The HSE has provided an information leaflet for Third Level Institutions on novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) for people who have come to Ireland from China, including visitors, students and workers.
There has been no confirmed case of coronavirus in Ireland and in line with our previous communications the following information applies: Staff worried about the new respiratory illness, Coronavirus (COVID-19) are advised to check for the most up-to-date information on the HSE’s website. Further information is also available on the Health Protection Surveillance Centre’s website.
If you are feeling unwell you should, in all instances, contact your GP for advice, then initiate a follow-up contact with your Manager/HR furnishing the relevant sick note / doctor’s cert.
Regarding coronavirus and testing, this is only an issue if you have developed symptoms [see HSE website] and, within the last 14 days, have been:
- In close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus.
- Travelled to mainland China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Singapore, South Korea or the Italian provinces, Lombardy, Piemonte, Veneto and Emilia – Romagna
- In a health care centre/hospital where patients with coronavirus were being treated
Like the flu virus, coronavirus is spread in sneeze and cough droplets so to protect against viruses, including coronavirus, in the workplace, you should:
- Wash hands properly and regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze. Turn away from other people.
- Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using tissues. Use single-use tissues and dispose of immediately.
- Follow travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs. If unwell following return from travel to an affected area, contact your GP and tell them of your recent travel.
- Do not share unwashed cups, glasses, dishes or cutlery.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Remember, if you are feeling unwell contact your GP for advice.