Remote Learning and COVID-19 Updates


Welcome Back

Dear Students,

Welcome back to a very interesting and exciting semester, Fall 2021! I say exciting because we do not have to use the hashtag #alonetogether now, we are back for face-to-face learning, of course with face coverings. The hallways have been empty these past five months.  We at the School of Population Health, Nutrition & Wellness missed you very much. Very happy to have Andrew's family back. God had kept us safe, while we have also experienced the loss of many loved ones. The COVID-19 Pandemic has been described by the United Nations as the worst global health crisis in their 75-year history. It is more than a health crisis; it has been a socio-economic crisis among others.

Despite the destruction, the pandemic has brought innovation to the forefront of higher education. Remote learning is fun, you can sleep late into the morning and have bed-time breakfast and lectures at the same time in the comfort of your suite. You can interact with your professors while zooming in with them. So this is our new norm. While the second wave of the pandemic fluctuates with cases, and the end is not in sight, we might as well make the best use of the innovative opportunities and appreciate technology outside the classroom. Of course, we will meet with you face-to-face as well.

Professors in the school of PHNW are preparing informative webinars about the pandemic for you. I just did one on “COVID-19 Pathology, Treatment and Prevention.” We are preparing additional webinars on the topics of enhancing your immune system through plant-based foods and exercise.

Would like to bring to your attention, the “Community Covenant of Care” pledge established by our president and the administrators.  “we regard our personal rights and preferences as secondary to His call to care for the wellbeing of others, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Read more about the pledge click here.

Accordingly, we are required to always wear masks and social distance ourselves to keep ourselves and others safe from COVID-19 pandemic. Also clich here to read Andrews University COVID-19 updates.

May God bless you and keep you and your families safe!


Dr. Uppala

What is COVID-19?

Example of a coronavirusCOVID-19 is the abbreviated name for the disease called coronavirus disease 2019, which was first identified in Wuhan, China in early December 2019. The World Health Organization officially adopted that name on February 11, 2020, and the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) called the virus responsible for the disease “SARS-CoV-2” which stands for: severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

How does it spread?

Droplet from cough or sneezeRight now, the virus is believed to spread from person to person via respiratory droplets from an infected person when they cough or sneeze within about 6 feet from each other.
People can also get COVIC-19 by touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them and then touching their own face including their eyes, nose, or mouth.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms have ranged from mild to severe and they may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

They usually include:



Difficulty breathing

Other symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose & nasal congestion, or
  • Diarrhea

Some people have no symptoms, even though they can still spread the virus to others.


What is the situation in Michigan?

This dashboard comes from the Michigan Department of Transportation.