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HSE Advice regarding COVID-19

HSE Advice regarding COVID-19

By Conor Kiely
6 March 2020
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Below has been circulated by the IRFU - please read to protect yourself from coronavirus.

• Wash your hands properly and regularly
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.
• Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Follow the travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs

• Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Wash your hands:
• after coughing or sneezing
• after toilet use
• before eating
• before and after preparing food
• if you are in contact with a sick person, especially those with respiratory symptoms
• if your hands are dirty
• if you have handled animals or animal waste

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, phone your GP or local emergency department (ED) without delay. Do not go to your GP or ED. Phone them first. If you do not have a GP, phone 112 or 999. Tell them about your symptoms. Give them the details about your situation. Avoid contact with other people by self-isolating.

WHO Advice for Club Facilities
• Sanitisation stations should be in use throughout all training and meeting areas. These should be set up with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes. Note that the virus can survive for several days on suitable surfaces in suitable environments so surfaces (e.g. massage tables, gym equipment) and objects should be wiped down regularly with disinfectant/antiseptic
• Gloves should be used by Team Medical staff, although regular and thorough hand washing remains the mainstay of preventive action

The relevant health authority will give guidance on when and if matches/trainings should be cancelled. Please keep an eye on the following website for up to date and reliable information:
Health Service Executive: Coronavirus
Health Protection Surveillance Centre: Coronavirus

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