What You Need To Know About Coronavirus & How To Protect Yourself and Others

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You are all probably fed up of hearing about Coronavirus, but it is an important topic that we want to cover, especially because so many of you reading this are teachers. COVID019 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus and this blog is all about this virus and how to look after yourself and others.

 

 

What are the symptoms?

Here are the symptoms that you need to look out for. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

 

Here are the emergency warning signs, if you develop any of the following symptoms get medical attention immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

 

How does it spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with each other and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.  It is possible to spread this virus before you show symptoms yourself, but this is not the main way that it spreads. It is possible to get the virus by touching a surface or an object that has the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.

 

Can I prevent it?

Unfortunately, there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus and the best way to present it is to avoid being exposed to this virus.  There are steps you can take however in order to protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Use hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you’re sick and learn what to do if you’re sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Do not wear a facemask if you are not ill as facemasks may be short in supply.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them.

 

What to do if you are sick

  • Stay home and isolate yourself, except for if you’re getting medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home and limit your contact with them.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor, this will help them prepare for your arrival.
  • Wear facemask if you are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Avoid sharing household items
  • Monitor your symptoms.

 

Coronavirus and Schools:

As we are a Recruitment Agency that specialises in Education, it is very important for us to make sure all our teachers are educated on Coronavirus for the sake of themselves and their pupils. Here is some informational regarding coronavirus and schools that is very important:

  • Make hand cleaning supplies always available
  • Encourage children to wash their hands regularly, especially after break times and before they eat.
  • Encourage students and staff to stay home if they are sick
  • If you think a child is sick, notify their parents
  • Plan for digital and distance learning
  • Be prepared to temporarily dismiss or close schools and cancel events
  • Stagger staffing or schedules to reduce in-person interaction
  • Encourage staff and community members to protect their personal health
  • Post the signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • Clean surfaces that are frequently touched

If you would like some advice on talking to children about coronavirus then click here!

 

Thank you for reading and stay safe!