The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK and the US continues to rise. The health and safety of our programme participants is of primary importance to the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

We are monitoring the situation closely and following guidance from the relevant UK and US public health bodies. 

The Commission is open and staff are working remotely. We are continuing to review our programming plans as public health guidance is updated. Any changes to programming will be noted on this page and participants will receive notification from programme managers.

Given that we work with a number of partners and other organisations to deliver our programmes, it is possible that their own policies may mean that it is necessary for programmes or events to be cancelled or delivered remotely. 

In the meantime, we ask that you follow guidance from Public Health England: 

  1. The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started (if you live alone), or 14 days (if you live with someone who has symptoms). You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

  2. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.

  3. To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue in a bin immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.

  4. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.

If you have an underlying health condition, ask your doctor whether you should participate in your programme. 

For programme participants currently in the US, please look to the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for information about the virus and how to protect yourself, as well as advice from your institution. 

Last updated on 3 April 2020.