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March 20, 2020

The Current Special Edition: Information about Coronavirus at UCSD

By Ethan Edward Coston, Managing Editor of The Triton and Ella Chen, Editor-in-Chief of The Triton

Hello Tritons,

In order to ensure you have access to the best possible information, we’ve dedicated this week’s issue of The Current to information related to coronavirus.

If you have any questions for us about COVID-19 or any other issues, please email us. We would also like to hear from students impacted by the new changes to campus. If you are a student worker, do not have access to the materials you need to attend class virtually, or are impacted another way, please leave a message through our website.

As always, The Triton recognizes its duty to serve the UCSD community and the greater La Jolla area at large. We will continue to publish updates as they are announced to inform our readership about the latest breaking news regarding coronavirus and campus events. Our staff will be working remotely to deliver information to all communities impacted on and off campus. Stay safe and healthy. 


Ethan Edward Coston
Managing Editor of The Triton

Ella Chen
Editor-in-Chief of The Triton

What is the coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a newly-identified strain of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019. According to the World Health Organization, “common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.” In order to prevent the spread of infection, people are advised to observe hygienic practices such as regular hand washing, using hand sanitizer with over 60% alcohol content, covering the mouse and nose when sneezing and coughing, and avoiding contact with others that display symptoms of respiratory illness. Moreover, non-essential gatherings of over 10 people are strongly discouraged. 

Why is social distancing necessary?

Social distancing is all part of the effort to “lower the curve.” Asymptomatic people can still spread the disease without knowing they have it. Even if you’re young and healthy, you can still spread it to other at risk populations. 

These two articles to an excellent job of explaining this:

Live Updates

Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore on Flickr.

Staff with The Triton have been working diligently over the past couple weeks to provide updates about campus as they occur. We will do our best to continue to provide updates as we receive information and post on social media.

Here are the major updates you need to know:

  • Governor Newsom issued a Stay-at-Home order for the entire state of California. We are waiting to hear from UCSD about how campus will be impacted.
  • Due to recommendations from Governor Newson and an order by Mayor Kevin Faulkoner, all bars and nightclubs are closed. Restaurants are only serving take out orders.
  • All instruction for Spring Quarter will be online, including labs and studio classes.
  • The UCSD Library and UCSD Recreation facilities are closed until future notice
  • Until March 29, parking restrictions and Triton Transit are suspended. Transportation Services will provide more guidance for spring soon. However, they previously announced that D passes will be valid in S spots next quarter.
  • There are currently 47 cases of COVID-19 reported in San Diego County, one of whom is in La Jolla and two are from UCSD Health.

News We're Reading

  • LA Times has lifted the paywall on coronavirus related reporting, including their daily newsletter, Coronavirus Today. Read yesterday’s edition and subscribe here.
  • CalMatters is answering reader questions about Coronavirus. Read here.
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