Information and Advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus as per the World Health Organisation (WHO). Currently there is no specific treatments or vaccines for COVID-19. People at all age are at risk of being infected with the COVID-19 virus, however older people with underlying medical conditions are more likely to develop serious illness.

How the COVID -19 spreads?

Human coronaviruses are spread from someone infected with COVID-19 virus to other close contacts with that person through contaminated droplets spread by coughing or sneezing, or by contact with contaminated hands, surfaces or objects as per WHO.
The time between when a person is exposed to the virus and when symptoms first appear is typically 5 to 6 days, although may range from 2 to 14 days. For this reason, people who might have been in contact with a confirmed case are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Most COVID-19 cases appear to be spread from people who have symptoms. A small number of people may have been infectious before their symptoms developed.

How to stop the Spread of COVID -19?

  • Stay well informed about the COVID-19 Virus, it’s causes and how it spreads.
  • Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol-based rub frequently and not touching your face.
  • Maintain social distancing, at least 1-meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and another person.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • 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.
  • Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel and stay away from large groups of people.
  • Isolate yourself from others for 14 days from the day you retuned or arrived from overseas.
SYMPTOMS of COVID-19:
As per WHO is it is a respiratory disease and most people infected will develop mild to moderate symptoms. Common symptoms include:
  • fever
  • tiredness
  • dry cough.
Other symptoms include:
  • shortness of breath
  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • and very few people will report diarrhoea, nausea or a runny nose.

Wellbeing of Students and Staffs:
Considering the Wellbeing of our students and staffs we have limited access to all our campuses currently. In order to access any of our campuses please call and speak to one of our Student Support Officers.

Students and Staff Free Counselling Services:
At this crucial moment we are committed to support our students and staff. If you are experiencing any stress or issues in relation to Coronavirus you can speak to any of our independent internal/external counsellor. Counselling services are provided in accordance with CIBT’s policy on privacy and confidentiality.

In order to access 24-hour Crisis Support, please call Lifeline: 13 11 14.

In case of any Emergency call 000 or visit the Emergency Department of your local Hospital.

Student Welfare Services:

Our Student Support Officers are here to offer you additional support:
  • Assistance in accessing your Online Class
  • Submitting Assessment Tasks Online
  • Help in accessing MOODLE
  • Financial Assistance to help with your basic living cost and education related costs
  • Support and advice on academic or personal difficulties.
Student Support Officers are available Monday – Friday 09:00 am – 05:00 pm

Please dial:
02 8959 6340 (NSW)
02 6253 5184 (ACT)

To keep yourself informed about COVID-19 please follow the links below:

News and Updates:
https://www.health.gov.au/
https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus

Frequently asked Questions:
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx

References:
https://www.health.gov.au/
https://www.who.int/
https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/