What does the Coronavirus (CoV) has to do with you?
As of 1st February, 2020, CNN reported the number of confirmed cases of the Wuhan Coronavirus in China is 11,791 and the total number of fatalities reached 259.
The World Health Organization (WHO) described Coronaviruses (CoV) as a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)
A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.
What can you do about Coronavirus?
If you are dealing with people, like running a training center, childcare, church / community center and gatherings of people, the following practice may be helpful.
A. Taking Temperature
To monitor and track all persons in the group by taking temperature.
- Setup temperature-taking stations.
- Allocate time for temperature-taking according to the number of people.
- Issue a sticker if your temperature is not more than 37.5 C / 99.5 F to be visible at all times.
- If you lose the sticker, you will need to retake your temperature for another sticker
B. Travel Advisory
Self declaration and voluntary travel compliance.
- All persons in your group should be strongly advised to avoid travel to mainland China.
- If you traveled (or are intending to travel) overseas from 15 January 2020 onward, you are required to declare your travel plans to your group.
C. Leave of Absence / Self-Quarantine
Practice precaution in a group with voluntary Leave of Absence (LOA) and Self-Quarantine.
- If you have traveled to high risk countries, you should take a leave of absence of 14 days or self-quarantine.
- While on self-quarantine, you are to stay at home and limit your exposure to public spaces.
- You should monitor and take your temperature daily while on self-quarantine.
- If you are unwell should visit a doctor immediately and declare your travel history.
- If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms (eg. cough, runny nose, shortness of breath), please wear a surgical mask and call the clinic before your visit.