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studentaffairs covid19 presentation

What is COVID-19? Who is at risk?
COVID-19 is a new illness caused by a virus called coronavirus.
It can affect your lungs and airways.
It is spread through droplets from the nose and mouth- example by talking loud,
singing, shouting, coughing or sneezing. Droplets containing the virus can also fall
onto surfaces. If you touch that surface and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth,
you could also become infected.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) can affect anybody.
For some people however, the risk is much higher.
There are 2 levels of higher risk:
• high risk
• very high risk
COVID-19 Symptoms
If you have any common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), self-isolate and
phone your GP straight away (or out of hours GP service- evenings/weekends)
to get referred for a coronavirus test
Common symptoms of coronavirus include:
• Fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above)
• Cough - any type of cough, not just dry
• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
• Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Simple steps
that can
slow the
virus down
Face Coverings
By law, you have to wear a face covering:
• on public transport
• in shops, shopping centres and some other
indoor settings
You should also wear a face covering:
• when staying 2 metres apart from people is
• in a healthcare setting - this includes hospitals, GP
surgeries, care settings, nursing homes and dental
• when visiting anyone who is more at risk from
coronavirus - such as people aged 70 or over or
people who are medically vulnerable
• Some people do not have to wear face coverings
• Who should not wear one
Face Covering Guidelines
A cloth face covering should cover the
nose and mouth and go under the chin:
• fit snugly but comfortably against the side
of the face
• be secured with ties or ear loops
• include at least 2 layers of fabric
• allow for breathing without restriction
How to wash one
• Wash daily in a hot wash at 60 degrees
with detergent
• You do not need to sterilise face
coverings. Wash it in a washing machine
or by hand as you would any other item
of clothing
• Wash your hands before and after use
Disposable Face Masks
These masks are single use only
Putting On
• Wash or sanitise your hands to avoid
• Cover your nose and mouth with the mask and
pinch the metal strip to secure it over the bridge
of your nose
• Position the ear loops around your ears and
ensure the mask covers the nose, mouth and
entire chin
Taking Off
• Do not touch the outside of the mask while
removing it as it may be contaminated
• Remove the mask by the ear loops.
• Place the mask in a bin after removal
• Wash or sanitise your hands after removing the
Wash your hands well and often to avoid contamination
How to wash your hands
Watch your distance - Maintain the 2 metre rule
Download the COVID Tracker app
Download the HSE COVID Tracker app at
The app alerts you if you have been in contact with another app user
who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Common questions
What should I do if I have been in close contact/live with someone with COVID-19?
• Contact your GP and follow HSE guidelines
Is there a vaccine to prevent COVID-19?
• There is currently no vaccine available to protect against COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Will antibiotics help if I get COVID-19?
• No. COVID-19 is a viral illness. Antibiotics do not work on viral illnesses.
Can COVID-19 be sexually transmitted?
• COVID-19 is not a sexually transmitted infection, however, it can be passed on through
kissing and close contact, including having sex. Avoid sexual activity and especially
kissing if you or your partner has symptoms of coronavirus, such as fever, cough,
shortness of breath or loss of smell or taste.
Reliable Information COVID-19
Always use reputable websites for information on COVID-19
Visit the HSE, HPSC and websites
• HSE:
Test your knowledge
• 1) What are the most common symptoms of COVID-19?
• 2) How is COVID-19 spread?
• 3) What should you do if you develop symptoms of COVID-19?
• 4) Who is most at risk if they develop COVID-19?
• 5) List 3 ways you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19
• 6) How often should you wash your cloth face covering?
• 7) Why is it important not to reuse a disposable face mask?
• 8) When/how often should you wash your hands?
• 9) How long should you spend washing your hands?
• 10) What is the required social distance to be maintained?