Response to COVID-19 – 12th March 2020 -
 

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Response to COVID-19 – 12th March 2020

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In response to the global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), PAT is closely monitoring the situation in Ireland. Following the announcement made by the Taoiseach earlier today, all face-to-face classes are now cancelled until 29 March or further notice. All lectures scheduled for this evening and the following two weeks will be instead delivered online via live stream and will be made available for subsequent viewing on our e-Learning platform. Any potential changes in our schedule will be directly communicated to our students via email, social media, and website updates. 

Ireland is currently in the containment phase of the response to COVID-19. This means that the Government of Ireland and the HSE are taking actions to prevent or limit the spread of coronavirus as per the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The WHO has declared the COVID-19 a pandemic. While the risk of contracting the coronavirus in Ireland remains moderate to low, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland continues to grow.

PAT is concerned with the health and safety of our students and staff. Ensuring the well-being of our students and staff is of the highest priority. We are preparing for several contingency scenarios and making informed decisions that would allow limiting the spread of COVID-19 while fulfilling our promise to our students and ensuring the continuous delivery of all our courses to the highest standard. We will continue to monitor the situation in Ireland and we will provide updates and advise accordingly. 


The following measures have been taken to ensure the safety and well-being of PAT students and staff: 

  1. PAT is fully prepared to move all operations online to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Students who are planning to take their ACCA exams in June can rest assured that they will receive the support they require to achieve the highest results possible. 
  2. This information page has been created to inform students and staff of risks associated with COVID-19. It will be updated accordingly. 
  3. Students and staff who are not feeling well and/or have recently travelled internationally and/or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are to notify their GP immediately. 

To minimise the risk of getting sick:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  • Dispose of used tissue immediately
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth 
  • Follow the advice issued by the HSE, the Government of Ireland, and the Department of Foreign Affairs 
  • Do not travel to areas affected by COVID-19

The following areas are known to be affected by COVID-19:

China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Iran, Japan, Italy

You are advised not to travel internationally. If you have been to one of the places listed above in the last 14 days and you are not feeling well, check if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and notify your GP or emergency services immediately.


Known common symptoms of COVID-19:

  • fever (high temperature)
  • cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
  • shortness of breath
  • difficulty breathing

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of COVID-19 to manifest. To minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19, contact your doctor or emergency department via phone first. If you do not have a doctor, call 112 or 999. Tell them about your symptoms and whether you have travelled to the above-mentioned countries. The doctor and/or emergency services will advise you on the next steps. In the meantime, avoid contact with other people by self-isolating.

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 nor a vaccine to protect against it. If you contract COVID-19, your GP or emergency department will prescribe treatment based on your symptoms. Please be advised that antibiotics are not effective against COVID-19 or any other viruses. 


Further information is available from: 

HSE

Government of Ireland 

WHO 

ECDC 

HPSC 

May 25, 2020