What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans. Some infect people and are known to cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).  Novel coronavirus 2019, a respiratory illness, is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. It was reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

How does it spread?

The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or just breathes out.

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus, particularly if they are close to that person and breathe in those droplets.  In addition, these droplets can land on objects and surfaces that can come into contact with the person.

What are the symptoms and how dangerous is it?

As with other respiratory illnesses, Novel coronavirus 2019 can cause symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever and feeling sluggish.  It can lead to pneumonia and/or breathing difficulties.  More rarely, the disease can be fatal.  Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.  There is currently no vaccine available to protect against coronavirus.

How long does it take for symptoms to show?

The incubation period (length of time it can take before symptoms become evident) can be up to 14 days.

What are the steps I can take to reduce my exposure?

As a reminder, the coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 1-2m)
  • Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes

As the virus spreads through the world, below items you can undertake to reduce the risk to yourself, your family and the campus communities:

  1. Wash your hands well and frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
  2. Substitute a smile for a handshake, don’t share eating utensils or cups
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and/or mouth
  4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  5. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash
  6. Avoid close contact with others, particularly in enclosed spaces
  7. Stay home when you are sick

Do not travel if you are feeling unwell.  If you show symptoms of coronavirus at arrival airports, you may well be refused entry or quarantined and you will probably need to follow in-country procedures.  It may also prove difficult to get you home until tests confirm that you do not have coronavirus and symptoms have subsided or been treated locally.

What actions should I take if I live or have travelled to an area which has had reported cases and I develop coronavirus-like symptoms?

If you are feeling unwell and showing coronavirus-type symptoms, you should isolate yourself and seek medical attention/advice directly.

Who is at risk for COVID-19?

People who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or who have been travelling in parts of the world where the virus is actively spreading are most at risk of COVID-19.

What travel precautions should be taken?

If you intend to travel out of your home country, it is essential that you check the updated list of countries affected by the COVID-19 outbreak before booking any flights. Inform yourself via guidance provided from the local authorities as well as the authorities from the destination country.

What if I have recently returned to my home country from an affected country or region?

If you have recently returned from an area where there is thought to be an active spread of the disease in the community, you should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu.  You should follow this advice even if you do not feel unwell in any way.  Check with your local authorities for guidance on being tested for detection of the virus.

Where else can I get information and advice about COVID-19?

We are being guided by a number of leading institutions such as World Health Organisation (WHO), Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and International SOS. Helpful websites are –

International SOS

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Coronavirus Dashboard


Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

How to protect yourself against COVID -19?

Q&A: How to protect yourself when traveling during the coronavirus outbreak?

COVID-19 UPSAT Statement Update

COVID-19 UPSAT Statement 

UPSAT is closely monitoring internationaldevelopments surrounding the coronavirus health crisis(COVID-19), which has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization 

Each member institution has been adhering to the guidancefrom their respective authorities and from national directives (e.g., Ministries of HealthMinistries of Education, Labor Departments, etc.), in addition to the advice from relevant authorities around the world. A Contingency Committee has been constituted in each of the network’s institutions, comprising functional leaders and experts in the communitiesThese committees are leading various measures to protect the health and the safety of our students, staff and faculty. They are foremost advocating awareness and safety by having these communities informed via regular posts and information disseminated via each institution’sofficial communication channels, online and offline. Within the network, all students have had access to the ongoing status and the spread of COVID-19 worldwide and its impact on human healthNecessary measures and sanitary precautions required to avoid contamination have been put in place. Awareness sessions–both physical and digital-are taking place and these include seminars for studentsfaculty and staff. 

Through its network and relationshipsUPSAT has strong expertise and access to distance and online learningthese will form the basis for studies to continue in the most appropriate form for a great many of our students as the situations merit. 

At the current time: 

  • All educational institutions in have been instructed to closeby the local authorities as of March 12 (two days ahead of the regularly scheduled spring break), until further notice. 
  • The leadership teams in Tunisia are working to prepare continuation of studies, per the above plans, in coordination with, and per the indications of the local authorities. 

Of note, at this point, there are no reported cases of the coronavirus at Honoris,including students, staff and faculty. 

The Upsat website will be continuously updated. 

Health screening action at Upsat sfax

Club Para Sans Frontières, just a few days after its launch, created its first event, a health screening action with project volunteers: 20,000 trees to plant.
This health screening action was carried out by our students from UPSAT Sfax (all sections combined).
with a nutrition training carried out by ola gargouri and an effort rehabilitation training carried out by makram elaoun and nawres bouzayani
This morning was complemented by a Royal breakfast prepared by our students

Seminar on scientific writing with Dr Michel Gedda

UPSAT Sousse is organizing a seminar on scientific writing with Dr Michel Gedda on January 23 and 24.

The seminar is carried out under the supervision of Dr Michel Gedda, physiotherapist who has held various positions among the paramedical community. He is Director General of the Association for the Promotion of Para-Medical Professions (A-3PM) of Berck-sur-Mer and also, Project Manager in the Service of Good Professional Practices of the High Authority for Health (HAS) and editor-in-chief of “Kinesitherapy the Revue” of Éditions Elsevier-Masson.

1 st scientific day entitled Pink October

Since 1985, an annual international health campaign has been organized to raise awareness of the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of Breast Cancer.

In order to introduce its future graduates to this culture and to establish it in the traditions of the establishment, UPSAT, Private Faculty specializing in Health Sciences, took the initiative to organize its 1st Scientific Day entitled “OCTOBER ROSE ”with the support of Professor Catherine DZIRI Head of Service in Physical Medicine and Functional Rehabilitation.

The seminar started with a conference on Epidemiology and the National Program for the Cancer of the Woman given and animated by Dr Mounira NABLI, Consultant to the WHO. Breast Cancer is statistically the first cancer in women. The average age of diagnosis is 45 years.

Dr BOUDAYA Fethia Associate Professor in Gynecology at the Center of Maternity and Neonatology of Tunis, also participated in this day; his communication focused on “Breast Cancer Screening”. Ms. Ahlem BEN AYECHI, ​​President of the Scientific Committee of the National Association of Young Midwives, shed additional light on the role of the midwife in early diagnosis.

This meeting was also an opportunity to address, thanks to Pr Catherine DZIRI, the importance of lymphatic drainage and physical activity after breast surgery, which generate so many benefits for a minimum of constraints.

The program of the day was enriched by the conference of Professor Rabâa JOMLI, Psychiatrist at Razi Hospital, which dealt with the Psychological Support of a Woman suffering from Breast Cancer.