Covid19 Updates From the SSTC's Nurse's Desk (Ep 2)
May 16 2020
To mask or not to mask!
The Coronavirus (COVID 19) is new. Scientists around the world are still learning new things in real time. As you may recall, the WHO (World Health Organization) reported in January that the virus is not airborne hence no need for masks. This has now been revised, however, and the experts have now declared that the virus remains airborne for at least 8 hours. If you have been following international news, to date all around the world people are wearing masks.
Jamaica has recorded 252 confirmed cases, most of which are workplace related. Of this figure, only 34 cases are imported. In BPOs/Call Centres, hundreds of persons are in small spaces, using and are sharing the same equipment and devices. The only proven behaviour that will prevent you from touching your face or to stop droplets from spreading is the wearing of facial masks. In addition, our health authority has now declared that wearing masks is mandatory. I have personally observed that numerous persons have been wearing their masks incorrectly. It is important that the mask be properly worn, installed and removed in order to maximize safety. If your mask is removed from your nose and m...
Covid19 Updates From the SSTC Nurse’s Desk SSTC (Ep 1)
May 16 2020
To date, our country has reported 144 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Is there cause for concern?
The largest pool is from the Alorica Call Centre, with 51 confirmed cases from that source. Over 700
persons are employed to this facility and they have all been in contact with family members, friends,
supermarket, markets, taxi operators as well as countless, un-named individuals.
It is imperative at this time that as individuals, we take major steps to prevent further spread of this
dangerous unprecedented disease.
Worldwide, there are 2.1 million cases, 142,184 deaths. 540,656 persons have recovered.
In Jamaica they are 144 confirmed cases, 5 deaths and 21 persons have recovered.
Together we can fight this disease. Let us all:
- Follow the directives from the Ministry of Health and Wellness
- Avoid unnecessary visits to health facilities. If you think you are infected, call ahead before going
- Maintain social distance (at least 3 to 6 feet apart)
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose
- Wash your hands often, using soap and water or alcohol based hand rub
- Wear your mask in crowded areas.
- Boost your immune system, by stocking up on your vitamins, eat fresh fruits and exercise daily.
Stay healthy, stay safe & ‘Tan a yuh yaad!’