Before we explain what a COVID-19 online induction sample is, let’s sum up what is currently (April of 2020) known about the virus.
What Is COVID-19 and SARS-Cov-2?
Let’s look into what we currently know about COVID-19. This term was given to a disease caused by SARS-COV-2 by the World Health Organization in 2020. In other words SARS-COV-2 is a virus that causes COVID-19 disease in humans.
This virus originated from Wuhan, China, in the year 2019, and it falls into a category of existing corona infections. These types of viruses are known to infect animals. They can be transmitted between animals and in rare cases they can be transmitted to humans.
Within the family of coronaviruses there are seven that can infect humans. Four of these seven are 229E, OC43, NL63, and HKU1 cause mild-like conditions to humans, such as a common cold. Typical cold results in fever and higher body temperature above 38 degrees Celsius. The nose of the affected person becomes congested and runny. The other three are: MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and SARS-CoV-2.
Now these last 3 viruses can cause severe acute respiratory syndrome, hence the name SARS. The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) caused some reported 8098 deaths in China in 2003. A vaccinr was created that helped to contain it. In the year 2012, there was another outbreak known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). This case was reported in republic of Saudi Arabia, thus its name. The scientists did not relent on this one, and they came up with mechanisms to suppress it. From this virus, there were two tests carried out to identify the patients. These tests were molecular tests and serology tests. The molecular tests involved looking for active infections.
However, the other test was a bit different because of the previous infections. But now there is a serial killer on the loose known as SARS-COV-2, or known better as COVID-19. It has already caused some tens of thousands of deaths around the world.
Some patients recover fairly quick and show only mild symptoms when other require intensive care and require “ventilators” to stay alive. Scientists around the world are racing to discover and test the vaccine.
What Are The Symptoms Of COVID-19?
The most common symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19 patient are fever, dry cough and tiredness. These conditions are very similar similar to common cold. About 80% of infected people recover without needing special treatments but more severe cases can be live threatening and require an intensive care.
Incubation period of coronavirus Covid-19 can vary from 1 to 14 days. In some cases it can take longer than 14 days for patients to show symptoms of being sick.
High Body Temperature
Most patients show fever like symptoms with body temperatures raising to above 38 degrees Celsius.
Some other symptoms of COVID-19 include dry coughing. Patients may experience breathing difficulties because of respiratory infections.
Also, the patient will experience extreme effects, and these include bronchitis or pneumonia.
SARS-COV-2 virus effects the membrane of the entire respiratory tree. The pain nerves fail to cope up because of the inflammation that causes sores in the bronchi oles. Here, the patient will start to feel pain in the chest which originates in the lungs.
How Is COVID-19 Transmitted?
The body fluids such as saliva, sputum, and mucus carry the Coronavirus. The COVID-19 disease is highly contagious.
The virus can spread from person to person through:
- close contact with an infectious person (including in the 24 hours before they had any symptoms)
- contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
- touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth, eyes and/or face.
According to the WHO (World Health Organization), it is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces. It seems that its behaviour is similar to other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may survive on surfaces anywhere from few hours up to several days. Survival time of the virus varies on the surface it lands on.
If you suspect that a surface may be infected, clean it with a common household disinfectant to kill the virus. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
Preventive Measures Of COVID-19
There are various measures that medical practitioners suggest people to follow. Also, the governments come up with regulations to condon the spread of the virus. Washing your hand with water and soap for at least 20 seconds will kill the viral droplets that you might be carrying on your hands. You can also sanitize your hands using alcohol-based sanitizers. These sanitizers should be 60 percent of alcohol concentration to kill the virus effectively.
When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose using a tissue paper that you will dispose of after use. If you do not have disposable tissue paper, cough into a flexed elbow. Clean your clothes with soap to kill the viruses. Avoid coming in contact with people who are showing the signs of having COVID-19. Your connection with infected people should be more 3 feet.
Do not share items such as phones with people because they might be having viral particles. Stay at your home to reduce the chances of mixing with infected people. Adopt non-contact ways of greetings your colleagues to reduce the risk of getting exposed.
To avoid massive spread, governments are imposing strict rules and directives on their citizens. Other measures include imposing lockdown to restrict mobility and social interactions. Through social interactions, some people might infect others. People travelling from high prevalence areas should self-quarantine themselves. If you have no urgency for visiting, stay at home because you might contract the virus.
The government restricts the mobility of people into and from other countries. By doing so, reduces the chances of importing or exporting new cases to other places. People should not touch their mouth, eyes, and nose with unwashed hands. Your hands touch many surfaces that might be infected and get contamination by the virus. You should follow the government’s directions and advice from healthcare practitioners.
Testing Of The COVID-19
The World Health Organization advises the laboratories on how to perform COVID-19 tests. Some factors are put into consideration while testing an infected person. Among them is the epidemiological and clinical evaluation of a possible infection. The practitioners track those who came into contact with COVID-19 patients. The other people undergo screening to determine their state of health under quarantine. Quarantine should be 14 days to check on the incubation period of the virus.
The laboratory experts carry out the collection of specimens from suspected cases. The nucleic acid amplification test determines whether the samples contain the virus. This method is counter-checked by other means to verify the results. The specimens collected are from the patient’s upper and lower respiratory tract. In the upper respiratory, we have the nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab or wash. It is the test for ambulatory patients only. The smaller respiratory specimens are endotracheal aspirate and sputum, and these should be from a patient having a worse respiratory condition.
Additionally, the stool and blood should be among the specimens to test for the virus. The deceased patients, due to Coronavirus, provide essential information about the virus. Doing the autopsy on the corpses offers further information. The virus causes inflammation of the lungs. Other simple tests done to diagnose the patients include measuring non-contact temperature. When the temperature is above 38 degrees Celsius, further steps are taken to quarantine the patient. There are many more tests still under research that will help to test the COVID-19 virus. Scientists are working tirelessly to achieve a faster method of checking for this disease.
COVID-19 Online Induction Sample
COVID-19 is a declared pandemic. It is a new disease that requires cooperation among countries to manage it. The United Nations, through the World Health organisation, provides guidelines and videos on how to manage it. It has also developed the standards of how to handle the COVID-19 disease.
Organisations and businesses of all sizes should develop their own COVID-19 online induction module. This module may include information on what the virus is and procedures to safely handle it. You may also incorporate other operating procedures such as: how to deal with suspected COVID-19 customer, etc.
Here are some of many benefits of creating your own online induction about COVID-19:
1. To Minimise the Spread of COVID-19 within your organisation.
2. To Improve Coordination for Preparedness
COVID-19 spreads out faster in countries that do not restrict social gatherings. But even the most developed countries may see their health care systems collapse due to influx of patients require intensive care.
Your online induction training can include strategic preparedness and responsive planning. Those taking the training will be able to understand the significant pillars of public health preparedness and response.
Rapid induction account setup by Induct For Work
Induct For Work has developed a sample COVID-19 online induction that can be distributed to your staff online. Our team of specialists can assist you to setup your account in no time and you can be sending your own online inductions to your staff in minutes.
Register your own account here and develop your own COVID-19 workplace policies and procedures or talk to one of our specialists.