The Prevention of Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent Featured

The Department of Health advises school to take precautionary measures to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent. To safeguard your children’s health, please be more alert to your children’s health condition, maintain a hygienic household, and co-operate with us by reminding your children to observe personal hygiene. You are also kindly requested to take the following measures.

I. Prevention Measures

A. Stay Alert

Good personal and environmental hygiene should be maintained. For the Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent updates, Please visit Centre for Health Protection website .

(a) Students/staff who had travelled to those affected areas in the past 14 days; they should notify school and observe closely their health condition. Within the 14 days of returning from those affected areas, they should measure their body temperature every day before going to school. If feeling unwell, they should seek medical consultation promptly and should not go to school.

(b) Students/staff returning from affected areas should consult doctors promptly if they have symptoms of Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent, seek medical advice and inform the doctor of the travel history and wear a surgical mask to help prevent spread of the disease.

B. Maintain Good Personal Hygiene

(a) Perform hand hygiene properly before touching your eyes, nose or mouth; before eating; after using the toilet; and touching public installations or equipment such as escalator handrails, elevator control panels or door knobs.

(b) Wash hands with liquid soap and water properly whenever possibly contaminated.

(c) When hands are not visibly soiled, clean hands by rubbing them with 70- 80% alcohol-based handrub as an effective alternative.

(d) Cover nose and mouth with tissue paper when sneezing or coughing. Dispose soiled tissue paper properly into a lidded rubbish bin and wash hands with liquid soap and water afterwards.

(e) Students/staff should wear a surgical mask if develop fever or respiratory symptoms, wear a surgical mask, refrain from work or attending class at school and seek medical advice promptly.

(f) N95 respirators are generally not recommended for use by general public in community settings because special training is required for proper wearing and removal of the mask. Otherwise the infective risk due to inadequate protection and contamination may be ironically increased.

(g) Do not share personal items such as eating utensils and towels.

Please inform the school immediately if your children have contracted any communicable disease. For any enquiries, please call the school at 25506111. Thank you for your kind cooperation.