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DIFC Ireland is closely monitoring the global health situation surrounding COVID-19 and, our priority remains to be the health and welfare of all our students and staff.

DIFC is acting on the advice received on how to handle this changing situation from the Irish Health Authorities (www.hse.ie) who in turn are advised by the World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Disease Control.  It is understandable that some students and their parents are anxious about the spread of COVID-19 and we would like to emphasise that we will always act in the best interests of our students and staff

According to the most recent update from the Health Service Executive (HSE), there are 21 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland. The advice from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre in the HSE is that educational institutions may remained open at this time, with the following precautions:

  1. All students and staff are asked not to come to the college if unwell!
  2. For any learner or staff member planning to travel either during College holidays or any time in the near future, please use prudence and good judgement and do NOT travel to Coronavirus effected areas.

Anyone that is travelling will need to complete a risk assessment on their return. Therefore, students need to advise us of their intention to travel and return dates by emailing students services.

 

Advice Provided to Students

If you are getting enquiries from concerned parents, please reassure them that our Student Services team are supporting students through this time and providing the latest advice, including the below:

  • The most important action we can take to protect ourselves from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is regular hand-washing, using hand sanitisers where available and good respiratory hygiene (reference)
  • Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Please be wary of these symptoms and seek immediate medical attention by phone should such symptoms occur.  
  • HSE medical advice to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is below.
  • Do:
    • wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
    • 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    
  • Don’t:
    • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Face masks for students and staff are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments (refer HSE guidelines page 3).
  • HSE Coronavirus posters have been erected on campuses
  • Sanitisers on campuses are non-alcoholic, as some of our learners cannot use ‘alcohol’ based sanitisers – these are confirmed to be 99.9999% effective in killing all germs and exactly the same as ‘alcohol’ based sanitisers.  

 

For the most up-to-date information in Ireland, please click on:

 

The health and well-being of our staff and students is paramount and we will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days and weeks. Further updates will be provided as the situation develops.

 

Brian McDonald MSc. MCIPD

CEO and Academic Operations Director

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