KEDE- Coronavirus urgent letter to all Mayors

By this time the outbreaks of coronavirus in our country have reached 31 , an urgent letter to all the Mayors of the country has been sent by the President of KEDE, Dimitris Papastergiou, for the new coronavirus. In the letter signed by John D. Tangalengas, Mayor of Levade and Vice-President of the Health Committee of KEDE, detailed instructions as well as scientifically appropriate preventive measures are listed.

The letter contains instructions and concludes:

Dear Colleagues, The responsibility of suspending classes / closing of school units is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education, which in cooperation with the relevant bodies will guide us on a case by case basis, as well as disinfection of educational units and municipal facilities. suspecting a virus outbreak or if the weekends are removed as part of a phobia so that educational units can continue their work seamlessly. Finally, we recommend at your discretion the suspension of scheduled events, especially in areas where there are cases or suspected cases, with the ultimate aim of stopping the spread of the virus. The Health Committee of KEDE. will keep you updated with the latest information.

“EMERGENCY INFORMATION ON THE NEW CORONARY INSTRUCTIONS AND PREVENTION MEASURES”

Colleagues,

We are updating and recommending preventive measures for the new coronavirus so as to guide our citizens with calm rather than panic moves. 2019-nCoV is a human coronavirus strain isolated for the first time.

Based on available epidemiological data, it appears that the new coronavirus is most likely transmitted from human to human by droplets spread by a diseased person, by coughing or sneezing, or by direct or indirect contact with respiratory secretions
(ie, infected hands).

The incubation time of the disease, that is, the time between infection and the onset of symptoms, has not yet been fully determined and is estimated at 2-14 days (average incubation time of approximately 5 days).

The most common symptom is fever. Other symptoms with which the infection may manifest are cough, pharyngitis, arthralgia, myalgia, discharge, or shortness of breath.

Most patients develop mild disease. In the event of a more severe illness, the patient may develop pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress and may need hospitalization in an intensive care unit. People with underlying diseases and the elderly are likely to be at higher risk for more serious illness.

There is no special treatment. In most cases, the symptoms resolve on their own. There are currently no vaccines available to protect against coronavirus.

SPECIAL PRECAUTIONAL PREVENTION MEASURES

Preventive measures against respiratory viruses include personal hygiene instructions and the cleaning and disinfection of spaces, surfaces and objects.

• Good ventilation is recommended throughout the business, as well as easy access to running water and soap to maintain hygiene.

• The first line of defense against infections is careful hand hygiene.

  •  It is recommended to wash your hands regularly with soap and water. If the hands are not visibly soiled, an alternative alcoholic solution (e.g. alcohol 70 ° C) may be used. The use of gloves does not replace hand washing.

• Carefully observe personal hygiene measures such as: 

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a medical mask, tissue, your sleeve or  your elbow flexed when coughing or sneezing.

o Dispose of the tissue immediately in a closed bin.

o Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or with an alcoholic solution.

• Avoid close contact. Maintain distances of at least 1 meter from you and other people, especially from people who have fever, coughing, sneezing or other respiratory symptoms.

• Avoid sharing pencils, pens, markers and other personal items.

• Avoid touching your hands, nose, mouth and eyes as you can carry the virus from the surfaces to yourself.

• If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, seek medical help immediately by first contacting your family doctor or therapist or EODY (tel. 210 5212000).

The use of a medical mask can help control the spread of certain respiratory diseases. However, the use of a mask alone does not guarantee complete protection and should be combined with other protective measures such as proper hand hygiene and avoidance of close contact. According to the World Health Organization, the use of a mask is recommended for people with respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing) or for patients with mild symptoms and suspicion of 2019 – nCoV infection or for persons caring for patients with suspected SAR –CoV-2.

CLEANING AND DISINFECTION INSTRUCTIONS:

It is recommended:
• Systematic and adequate ventilation of all areas, especially during breaks.
• Frequent cleaning of frequently used surfaces such as knobs, handles, ladder or railing, taps etc. with common cleaners, ie liquid soap and water, or 10% household bleach solution (1 part household bleach diluted or
10) alcoholic antiseptic.
• Clean the gloves and work uniforms and discard the gloves after use.

The use of disposable gloves in no way replaces hand washing. Please note that these guidelines have been developed based on available epidemiological data and may be modified as the epidemic progresses.

Note that close contact with a confirmed case of 2019-nCoV infection is defined as:

o Face-to-face contact with a confirmed case of 2019-nCoV infection, at least 15 ‘, under any circumstances; or o Stay in the same enclosure with a confirmed case of 2019-nCoV infection for more than 2 hours

Suspicion of infection with the new coronavirus is related to a patient presenting with acute respiratory infection with at least one of the following symptoms: cough, pharyngalgia, dyspnoea, and in addition any of the following:

• Recent trip (within the last 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms) to areas where there is an ongoing transmission of 2019-nCoV infection to the community. These regions are currently (February 2020 are China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea)

• Close contact with a person with respiratory symptoms and who has recently traveled to areas where there is an ongoing transmission of 2019-nCoV infection to the community

• Close contact with a possible or confirmed case of 2019-nCoV infection

• Work or visit a health care facility that treated patients with 2019-nCoV infection

The following consumable material is recommended in sufficient quantities: soap and water or an alcohol-based hand-cleaning solution
. Effective disinfectants are sodium hypochlorite (chlorine) solution in a 1:10 dilution or 70% ethyl alcohol (alcohol).

Please note that these guidelines have been developed based on available epidemiological data and may be modified as the epidemic progresses.

For more information, please contact EODY’s website (Tel. 2105212000) https://eody.gov.gr/neos-koronaios-covid-19/

Dear Colleagues, The responsibility of suspending classes / closing of school units is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education, which in cooperation with the relevant bodies will guide us on a case by case basis, as well as disinfection of educational units and municipal facilities. suspecting a virus outbreak or if the weekends are removed as part of a phobia so that educational units can continue their work seamlessly.

Finally, we recommend at your discretion the suspension of scheduled events, especially in areas where there are cases or suspected cases, with the ultimate aim of stopping the spread of the virus.

The KEDE Health Committee will keep you updated with the latest information

source – aftodioikisi.gr

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