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Latest Updates -  University updates | UniLodge Response to COVID-19

Latest News ­ - AU | 8th April 2020. Coronavirus Restrictions - AU

Latest News - NZ | 8th April 2020

 

A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a disease. This typically results from the emergence of a new or novel virus, for which most people do not have immunity. Viruses that have caused past pandemics typically originate from animal influenza viruses. In 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new strain of swine-origin Influenza A (H1N1) as a pandemic. This strain referred to a Swine flu spread worldwide causing rapid infection and resulting in 17,000 deaths.

Emerging and re-emerging diseases such as, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Zika virus and novel-coronavirus (COVID-19), have all caused significant outbreaks, with some declared as Public Heath Emergencies of International Concern (PHEIC), by the WHO.

The emergence and spread of such diseases can be rapid, as most are spread via respiratory particles created through coughing and sneezing and direct contact with nasal mucus. Mitigating the risk of increased spread relies on rapid identification and detection of a novel viruses, implementation of good infection control and hygiene practices, and isolation of infected persons.

Resources and Plans

Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza (AHMPPI) 2014

Jurisdictional Pandemic Plans

National Communicable Disease Plan

National Health Security Act 2007

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading Travel Advice

New Zealand Ministry of Health

NSW Health

NSW Health, Infection Prevention and Control

Headspace - Coping with COVID-19

 

Public Health Information

The below are relevant public health agencies and information helplines. They should be contacted by the Area General Manager if there is concern over the health of a team member or guest. (e.g. seeking medical advice for someone or if seeking guidance about an individual who is not following government and health recommendations).

These details can be provided to residents or team members;

Good hygiene practices

  • Display the following posters in common areas and rooms:

Handwashing

Protection from getting sick