Awareness information during COVID-19 outbreak
The World Health Organization (WHO), advises to “Travelers who had contact with confirmed cases or direct exposure to potential source of infection should be placed under medical observation. High-risk contacts should avoid travel for the duration of the incubation period (up to 14 days).”
In order to preserve and guarantee the maximum level of healthcare in Cameron International School, we agreed to take the following measures:
1. Any person who has been in the countries where infection is spreading (at the moment, China and Italy) are encouraged to come to school only after 14 days of their potential exposure, and after that period, to provide a medical certificate about their health status.
2. Any person who has traveled to any foreign country within the last 14 days, (affected or not directly by the virus, but in contact with other travelers from the countries affected) should bring a medical certificate about their health status prior to come to the school.
3. Any person who had been directly in contact with a person included in first two points, should follow the same protocol that them.
4. If you or anyone in your family present symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty breathing, please, seek medical care and do not come to school until you are being properly diagnosed and cured.
5. In the coming week, we will provide children proper information about the situation, following the WHO instructions for children according to their age. The objective is they feel safe and calmed about the situation.
6. Read carefully the following Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus:
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
a. Wash your hands frequently. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
b. Maintain social distancing. Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
c. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
d. Practice respiratory hygiene. Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
e. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
f. Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
We believe these measures are in the benefit to all of us, specially our children, so please do not hesitate to contact school for further information and in case you are not sure about your health status, follow protocol before coming to the school.
Please, don’t get alarmed by some news and find updated and proper information in WHO web site http://www.who.int.