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Advice from the HPSC on the outbreak situation evolving from China..

27 Jan 2020

As the novel-Corona VIrus outbreak continues in China, keep up to date by following the links below to reliable information from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre in Ireland.

The novel- Corona Virus Outbreak which began in Wuhan City in China continues to evolve.

Some of our students are particularly  concerned about the evolving outbreak of novel coronavirus  in China. Some are concerned about family and relatives living or studying in China. Others are  being worried about the possibility of the infection extending into Ireland. The University has convened a group to ensure that our responses are consistent with the local national and international advice as well as seeking to address issues which are particular to the University setting.

Expert external advice is being considered on a daily basis and any recommended actions will be implemented as they arise.

As a reminder of the advice to individual students who may be concerned because they are ill;

  • If you have returned from Wuhan or its surrounding province within the past 14 days and you feel unwell please contact the student health service 490-2311.

The general precautions advised to limit the spread of any respiratory virus infection apply particularly now during this period of heightened concern.

These precautions are as follows;

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol-based gel hand wash. 
  • 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.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who you know has cold or flu symptoms

The wearing of individual face masks by individuals who are not ill is not part of the recommended precautionary measures in Ireland.

You can read the up to date national advice that applies in Ireland in relation to novel-corona virus here: https://www.hpsc.ie/

There is also useful information on the Department of Foreign Affairs Website who issue travel-advisor notices www.dfa.ie 

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