Coronavirus (Covid-19) Response

Online Instruction Update

April 16, 2020

Aureus University will conduct all classes for the May 2020 semester online. Lectures, laboratories, and examinations will continue online for the full semester.

With the uncertainty of travel in the near term, this is a welcome announcement for many students. We understand that the disruptions caused by this global pandemic are a significant cause of anxiety. At Aureus, student safety and security are the highest priority. 

 Students may submit applications for the May 2020 term through April 25, 2020.

Class Scheduling and Locations

March 25, 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis, Aureus University School of Medicine has transitioned to virtual instruction for all Pre-Med and Basic Sciences classes. We will continue to operate in this manner until further notice. During this time, students are encouraged to continue the application process for our Spring and Fall 2020 semesters. International students may apply to the May 2020 term and beyond as well.

The University will begin all regularly scheduled classes for the upcoming May semester either on the island of Aruba or via virtual instruction. In the event restrictions are lifted, students should prepare to begin the May term in Aruba. In-person or virtual instruction for all students, including incoming freshmen, will commence on May 4, 2020, as scheduled.

The University will regularly communicate more specific guidance and information as it becomes available. Students are encouraged to stay informed through official channels for important updates about both international and domestic travel.

We understand that the disruptions caused by this global pandemic are a significant cause of anxiety. We want every student to understand that at Aureus, we are determined to continue our classes without interruption. You are the future of medicine and will play an essential role as we face these global threats to our healthcare systems.

If you have any questions about the upcoming terms at Aureus, please contact the Admissions Team. We stand ready to guide you so you may begin your medical education without delay.

 

COVID-19: Social Distancing

Everyone has a role to play to reduce and slow transmission of COVID-19. Social distancing is one way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means avoiding crowded places and maintaining distance from others. More prevention tips: https://bit.ly/2QbLFkW

Posted by CDC on Friday, March 20, 2020

 

Know How it Spreads

CDC Guidelines

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  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

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Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

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Stay home if you’re sick

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Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
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Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
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Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

For information about travel please read the current CDC recommendations.