Meridian’s Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


At Meridian, the health and well-being of our staff and stakeholders are top priority.

Our team is closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is actively assessing the potential impact on its global community. This continues to be a fast-evolving situation. As such, we are assessing the impact of our programs and services daily and continually planning for future scenarios, including adjusted program models and planned events as warranted and/or recommended.

As the situation evolves, this page will be updated to provide the latest information, support, and guidance to our exchange community around the world and here in the United States.


From Meridian

U.S. Department of State

Updates for D.C. residents

From CDC and WHO

Precautions and General Information

As our understanding of the virus matures, one thing is clear: the prevention of infection is key to minimizing the spread of COVID-19. In this we all have a role to play, not only in terms of our own health but also in the well-being of others.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, fundamental hygiene that helps prevent the spread of germs such as this includes:

  • Clean hand thoroughly and often
  • Avoid close contact (less than six feet)
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs or sneezes – and wash your hands immediately after
  • Wear a face mask if you are sick (and only if you are sick)
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces often, especially those you touch

For detailed instructions, see the Steps to Prevent Illness from the CDC and COVID-19 Advice for the Public from World Health Organization.