COVID-19

COVID-19 Update

There are new updates and Nova SBE has immediately activated its Contingency Plan for COVID-19.
Read our lastest announcements here.

General information for students and their families, teachers and staff

COVID-19 is a corona virus first identified in China in January 2020.

  • COVID-19 has an incubation period of 14 days between contamination of the person and the onset of symptoms.
  • The main symptoms of COVID-19 infection are a cough, fever and shortness of breath.
  • The symptoms are more severe in older adults, those with immune deficiencies, or people who have other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer or chronic lung disease.
  • There is no evidence that children are affected more than adults.
  • COVID-19 is transmitted by close and direct contact with an infected person (less than two meters' distance); the risk increases with the time of contact.
  • Respiratory secretions, spread by coughing and sneezing are the most important vehicle of transmission for COVID-19
  • The disease can also be transmitted by touching surfaces contaminated with patients' secretions (door handles, handrails, toilets, shaking hands, etc.)
  • There is no clear evidence that people who are not infected can transmit the infection.

There is currently no vaccine against COVID-19

Everyone should take general measures used to reduce the spread of viral respiratory diseases:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water:
    • Before leaving home
    • Upon reaching NOVA
    • After using the toilets
    • After breaks
    • Before eating
    • Before leaving NOVA
  • Use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, or if there is no soap and water, especially after using public transport:
  • Cover your nose and mouth while sneezing and coughing using a disposable handkerchief or the inside of your elbow.
  • Discard any tissue after use.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes, nose and mouth without having washed your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you have greater contact with.
  • Avoid close contact with people who feel unwell.
  • Stay at home in case of any discomfort.
  • If there is concern about the health status of a student or colleague, call Saúde24 (808 24 24 24)
  • The use of masks for students, teachers or employees who do not work in health services is not justified.

A patient with a cough, fever or difficulty breathing with laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 infection.

There is no conclusive evidence that there are healthy carriers, meaning that they have no symptoms and are infected with the virus.

Someone who is sick with a cough, fever and difficulty breathing &:

  • Has travelled to a sensitive country or region (categories 1 or 2, see below) within 14 days before the onset of symptoms.
  • Has had confirmed or probable contact with COVID-19 within 14 days before the onset of symptoms.
  • Is a health professional who has been to a health institution where patients are treated for COVID-19

Category 1:

  • Wuhan City, and Hubei Province, China
  • Quarantined cities in Lombardy and Veneto, Italy
  • People who have been in these regions in the last 14 days, should isolate themselves and not appear at NOVA's facilities until 14 days have passed since the day they arrived in Portugal.

 

Category 2: 

  • call Saúde24 (808 24 24 24)
  • Inform the Dean's office
  • Do not go to the doctor, health center or pharmacy
  • Try to isolate the patient in an airy room
  • Keep them two meters away from anyone else
  • Avoid coming into contact with other people or objects
  • Use tissues to cover the mouth
  • Keep hands clean & use separate toilet facilities
  • call Saúde24 (808 24 24 24)
  • Inform the Dean's office
  • Wait for the result of relevant analyzes
  • Maintain special care with cleaning and waste treatment
  • Reassess the situation as soon as test results arrive

If contacts are made with students, teachers or staff who:

  • Have been face to face, less than two meters, for more than 15 minutes, or touched a patient
  • Have been talking to or coughed on by a patient
  • Have had to wash or clean a patient
  • Belong to a group of close friends of the patient
  • Reside in the same residence as the patient

 

Contacts should be asked to:

  • Stay isolated at home for 14 days after the last contact with the patient
  • Watch for symptoms of malaise
  • Take regular body temperature measurements
  • Be attentive to any symptoms close friends and family present
  • Call Saúde24 if you develop a cough, fever, or shortness of breath.
  • If you call an ambulance, notify the INEM team, the Fire Department or the CVP.

The patient's family and friends who have not had close contact with the patient need not take extraordinary precautions unless they develop symptoms (cough, fever or shortness of breath); in this case, they should call Saúde24 (808 24 24 24).

Students, teachers and staff who have not had close contact with the patient do not need to take extraordinary precautions unless they develop symptoms (cough, fever or shortness of breath); in that case, they should call Saúde 24 (808 24 24 24).

Call Saúde 24 (808 24 24 24)

If they are well and without symptoms, they should:

  • Stay isolated at home for 14 days after staying in the sensitive region
  • Pay attention to symptoms or malaise
  • Regularly measure and record body temperature
  • Be equally aware of any symptoms of family members or other people who are in close proximity
  • Call Saúde24 if you develop cough, fever, or shortness of breath, and if they call an ambulance, they must notify the INEM team, the Fire Department or CVP that the individual has been traveling in a sensitive region for less than 14 days.

If they are without symptoms,

  • they can continue with their student or professional activities
  • they will be able to maintain their family and personal relationships
  • their respective families can maintain their activity
  • they do not need to ask for tests
  • always have a cell phone handy, in case they feel bad.

 

If you develop symptoms such as cough, fever or shortness of breath,

  • call Saúde24 (808 24 24 24)
  • Inform the Dean's office
  • Do not go to the doctor, health center or pharmacy
  • Try to isolate the patient in an airy room
  • Keep them two meters away from anyone else
  • Avoid coming into contact with other people or objects
  • Use tissues to cover the mouth
  • Keep hands clean & use separate toilet facilities
  • The risk of contagion is very low
  • It will not be necessary for the student, teacher or employee to take any extraordinary action unless they have had contact with a confirmed case
  • Students, teachers and staff will be able to continue with their educational or professional activities.

As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we are asking you to check this page regularly to keep informed of the latest advice. You may also find the following sites useful:

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