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Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): A message from your NEXSTEP team in Asia regarding student safety, travel advisory and guidance.

All the team at NEXSTEP is carefully monitoring the situation of the 2019-nCoV in Asia and its potential impact on our various internship, faculty-led and Semester program in the region.


We understand that the current uncertainty of the (2019-nCoV) may be a source of anxiety for our participants and their families, however we also need to stay sensible and follow trusted source of information and guidelines to avoid creating unnecessary stressful situation. Following official guidelines, NEXSTEP will be providing ongoing information and critical incident support to all our community.

Mainland China Programs
In response to the FCO and State Department travel warning and escalating news of the Coronavirus, NEXSTEP has suspended all China and Hong Kong programs between February – April 2020. NEXSTEP will continue to monitor the situation in China and throughout the world, actively checking in with the WHO, as well as updating our travel warnings and advice to all students and partners.

(Non-China) Asian Programs
Our other program locations including Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan and India have not been suspended and are currently running. We are carefully monitoring the virus’ impact day-to-day though the World Health Organization (WHO), including the travel Advice pages, as well as international travel advice from the US Department of State, British Foreign Office Travel Advice and Australia Smart Traveller. 

NEXSTEP is following the recommendations guided by the US Department of State recommendations for travel, which are based on a scale of 1 to 4. We have listed these below, as well as the the current recommendations for NEXSTEP Asia program locations.

1.   Exercise normal precautions
2.   Exercise increased caution
3.   Reconsider travel
4.   Do not travel Japan


South Korea

Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions. 10th February 2020
US State Department


Vietnam

Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions. 10th February 2020
US State Department


Indonesia

Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions. 10th February 2020
US State Department


Thailand

Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions. 10th February 2020
US State Department


India

Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions. 10th February 2020
US State Department


Singapore

Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions. 10th February 2020
US State Department

For all students on our programs at this current time, or for those participating on one of our future programs in the coming months, we suggest:
·      Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections;
·      Frequent hand-washing with soap and running water, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment;
·      Avoiding unprotected contact with wild animals;
·      Wear a mask while at railway stations and airports (to reduce droplet infection)
·      Thoroughly cook eggs and meat
·      Try to cover the mouth and nose when sneezing. 
·      In case of symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel, travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their health care provider.

Lastly, we understand that you may have had to postpone or cancel some of your programs and may need to look for last minute alternative solutions. At NEXSTEP, we are ready to support you during this challenging times and review together possible immediate solutions that we could offer to enable your students to travel abroad this summer. We are committed to the continuity of all our services and will adapt to any situations changes.

Additional Resources:

Jerome Le Carrou
Founder and Executive Director at NEXSTEP

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