On 31 January 2020, an emergency dialogue was called at the ILC Room, Admin Building regarding the novel coronavirus being declared by the World Health Organization as a public health emergency, the Health Services Unit of UP Cebu reminded its constituents to practice universal precaution. This includes frequent hand washing, avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals, practicing proper cough etiquette – maintain distance and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of your elbow – avoiding close contact with people showing cold or flu-like symptoms, and ensuring that food is well-cooked.