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Coronavirus: information and guidelines.

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Coronavirus: information and guidelines.

There is currently a worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus. On this page, students and staff members of HOGENT can find more information.

In case of contamination.

Notify the internal prevention service (frank.claeys@hogent.be) or occupational health physician (mathieu.versee@cohezio.be) immediately by e-mail. They can then pass on this information to the government's Infectious Disease Control Department (dienst Infectieziektenbestrijding).

Try to find out with whom you had close and non-close contact on that day.

  • Close contact: eating together at the same table, sitting together at meetings, working together in the same office (where you are at a distance of 1 or 2 seats from the person), working in the same workshop or lab on the adjacent machine, ...
  • Non-close contact: working in the same open plan office space (not necessarily on the same floor; at a distance of more than 2 seats), using the same toilet or eating space, walking through the same hallway, ... Non-close contacts must follow up their own symptoms.

The government's Infectious Disease Control Department regularly calls close contacts to check for any developing symptoms. They have to check their fever daily. 'Non-close' contacts should be extra vigilant for fever and symptoms.

Preventative measures.

Please observe the following measures to prevent the transmission of viruses:

  • Cough hygiene: if you sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable handkerchief and throw it away.
     
  • If you don't have a disposable handkerchief, sneeze on your arm, not in your hands.
     
  • Avoid shaking hands when greeting someone.
     
  • Observe good hand hygiene: wash hands thoroughly with soap and water or disinfect with an alcohol-based hand gel. 
     
  • Be alert for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath... Contact a doctor by telephone if such symptoms appear.
     
  • If you are ill, stay at your place of residence and stay away from people with an increased risk of health issues (people from the age of 60, sick people, people with a chronic disorder, ...).

In case you
display any
symptoms.

Should you display any symptoms of a common cold, please stay in your place of residence for seven days. There is no need to contact your doctor.

Should your symptoms worsen to an acute infection of the respiratory tract? Anyone with an acute upper or lower respiratory tract infection is treated as a potential corona patient. Anyone with respiratory complaints (coughing, sneezing, runny nose, shortness of breath) should stay at home and call their doctor. The doctor will then make an initial diagnosis by telephone.

You can also contact the student doctors of Ghent University via +32 264 70 20.