INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS

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Employers should start doing these things now, even if COVID-19 has not arrived in the communities where they operate. They can already reduce working days lost due to illness and stop or slow the spread of COVID-19 if it arrives at one of your workplaces.

Make sure your workplaces are clean and hygienic
o Surfaces (e.g. desks and tables) and objects (e.g. telephones, keyboards) need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly
o Why? Because contamination on surfaces touched by employees and customers is one of the main ways that COVID-19 spreads

Promote regular and thorough hand-washing by employees, contractors and customers
o Put sanitizing hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the workplace. Make sure these dispensers are regularly refilled
o Display posters promoting hand-washing – ask your local public health authority for these or look on www.WHO.int.
o Combine this with other communication measures such as offering guidance from occupational health and safety officers, briefings at meetings and information on the intranet to promote hand-washing
o Make sure that staff, contractors and customers have access to places where they can wash their hands with soap and water
o Why? Because washing kills the virus on your hands and prevents the spread of COVID19

Promote good respiratory hygiene in the workplace
o Display posters promoting respiratory hygiene. Combine this with other communication measures such as offering guidance from occupational health and safety officers, briefing at meetings and information on the intranet etc.
o Ensure that face masks1 and / or paper tissues are available at your workplaces, for those who develop a runny nose or cough at work, along with closed bins for hygienically disposing of them
o Why? Because good respiratory hygiene prevents the spread of COVID-19

Advise employees and contractors to consult national travel advice before going on business trips.

Brief your employees, contractors and customers that if COVID-19 starts spreading in your community anyone with even a mild cough or low-grade fever (37.3 C or more) needs to stay at home. They should also stay home (or work from home) if they have had to take simple
medications, such as paracetamol/acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin, which may mask symptoms of infection

Keep communicating and promoting the message that people need to stay at home even if they have just mild symptoms of COVID-19.
o Display posters with this message in your workplaces. Combine this with other communication channels commonly used in your organization or business. 
o Your occupational health services, local public health authority or other partners may have developed campaign materials to promote this message
o Make clear to employees that they will be able to count this time off as sick leave.

Before traveling
o Make sure your organization and its employees have the latest information on areas where COVID-19 is spreading. You can find this at
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/
o Based on the latest information, your organization should assess the benefits and risks related to upcoming travel plans.
o Avoid sending employees who may be at higher risk of serious illness (e.g. older employees and those with medical conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease) to areas where COVID-19 is spreading.
o Make sure all persons travelling to locations reporting COVID-19 are briefed by a qualified professional (e.g. staff health services, health care provider or local public health partner)
o Consider issuing employees who are about to travel with small bottles (under 100 CL) of alcohol-based hand rub. This can facilitate regular hand-washing.

While traveling:
o Encourage employees to wash their hands regularly and stay at least one meter away from people who are coughing or sneezing
o Ensure employees know what to do and who to contact if they feel ill while traveling.
o Ensure that your employees comply with instructions from local authorities where they are traveling. If, for example, they are told by local authorities not to go somewhere they should comply with this. Your employees should comply with any local restrictions on travel, movement or large gatherings.

When you or your employees return from traveling:
o Employees who have returned from an area where COVID-19 is spreading should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days and take their temperature twice a day.
o If they develop even a mild cough or low grade fever (i.e. a temperature of 37.3 C or more) they should stay at home and self-isolate. This means avoiding close contact (one meter or nearer) with other people, including family members. They should also telephone their
healthcare provider or the local public health department, giving them details of their recent travel and symptoms.

Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus?

No. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth). Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.

Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus?

No. Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus. The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, and WHO is supporting their efforts. Although these vaccines are not effective against 2019-nCoV, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.

Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease

Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Actually, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that coud occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

The new coronavirus cannot be transmitted through goods manufactured in China or any country reporting COVID-19 cases.

Even though the new coronavirus can stay on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days (depending on the type of surface), it is very unlikely that the virus will persist on a surface after it has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperatures. If you think a surface may be contaminated, use a disinfectant to clean it. After touching it, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus?

No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV. To protect yourself against the new coronavirus, you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.

Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new coronavirus?

UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation.

Can pets at home spread the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?

At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus. However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets. This protects you against various common bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans.

 

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus

  1. Stay aware of the latest happenings on the virus
  2. Wash your hands frequently. Use a soap.
  3. Maintain at least one metre distance between yourself and anyone who’s coughing or sneezing frequently.
  4. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  5. If you have to sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Dispose of the tissue after every use.
  6. If you have fever or cough and sneeze frequently, immediately seek medical care.

Source: World Health Organisation

In case you notice symptoms, DO NOT PANIC.
Contact the University Health Centre (+914023010206 / 23132403).
Dr. Anupama Row, Chief Medical Officer is the single point of contact.

Gandhi hospital has an isolation facility for our university zone.
OPD timings for Coronavirus Clinic: 9 to 11am
Helpline number: 914027505566
Nodal Corona Officer: Dr Sravan Kumar, Superintendent Gandhi Hospital

OR

The 24X7 Helpline Centre set up by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

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