Coronavirus Updates

Dear Students,

We would like to inform you about the preventive steps and the measures METU has taken regarding the spreading of corona virus.

No cases have been detected in Hungary and there is currently no sign of the disease causing flu-like symptoms. However, since international students of METU may come from the regions affected we are taking extra precautions.

We have contacted state authorities, our health service provider partner, universities and our partner dorms for information.


Based on the cases detected so far, the main symptoms of the disease are fever and breathing difficulties. With some patients, pneumonia may develop or it may cause bowel symptoms. The latency period may last up to two weeks. The virus may be infectious during the latency period as well, and it spreads typically via saliva droplets and via the respiratory system.

We have taken the following preventive measures:

  • We have asked students coming from the affected countries to only visit the campus after their arrival in Hungary if symptoms-free, following the 2-week-long latency period. 
  • We have introduced hospital-level disinfection several times a day on surfaces frequently used (handles, switches, elevator buttons) on all campuses.
  • We have placed informative posters in the bathrooms on the importance and the way of washing hands and asked METU staff to use hand disinfectant gels and - if needed – masks for the safety of your students.

What can you do for prevention?

The disease can be prevented with due caution, most effectively by frequently washing hands and complying with the hygiene regulations.

  1. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with a soap or alcoholic liquid. Use disposable tissues when sneezing or coughing. Throw away the tissue after use and wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. In case of developing an illness with fever, visit a doctor and if you have been abroad (especially if it was a country infected), inform the doctor about it.
  3. If you are planning a travel, you should stay away from markets selling live animals or unprocessed meat in places where the corona virus has emerged.
  4. Refrain from eating raw meat, dairy or products of unknown origin.
  5. Avoid meeting people infected.

Where can I track news on corona virus?

We advise you to follow information coming from official sources and reliable portals.

If you are travelling abroad in the near future, we advise you to check the information released by the WHO and the consulate:

If you want to see where the virus is spread at the moment, you can consult this interactive map:

The University keeps following the unfolding events and the official announcements in case further measures are needed to be taken.

Should you have any further questions or requests, please feel free to turn to the colleagues of the Student Information Centre via the below link:

Budapest, 31st January, 2020.

Kind Regards,

The Student Information Centre