GW Student Association Statement:
There have been many developments in the last month about the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus in
the DC and greater DMV area and you have likely received much information regarding the University’s
response and the steps being taken at this time. In the midst of all the noise, there are three important
steps to remember as we head into this week: stay informed, stay calm, and be kind.
Stay informed — It is important that we are checking the source of all information we hear as it makes its way around campus. The University has created a one-stop site for all the information you need to know. We encourage you to dispel rumors as you hear them and stay vigilant in keeping up to date with the latest news. The site also lays out necessary information regarding international and domestic travel that we urgently ask every student to review as we figure out where to spend this stay-at-home period.
Stay calm — It’s healthy to be concerned and take extra precautions, but we need to be mindful not to panic. There are plenty of best practices to safeguard ourselves from getting sick — washing hands, cleaning surfaces, avoiding unnecessary contact with others with things like shaking hands, and keeping hands clear from your eyes, nose, and mouth. While we work to protect ourselves from illness at the community level, please also check in on one another on a personal level –– maintaining your mental health is just as important. You can learn more about GW’s counseling and psychological services