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FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE: COVID-19 UPDATE
Dear Faith Community:
I realize that this is a lot of information, but I believe it is worth your time to read it!
As COVID-19 continues to spread, our instinct is to panic. We ask you to remain calm and use common sense to protect yourselves and those around you from catching and/or spreading this virus if it comes this way. While this is a mild illness for most of us, our hope is to keep it from spreading to those most at risk for serious complications and death – the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions.
To review, these are some ways that you can protect yourself and others around you at all times:
- Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
- 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.
- Maintain at least 1 meter (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.
- 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.
- 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 the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- 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 the spread of viruses and other infections.
- Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow the 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.
If you have recently visited a high-risk area where COVID-19 is spreading, these are some additional precautions that you can take:
- Follow the guidance outlined above. (Protection measures for everyone)
- Stay at home and quarantine yourself for 7 days. If you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, extend your quarantine to 14 days or until you fully recover.
- Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
- If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers.
- Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
We urge you to carefully consider the risks in traveling to any high-risk areas (Level 1: Hong Kong, Level 2: Japan and Level 3: South Korea, Italy, China, Iran) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html If you cannot avoid traveling to a high-risk area, especially over the upcoming March break, please consider isolating yourself for at least 7 days up to 14 days after returning. Again, this is not for your own protection, it is to protect those around you that are at high risk for complications and death as a result of catching this virus. It has been shown that you can spread the disease, even before you begin feeling symptoms, so this time of isolation will greatly minimize the chance of spreading the virus.
Here are some general guidelines for an effective self-isolation.
- Stay home for at least 14 days – that includes NO visitors
- If you start having symptoms, call for medical advice instead of just showing up at a clinic or hospital
- Separate yourself –
- Stay in a well-ventilated bedroom with the door shut
- While it is best to have your own, separate CR, if you have to share it with others, always use it after everyone else is done
- Clean surfaces with a disinfectant (bleach and water) after you use the CR
- Do not share towels or toiletries
- Put your waste products (tissues and garbage) in a separate bag and place that bag inside a second bag before throwing it away.
- Have your food brought to you but left outside the door. You should not leave the room to eat with the others in your house.
These same guidelines can be used in the case of an ill person in the house. If you or someone in your house is ill with any of the listed symptoms, stay home, in isolation, until you are better.
Be diligent about cleaning all surfaces in your house, especially the kitchen and the CRs, even if everyone in the house is healthy. If someone has been ill or is coming out of isolation, thoroughly clean the room that they used before allowing someone else to use the room. A solution of 1.5 cups of bleach in one gallon of water – or to make a smaller amount, 1/4 cup bleach and 2 1/4 cups of water, is a good disinfectant to use against viruses.
Please let us know if you have any questions or need any further explanation of this information.
Sandy Varberg, RN
THE WEEK AT A GLANCE:
- Regular school day
- Swim Club
- Regular school day
- NHS Blood Drive
- Swim Club
- Regular school day
- All School Instrumental Concert @ 3:30 pm
- Swim Club
- Regular school day
- ESD/MSD Chapel
On Saturday, March 14, from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, we will be administering the SAT exams at the Meeting Hall. If you are on campus that day please avoid that area (e.g. Tipunan Hall, MSD Courtyard, etc.) and please try to be quiet. Thank you.
Faith test takers are expected to comply with the SAT admission requirements; please bring your Admission Ticket and proper picture ID (Faith ID is acceptable). Also bring #2 pencils, calculator and snacks and drink. Read carefully the College Board’s instructions that they sent to you by email. Mrs. Gocon
NHS BLOOD DRIVE
The National Honor Society will be hosting another Blood Drive for Fatima University Medical Center on Friday, March 06. We would love to invite everyone in the Faith Academy community to participate who is at least 16 years old. High school students, parents, and staff are all welcomed and encouraged to participate.
For more information on requirements, please visit the High School Office. Again, the NHS will be hosting a Blood Drive on March 06 in Tipunan during the school day.
Thank you and hope to see you there.
ALL INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT
Come and enjoy an afternoon of instrumental music in Cadd Theater – March 9 (Monday) @ 3:30 pm.
“All to Jesus I surrender
All to Him I freely give
I will ever love and trust Him
In His presence daily live”
I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship
FA Community Bulletin
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