Update from College Secretary and Director, College Health Service to staff and students
27 January 2020
As you will be aware, there is currently an outbreak of Novel Coronavirus disease in China. There have been no cases in Ireland to date. For the benefit of our Chinese students, there is a translation of this communication into Chinese at the end of this email. [为方便中国学生阅读，邮件后将会有全文翻译]
Trinity has set up a College working group to monitor the situation regarding a potential outbreak of Novel Coronavirus in Ireland.
Chinese authorities have identified a cluster of Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV infections in Wuhan City, China. Cases with travel history to Wuhan have been detected in other areas of China, such as Beijing and Guangdong. Thailand, Japan, South Korea, France and the United States have also reported cases. Further global spread is likely.
Common signs of infection include:
- respiratory symptoms i.e. cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties,
- in more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include:
- regular hand washing,
- covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing,
- avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as cough or sneezing,
- avoiding visiting wet or live markets and contact with animals, excretions and droppings,
- thoroughly cooking meat and eggs.
If you have returned from the high-risk areas of China mentioned above, and you are exhibiting the symptoms above, please contact the College Health Service by telephone on 01 8968555 or your own GP.
The HSE will take the lead in any case of infection.
The HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has devised guidelines for the public which we would encourage you to read at https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/
The HPSC web site has a Frequently Asked Questions section, developed by the World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued guidance on travel to China: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/china/
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises that anyone considering travelling to China who is ill with a fever or respiratory symptoms may well be significantly delayed. In the circumstances the advice on the Department of Foreign Affairs website for those who might be ill with a fever is not to travel:
“The risk of delay and travel disruption is particularly heightened if the person travelling exhibits symptoms of fever, respiratory illness, and coughing, and the Embassy would advise against travel to or within China in this instance at this time.”
Trinity Insurance (Insurance@tcd.ie) advises that anyone considering travel to China must heed the advice by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Trinity Insurance must be alerted to specific travel plans of staff and students to China particularly to regions near the affected area. Anyone travelling to China must register with the college insurance and this must be accompanied by a Travel Risk Assessment, completed by the person or group travelling.
Further updates will be provided as the situation develops.
John Coman, Secretary to the College
Dr David McGrath, Director, College Health Service
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John Coman, 校长助理
Dr David McGrath, 校园卫生服务主管