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Novel Coronavirus Update

Griffith College Dublin

Griffith College is aware of and tracking the evolving Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak situation in Asia and Europe

Updated: 26 February, 16:53

The College is continually monitoring the situation and updates will be available on this webpage.

There has been no confirmed case of the coronavirus in Ireland.

Public Health Advice

The College is actively monitoring the advice being issued by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) and other Irish and International agencies and is following the same.

Up to date information on the virus can be found at:

If you are currently located abroad please follow the advice being issued by the relevant authorities and agencies locally.

Symptoms of Coronavirus 

It can take up to 14 days for the symptoms of the virus to appear. These symptoms include:

  • Fever (temperature of 38˚C or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath 

HPSC Public Health advice for staff or students returning to Ireland

If you have been in one of the affected areas below in the past 14 days, please phone HSELive on 1850 24 1850.

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • In Italy, the provinces, Lombardy, Piemonte, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna

You do not need to follow any advice in relation to coronavirus if you have:

  • not been to one of the affected areas (list above)
  • not been in contact with a person who has coronavirus

​​In summary, the HSE guidelines state that if you are well and have not been in contact with coronavirus, you are asked to watch out for symptoms over the next 14 days. You can continue with your daily life and go to work as usual.

If further precautions are required following advice from the WHO, HPSC or the HSE, the College will immediately update its policy and circulate to all staff and learners. The College is confident that the steps outlined safeguard staff residents and learners, but should additional measures as requested or directed by the HSE be necessary, they will be implemented.

IF YOU ARE WELL (no acute respiratory symptoms):

You are asked to contact [email protected] for further advice

For people who have been in the affected areas in the last 14 days and are well;

  • There is no need for quarantine (you do not need to be kept separate from others)
  • You can attend college/College or work as normal
  • Watch out for symptoms of respiratory illness for 14 days. If you develop any respiratory symptoms you should phone your GP/student health service/Emergency Department for advice.
  • Tell the health care provider what symptoms you have recently been in an affected region.

For people who have been in contact with a person diagnosed with coronavirus, or attended a health care facility in another country where cases were treated;

  • Stay at home until you have contacted public health and received advice

IF YOU ARE UNWELL (fever, cough, shortness of breath)

If you develop symptoms suggestive of acute respiratory illness during or up to 14 days after travel from an affected region you should:

  • Stay at home
  • Not go out to public places 
  • Not go to college or work.
  • Please phone your GP or contact [email protected] for further information about our free GP service or emergency department for medical advice, rather than turning up in person.
  • Make sure that, when you phone, you mention that you have recently travelled to an affected region or had exposure. These health services will arrange for them to get medical help.  

How to protect yourself from novel coronavirus

All learners have been informed that in order to combat the spread of the virus, the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre recommend the following measures:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub
  2. If you are coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Throw the used tissue away into a closed bin, and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your flexed (bent) elbow.
  3. Avoid close contact with anyone who you know has cold or flu symptoms. 
  4. Food: Ensure all meat and eggs are cooked thoroughly
  5. Check the travel advisories from the Department of Foreign Affairs prior to arranging travel abroad.

Events

Colleagues should note that at this stage no advice has been received from the HPSC or HSE suggesting that any College events or activities be cancelled or that persons who have recently returned from affected regions should avoid the College.

Travel Update

Up to date travel information regarding COVID-19 can be found at the Department of Foreign Affairs website.

If you are currently located abroad please follow the advice being issued by the relevant authorities and agencies locally.

FAQs

For more information, visit the HSE's website.