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Returning citizens from an area with active community transmission of the new coronavirus

These are the most recent recommendations (dated 27 February 2020) given by the Directorate-General of Health about COVID – 19. You can check the document here.

Students, staff, and professors of the University of Porto who, under these recommendations, decide to stay at home, will not be penalized for any absence.


To children, young people and adults returning from an area with active community transmission of the new coronavirus, such as North Italy, China, South Korea, Singapore, Japan or Iran, the Directorate-General of Health informs that by now, following guidelines World Health Organization (WHO), there are no restrictions on your stay in our country.

However, in the next 14 days:

  • Be aware of the appearance of fever, cough or if you have difficulty to breath;
  • Measure body temperature twice a day and record the values;
  • Check if any of the people with whom you live closely have symptoms (fever, cough or difficulty breathing);
  • If any of the symptoms mentioned appear (in the person or his / her family), do not go immediately to the hospital;
  • Call the SNS24 (808 24 24 24);
  • Follow the guidelines of the SNS24.

It is also recommended:

    • Wash your hands frequently, with soap and water, rubbing them well for at least 20 seconds;
    • Reinforce hand washing before and after preparing food or meals, after using the bathroom and whenever your hands are dirty;
    • Alternatively, use an alcohol-based solution for hand hygiene;
  • Use tissue paper (single use) to blow;
  • Throw used tissues in a waste bin and wash your hands immediately;
  • Cough or sneeze into the arm with the elbow flexed, not the hands;
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with hands that are dirty or contaminated with respiratory secretions;
  • Avoid staying in closed and crowded places for 14 days after returning;
  • Avoid physical contact with other people for 14 days after returning.

The evolution of the situation can be followed at

These measures are part of the International Public Health Emergency declared by WHO, following the epidemic of a new coronavirus. Countries have increased their vigilance to quickly diagnose possible new cases of COVID-19. ”

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