Education MEC Debbie Schäfer says people are understandably concerned about the coronavirus, now that the Western Cape has a confirmed case. But she has urged for calm.
Earlier it was reported that United Herzlia, an independent school group, closed its 8 campuses as a self-initiated precautionary measure after a parent showed symptoms following international travel. The school called the national hotline – 0800 029 999 – and followed precautionary measures. They are in communication with the MEC and will make further decisions based on the results of the test.
“There is no indication that schools need to close at this stage, and schools must continue as normal. We do, however, urge all schools and families to practice the preventative measures publicised by the Western Cape Department of Health, especially regular hand-washing, sneezing into your elbow or a tissue, and not shaking hands.”
For all schools and learners, make sure you do the following:
Wash your hands often with soap and water. Make sure you wash them for 20 seconds, no less than that!
Safety Shake: While we all want to be friendly and show respect, shaking hands is not a great idea when there is a virus going around. Rather do the Safety Shake: tap your feet together – gently – not your hands!
Duck ‘n dab: If you are ill and you cough or sneeze, make sure you cough into your elbow. This doubles as practicing your dabbing skills.
Any suspected cases must be reported to the national hotline, or contact your health practitioner. If a school child is involved, please also report it to the WCED so that we can make a decision on the appropriate action.
Please visit www.westerncape.gov.za\coronavirus for up to date information.
And try the best you can not to touch your face without washing your hands first!