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26 March 2020

Novel Coronavirus Advice

We would like to reassure you that CITY College is following closely any announcements (guidance and advice for higher education institutions) from relevant Health Organisations and local Ministries of Health and we act accordingly. This section is updated frequently as CITY College follows the latest updates and guidelines of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and the National Public Health Organisation of Greece (eody.gov.gr)


LATEST UPDATES:

STAY AT HOME (A LOCK-DOWN measure)

The lockdown measure, which will remain effective until April 6, therefore all citizens and residents in Greece must stay indoors (with some exceptions).
Excluded from the rule will be those going to and from work (strictly during work hours); going to purchase groceries; going to the doctor, to buy medicine or to help a person in need; going to the bank (strictly when transactions cannot be made online); and individuals walking their pet or exercising outdoors (can be done solitary or strictly in pairs). Those who will be moving around must have identification on them in the form of an ID or a passport. They must also have a special document with them, explaining to authorities the reason for movement. The document can be a personal declaration on a piece of paper (it must include your name, surname, residence address, the reason of movement, date, time and signature) or a document obtained online from the website  https://forma.gov.gr.
Other options include sending an SMS to the number 13033 (free of charge).  Those who violate the measure face a minimum of 150 euro fine.

 

Suspension of classes from March 11 until March 25 (extension of suspension of classes until April 10, 2020)

We would like to inform you that the Greek Ministry of Education has announced yesterday (22/3/2020) that all educational institutions of all levels throughout Greece must continue to suspend face-to-face classes until the 10th of April 2020, as a necessary measure to control the spread of coronavirus.

 

Commencement of online classes on Wednesday 18 March

The Coronavirus situation has created an extraordinary and unprecedented situation all over the world. Our desire is to protect our students, staff and the community and at the same time to give the opportunity to our students to continue their education and to complete their academic obligations on time. At CITY College we are extremely fortunate to have in place the technology and expertise to be able to offer our top-quality education provision on-line to ensure that students are able to progress with their studies without delaying their progress. Thus, even under these awkward circumstances, students can continue their studies at the highest level with minimal disruption.

Online classes will commence on Wednesday 18 March. You will receive a schedule for your classes with instructions on how to enter and use the online platform early next week at your CITY College email.

More information

 

Everyone has a role to play in protecting themselves, their loved ones and our communities.    
 
The suspension of classes is a measure that the Greek Ministry of Health has taken for all educational institutions of all levels as a precaution for the protection and spreading of the Coronavirus.
Its purpose is the protection of individuals and the community. You should protect yourself by following the directives and advice of the relevant organizations but you should also protect your community from getting and spreading Coronavirus by avoiding large social events and gatherings and following the recommended individual precautions. 

 

Suspension of classes from March 11 until March 25

Suspension of classes from March 11 until March 25, 2020 following a decision by the Ministry of Health, as measure to protect vulnerable groups and control the spread of coronavirus.
Protect yourself, protect your community.

 

We encourage everyone to read this information carefully.

On the 31st December 2019, the World Health Organization was informed of a cluster of pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan in Hubei province, China. On January 9th, 2020, a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as a cause. Corona viruses are a group of viruses that usually cause respiratory infections of varying severity to humans and animals. It is estimated that almost one third of infections of the upper respiratory system in humans can be caused by corona viruses.

The overwhelming majority of cases have been reposted in China. The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is transmitted from human-to-human. Transmission has also been documented in health professionals. Infection caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) can manifest with fever, cough, and shortness of breath, sore throat and in serious cases with pneumonia.

Confirmed cases have been reported worldwide, in Asia, the Middle East, Europe as well as in the United States of America, Canada and Australia. According to World Health Organization there are no travel restrictions up to this date. If you want to follow the updates on the confirmed cases worldwide, visit this link.

• IF YOU ARE ASYMPTOMATIC: If you have a history of travel to infected areas with sustained virus transmission - China, Hong Kong, Singapore, North Korea, Iran and Italy (regions Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Piedmont and Veneto), - or had close contact with confirmed COVID-19 patient within the past 14 days, and you are asymptomatic, it is recommended that you limit your contact with others, stay away from classes or work and monitor your health closely until 14 days have elapsed since your return from your trip or the last time you had close contact with the infectious person.

• IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS: If you develop fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or cough 14 days after you have returned from a country with confirmed cases, it is recommended that you stay indoors and immediately seek medical attention mentioning your recent trip, or contact the National Public Health Organisation of Greece. 

If you are a student in Greece, call: 1135, 210-5212000, 210-5212054.
If you are studying in other countries, please contact local health authorities.

 

Frequently asked questions

What is the coronavirus?

The virus originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China but cases have been confirmed in other parts of China and a number of cases have now been diagnosed in other countries, mostly in travellers from Wuhan.

 

Symptoms

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough, that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.

 

What precautions can I take to avoid the spread of infection?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests good practice to avoid the spread of infection includes:

  • Washing your hands thoroughly using soap and water or an alcohol based hand rub. This should be done for 20 seconds at regular intervals.
  • Avoid touching your face and eyes — practices that help avoid infection with either virus. You can catch a virus by directly breathing in virus-laden droplets in the air or by touching contaminated surfaces and then infecting your nose and eyes, whose mucous membranes serve as entry sites.
  • Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and where possible with a tissue or your sleeve. Remember to wash your hands as soon as possible afterwards. Dispose of the tissue immediately.
  • Avoiding sharing food, drink and utensils.
  • Thoroughly cooking meat and eggs and avoiding raw or undercooked animal products.
  • Regularly cleaning surfaces with disinfectant.
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • As a precaution, it is advised that anyone who has returned from the listed countries above to self-isolate if applicable.
 
As with any contagious virus infection, if you are feeling unwell we would advise you to limit your contact with others by staying home, not attending lectures, exams etc. Extenuating circumstances with evidence will apply as normal. Please keep the Course Administrator of your Department informed as you do with any kind of absences.

 

Should I wear a face mask?

Facemasks are advised only (according to Public Health England) for those in self-isolation if you cannot avoid brief contact with others, for example when using shared spaces within a household such as a kitchen or bathroom. Masks should be replaced when damp. 

However, it is a recognised custom for Asian communities to wear face masks to protect themselves and, in particular, others from the possibility of infection. It is very important that we recognise and respect this custom and we would encourage all members of our community to be inclusive and supportive of what is a personal choice.

 

 

Advice for travellers

The risk for travellers is considered moderate. It is recommended that travellers avoid nonessential travel to areas with presumed ongoing community transmission of COVID-19. There is no vaccine against this novel corona virus.

If you are travelling to areas with presumed ongoing community transmission of COVID-19 you should:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or a disinfectant, especially after coughing or sneezing, before handling and consuming food.
  • Avoid contact with animals (dead or alive), meat markets and meat products (such as raw meat).
  • Avoid visiting live bird and animal markets.
  • Avoid contact with patients who appear ill with respiratory symptoms.

During your stay in areas with presumed ongoing community transmission of COVID-19 you should:

  • Postpone your trip if you have fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or with your elbow (not with your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid contact with other people if you have fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath.

After your return from areas with presumed ongoing community transmission of COVID-19:

  • Watch your health closely for 14 days.

 

Information in Greek: National Health Public Organisation of Greece

 

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