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COVID-19 / Corona Virus – Update 1

COVID-19 / Corona Virus – Update 1

13th March 2020

SkillsConnection is Preparing

Update 1 - Knowing what's happening and knowing that you're in control

Ok. So now we are at the stage where there is a very high chance that it’s going to happen.

The focus needs to be on flattening the curve to better enable the health authorities to cope, easiest explained graphically.
(Numbers in graphs are not actual)

Actions Required:-

From the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS):-
Ten ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus
• Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
• Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
• Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies.
• Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
• Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep.
• Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
• Get the flu shot (available April).
• Shaking hands is optional!
Some additional ways from a SkillsConnection perspective to reduce risk are:-

• Use hand sanitiser / disinfectant wipes in places like reception and buses. Clean door knobs and other areas of high risk transfer.
• When sharing keyboards and phones, wipe them with disinfectant wipes between persons using them.
• Using soap dispensers as opposed to bars of soap.
• If you are travelling overseas, a self-quarantine / isolation period of 14 days is needed. If you are travelling overseas, please let Frans Hillege know.

DHHS Information

Transmission control and reduction

Knowing what's happening and knowing that you're in control

What you can’t measure, you can’t control. What you can’t control, you can’t improve