This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

UT Martin suspends international travel

The continued spread of COVID-19 has prompted University of Tennessee at Martin officials to indefinitely suspend international travel for employees and cancel Maymester international travel courses. Maymester courses that include a domestic travel component and domestic travel for employees are not currently affected. Maymester is an accelerated academic semester that runs May 11-29.

“While this news will be disappointing for many, and particularly for our students enrolled in Maymester travel courses, these changes are in the best interest of our university community at this moment,” said UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver in an email to university faculty and staff. UT Martin students are currently on spring break.

COVID-19 is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that is closely related to the SARS and MERS viruses that have caused past outbreaks. UT Martin is providing updates, FAQs and resources related to COVID-19 at this link.


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