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From Fayetteville State, worries for family living with coronavirus outbreak in China

Posted January 29, 2020 5:07 p.m. EST
Updated January 29, 2020 6:22 p.m. EST

— With millions forbidden to travel, thousands sickened and more than 100 dead, worries about a strain of coronavirus that originated have spread worldwide, including to the campus of Fayetteville State University.

Yan Huang is one of six students there, part of the Chinese Student Exchange Program. She is studying English and plans to teach that language when she returns to China after she finishes at FSU in May, if she is able to go home.

"I really worry about my parents," she said. "I tell them, 'Please stay at home.'"

While Huang's family lives in the northern part of China, far from the epicenter of the outbreak, she has seen the pictures of people back home wearing masks to protect themselves.

"I'm really sorry that I can do nothing for my country at this point in time, because I would like donate some money, do some things, but I can't," she said.

Over the years, FSU has hosted about 500 Chinese students, but after the outbreak and out of an abundance of caution, they asked a student registered for spring not to come.

Program director Sharmila Udyavar said, "As of yesterday, we told her she cannot come anymore because we're concerned about the safety of students and our faculty and staff."

The university also canceled plans to send student to China in summer 2020.

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