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February 28 Community Website Update

Health Update for Students returning from Study Abroad in Italy (Feb. 28, 2020)

The University continues to closely monitor the evolving situation relative to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Our students who were participating in study abroad programs in Italy—where COVID-19 has rapidly spread—are returning home. Upon return to the United States, students have been instructed by the University not to return to Villanova’s campus for 14 days. During this time, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization’s recommendations, students will monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and take their temperature twice a day.  

The Student Health Center has received questions regarding coronavirus and what the quarantine period means. Below are details about coronavirus symptoms and quarantine information:

  • Coronaviruses are a very large and common family of viruses. Symptoms are often mild, like a cold, and can range from mild to severe. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. 
  • If during the 14-day quarantine period a student develops even a mild cough or low-grade fever (100.4 F), they should continue to stay home and self-isolate. This means avoiding close contact (three feet or nearer) with other people, including family members. 
  • If a student develops symptoms during the 14-day quarantine period, they should telephone their family doctor’s office or contact the local health department and provide details of their recent travel and symptoms, to determine if further testing or medical care is needed.

Villanova University’s emergency preparedness team continues to meet regularly and review the latest information about the virus and how it could potentially affect our campus community. We will continue to communicate with our students, their families, faculty and staff regarding this changing situation.  

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization websites.

For additional questions and concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the student health center at or visit our website