for Undergraduate students
Information for Medical Physics students
Information for Global Health students
Information for ECE students
Information for iMEP students
Information for MMS:DKU students


Information for DKU parents
You can find updates on webinars as well as our weekly newsletter at Updates for DKU Parents. You can also read our Frequently Asked Questions for information on Covid-19, DKU's emergency response, what this means for our undergraduate and Study Away programs, online courses for students, and international undergraduate admissions.


Information for DKU faculty
Keep Teaching DKU provides guidance, strategies and FAQs about online teaching and information on how to receive support.


For the latest media reports quoting DKU experts, visit DKU in the Media.

Dealing with coronavirus: It's OK to be anxious Mental health experts including DKU's CAPS director Yan Li discuss ways to deal with isolation and anxiety

Coronavirus: Why did it catch us off guard? Infectious disease expert Greg Gray discusses why Covid-19 spread so quickly, why it’s so deadly compared with other viruses, and what we should be doing to prevent another pandemic.

Outbreak shows need to focus more on viruses with pandemic potential Benjamin Anderson, an infectious disease epidemiologist and assistant professor of science and global heath, calls for more resources to study viruses that could cross over from animals to human.

Xenophobia, too, is a virus facing China A touching opinion piece by visiting DKU professor William O'Brien. (Toledo Blade)

Important information and resources:

Anyone suffering symptoms including shortness of breath, chest pains, coughing, breathing difficulty or a fever of 37.8 C (100 F) or above should seek immediate medical assistance. Here are some basic health tips to minimize the risk of infection:

- Wash your hands regularly for at least 15 seconds with soap and warm water
- Avoid large crowds of people, such as at airports, trains stations, etc.
- Wear a surgical mask or N95 mask while outside
- Avoid close contact with people who have flu or cold-like symptoms
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Avoid unnecessary travel
- Exercise regularly to maintain good physical health
- Ensure your place of residence has good airflow
- Thoroughly cook meat and eggs
- Avoid contact with live wild animals and farm animals
- Avoid wet markets with live poultry

For health advice, situation reports and the latest travel advice, use the following resources:

U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization (English)
World Health Organization (Chinese)