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Covid-19 Information

In light of teachers/students of secondary schools recently visiting infected areas during the recent February Mid Term Break, we request that these students/teachers/families follow the HSE Guidelines for Self-Isolation and do not attend classes/study in our colleges if showing common signs of infection.

Common signs of infection
Common signs of infection include:

  • respiratory symptoms i.e. cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties,
  • fever,
  • in more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Recommendations to prevent spread of infection
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include:

  • regular hand washing,
  • covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing,
  • avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as cough or sneezing
  • avoid visiting wet or live markets and contact with animals, excretions and droppings
  • thoroughly cooking meat and eggs.
  • If you are unwell on return from travel to an affected area, contact your healthcare provider and tell them of recent travel.

 

Self-isolation as per HSE.

Self-isolation means staying indoors and avoiding contact with other people.

You should self-isolate if you think you may have coronavirus while you are waiting to talk to a doctor. This will help to prevent the spread of coronavirus to others.

To self-isolate:

  • Stay at home or in your hotel in a room on your own with a phone.
  • Do not go to work, school, religious services or public areas.
  • Do not use public transport or taxis.
  • Avoid having visitors to your home.

It is important to keep away from older people, those with long-term medical conditions or pregnant women.

Information for people who have been in affected areas

Advice for all people who have travelled to Ireland from affected areas (areas with presumed ongoing community transmission of COVID-19) in the past 14 days, including visitors, students and workers.
If, in the past 14 days, you have:
•    Been in an area with presumed ongoing community transmission of COVID-19, or
•    been in contact with a person who has COVID-19, or
•    attended a hospital/healthcare facility where patients with COVID-19 are being treated

AND
you feel well and do not have any symptoms of respiratory disease, you need to:
Phone HSELive on 1850 24 1850  for advice. HSELive is open Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm and 10am - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

When you phone you will be asked:
•    details of your stay in an affected area
•    if you lived in an affected area, where you lived
•    if you have been in contact with a person who has coronavirus
•    if you have been in a hospital or healthcare centre where patients with coronavirus are being treated
•    if you have symptoms of coronavirus

You will be told what you need to do next.

What you will need to do
If you are well and have not been in contact with coronavirus, you will be told to watch out for symptoms over the next 14 days. You can continue with your daily life and go to work as usual.

If you have had close contact with a person who has coronavirus, you will be monitored for 14 days. A doctor will phone you daily to make sure you remain well. You will be asked to stay separate from other people as much as you can for 14 days. This includes not going to work.

If in the past 14 days, you have:

•    Been in an area with presumed ongoing community transmission of COVID-19, or
•    been in contact with a person who has COVID-19, or
•    attended a hospital/healthcare facility where patients with COVID-19 are being treated

AND

you feel unwell, especially with respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing), then you should:

isolate yourself (i.e. stay separate from other people) and phone your GP/ Emergency Department immediately - tell the  GP/ Emergency Department about your travel history and symptoms. Ring your GP/ Emergency Department first and talk to them rather than arriving at the GP surgery/ Emergency Department without contacting them so that you don’t accidentally put staff or other patients at risk of infection. Your GP/ Emergency Department will advise you of the next steps over the phone.

Follow this advice even if your symptoms are mild.