Coronavirus: Basic Information and Our Requests to Event Organisers and Students; Practice Social Distancing NOW
Coronavirus disease has reached pandemic proportions and it is critical to exercise caution in these tough times.
Being overly scared or taking such a serious health issue lightly too isn’t recommended.
Students are requested to follow proper safety measures issued by trusted information providers and not to make light of the issue.
Since Lawctopus publishes many events and opportunities which are attended by a lot of people, we strongly urge event organizers to keep abreast of the latest developments and act accordingly.
Currently, we are not stopping publishing of all events, but might have to do so in case of a government advisory.
Update: We will not be publishing any new events which encourage public gathering and are happening till March 31.
Readers are requested to inform us (via comments) about any updates they get for their regions/states especially in relation to the organising of events. We shall also be keeping a track of the same.
Below are some useful links from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:
Some other useful links:
We strongly urge everyone in the legal community to practicing ‘social distancing’ from now.
What is ‘social distancing’? Well, avoid public places, and generally limit your movement.
Better to over-react and appear uncool, than to under-react, be dead, and kill one or two.
Please read this article ‘Why outbreaks like Coronavirus spread exponentially and how to flatten the curve‘.
We also know that the transmission of the virus is;
- possible following close or sustained contact with an infected person. Spending 15 minutes within two metres (6ft) of an infected person is judged to be a significant risk.
- possible if directly transferred into the mouth or nose, or inhaled into the lungs.
- possible as a result of touching a surface contaminated and then touching your own mouth, nose or eyes.
Because of the way COVID-19 is spread, the events industry has needed to become hyper-aware due to concentration of people in enclosed spaces.
With this in mind, what can we do to minimise the risk of COVID-19 at varying scales of events, should we approach different scales of events in a different way?
There are numerous factors to consider in addition to the scale or size of event – namely the density of crowds; whether the event is held indoors or outdoors; how do people move around the event – including how they interact with each other and their surroundings; where the staff and attendees are travelling from; whether there are checks on their movements or what their proximity to confirmed cases of COVID-19 has been.
Individual event organisers should look to identify the key risks associated with their events and implement sensible control measures accordingly.
Are you organising an event in your college? To get more advice, please go through the full interview here.
1. Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
2. Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
4. Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
5. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
6. Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
To remain updated, please follow WHO’s Twitter account here.
Also, follow the Ministry of Health’s Twitter account here.
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