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Coronavirus outbreak prompts Stanford to order travel restrictions, quarantines

Original post made on Feb 1, 2020

Stanford University is restricting all travel to China to prevent a spread of the coronavirus epidemic and requiring a 14-day quarantine for people who traveled to the country before they take part in classroom or on-campus activities.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 31, 2020, 5:20 PM

Comments (7)

Posted by StanfordPhD
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 1, 2020 at 1:50 pm

There is a scientist in our lab at Stanford, he just returned from China. We saw him on campus eating from communal food!!! This must be stopped!! Go home stay home!!


Posted by Old Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 1, 2020 at 2:14 pm


The country is in the throes of an outbreak of a new form of coronavirus, which has thus far sickened nearly 10,000 people and killed more than 200, according to the CDC.


Sounds like 1 in 50 people with the virus die.
I’d expect enforced mandatory quarantine. Not just voluntary.
I’ve no doubt we’ll see more cases on the Bay Area soon due to insufficient restrictions


Posted by Annie
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 2, 2020 at 7:31 am

Should Stanford either cancel or postpone the family weekend at the end of February?


Posted by Big Picture
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 2, 2020 at 11:13 am

Hmmm. This might be a time for Stanford medical to get involved with the local school system to get them to care about teaching good hygiene or at least making it less challenging for kids to engage in good hygiene. Stanford has all these restrictions for adults returning, but are those adults just going to send their kids to local elementary schools where it’s just assumed, with no consistent hygiene help or education that even the littlest ones will wash their hands?

When I was a parent volunteer, I observed that it was not the case that kids were encouraged to, for example, wash their hands after using the restroom or before eating. The standard response to concerns about a lack of reasonable hygiene education or practice like encouraging and giving extra time for hand washing before lunch, was that kids would learn at home and should know by then even if the teacher encouraged them to just get out of the room (with the sink right there) when it was lunch time, and could clearly see the kids were mostly not washing their hands before lunch. (Ugh, and let’s not get into the fact that every time there were projects involving toilet paper rolls, there would be GI illnesses going around.). The teachers would just shrug and say the kids could go (out of their way to make a special trip during their too-short lunch period) to the bathroom, which again, they could clearly see was not happening.

When I mentioned that even grown doctors in hospitals are given access to hand sanitizers everywhere, even though sanitizers work less well than hand washing, because even adults who know the consequences forget to wash their hands, and children in school are just learning what is expected of them in the school environment, again I just got little more than shrugs in response. So, for example, when the little ones are already given so little time to play at lunch — and many will barely eat their lunches much less bother to stop and wash their hands while they’re missing such short opportunity to play — modeling, teaching, and most importantly, carving out time for just ordinary hand washing at the right times is an important part of their education, self care, and PUBLIC HEALTH.

Our district seems determined to teach the opposite of self care, with too-short lunches in middle school, too, that cause kids panic about even getting through the lunch lines, much less getting to line up for the teacher they need help from in that short period (or keeping soap dispensers properly maintained).

In a school district that is only now catching on to the importance of absenteeism, never mind illness-related absenteeism, how are they going to deal with students of these Stanford faculty who are not themselves already sick? Or of the many families from China in the district who are not Stanford and who will send kids right back to school where the barest of good hygiene practices are not broadly encouraged? There is such an abysmal approach to independent study for chronically sick kids as it is already, how is the district going to help kids whose Stanford families do honor the self-imposes quarantine in regards to school, in order that the older kids don’t become horribly stressed out if they have to miss school, too?


Posted by Old Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 2, 2020 at 1:18 pm


the New England Journal of Medicine published a paper that revealed that human-to-human transmission of the virus “has occurred among close contacts since the middle of December 2019.”
The government largely ignored the spread of the virus until the middle of January, and now Chinese citizens are outraged by what they see as Beijing’s cover-up of the severity of the situation.


Web Link


Posted by Hmm
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Feb 3, 2020 at 9:12 pm

This will make a strange situation for high density housing, co-living situations, and dorms.


Posted by Born in the U.S.A.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2020 at 12:17 am

Just so everyone knows, there are many of us Chinese born in the U.S. and Chinese immigrants who are upset over this whole thing, upset when we read things such as the first posting of selfish people infecting others. Please don't blame all of us, we are as upset about this as others that there is only self-quarantines. There are still flights on Chinese airlines flying into the U.S!

Info below from Web Link

"China Eastern has become the first major Chinese carrier to suspend flights to and from the United States because of the escalating Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

China's two other major carriers, Air China (AIRYY) and China Southern (ZNH), did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Direct flights to the United States were still available to
book on Air China and China Southern's websites on Monday.

Major international airlines such Air Canada, (ACDVF) American Airlines (AAL), British Airways, Delta (DAL), Lufthansa (DLAKY) and Qatar Airways have already suspended all flights to and from mainland China until the end of February or longer. United Airlines (UAL) said Friday it was suspending flights from its US hub cities and Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai from February 6 to March 28. This week, the carrier will "operate select flights to help ensure our US-based employees, as well as customers, have options to return home," it said in a statement.

A growing number of countries, including the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, have begun barring entry to all foreigners who have traveled to mainland China, with Italy and Israel stopping all incoming air traffic from the country. Many more countries have told their citizens not to travel to mainland China."


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