Preventive Measures Against the Spread of Infection


On the 31st December 2019, the World Health Organization was informed of a cluster of pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan in Hubei province, China. On January 9th, 2020, a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as a cause. Corona viruses are a group of viruses that usually cause respiratory infections of varying severity to humans and animals.  It is estimated that almost one third of infections of the upper respiratory system in humans can be caused by corona viruses.

The overwhelming majority of cases have been reported in China. The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is transmitted from human-to-human. Transmission has also been documented in health professionals.

There is no specific treatment. In most cases, symptoms recede on their own.  At present, there are no vaccines available to protect against coronavirus.

Confirmed cases have been reported worldwide, in Asia, the Middle East, Europe as well as in the United States of America, Canada and Australia. According to World Health Organization there are no travel restrictions up to this date.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, and require hospitalization.

Standard preventive measures to help curtail the spread of coronavirus 2019-nCoV in schools include:

  • Washing your hands frequently

    Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.


  • Maintaining social distancing

    Maintain at least 1 meter distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.


  • Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose and mouth


  • Practicing 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.

  • Staying home if you feel unwell

  • Seeking medical care early If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek immediate medical attention.Call your medical provider in advance and tell him/her of any recent travel or contact with travelers. 


Useful Links

For the latest updates, directives, and recommendations as they regard Coronavirus disease, see the World Health Organization’s (WHO) website or that of the National Public Health Organization (EODY):