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STUDENT FACT SHEET: INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19

What is a coronavirus and what is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory virus first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The majority of COVID-19 cases result in mild symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. However, it can lead to death, particularly in people who are older or who have suppressed immune systems or pre-existing conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

COVID-19 has been rapidly spreading around the world since December 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak a pandemic and Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

How is COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:

  • direct close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appear;
  • close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes; and/or
  • touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.

How can you help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene and keeping your distance from others when you are sick is the best defence against most viruses. Specifically, you should:

  • sanitise or wash your hands before and after entering a home, preparing or eating food, going to the bathroom, touching your face or blowing your nose;
  • cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, dispose of tissues immediately into a bin, and wash your hands;
  • if you are unwell, stay at home and avoid contact with others; and
  • exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures by staying at least 1.5 metres away from people.

More Information

References

Australian Government Department of Health – www.health.gov.au

Australian Nursing and Training Services (ANTS) COVID-19 FAQ

Since COVID-19 emerged, Australian Nursing and Training Services (ANTS) has been closely monitoring the situation and taking advice from the Federal Government and NSW health. However, at this time these measures do not include the closure of schools or universities which are to remain open until advised otherwise. ANTS will therefore continue to operate classes as normal. We understand many of you are concerned. We would like to refer to the following frequently asked questions:

1. Is Australian Nursing and Training services (ANTS) open

Yes, we are 9am-5pm Monday to Friday as usual

2. Can I come to college for support with my training?

Yes, you can. You must follow the rules; wash hands, maintain social distancing. Emails have already been sent out to students about College rules.

3. Is ANTS running training face to face

Due to very minimal number of students’ participation, we are providing one on onesupport.

4. Are there online classes

Yes, ANTS is providing online training/classes, please see you email for the invitation and schedules.

5. I have finished by training now when can I gofor my work placement

Currently, we are dealing with the stakeholders if students can be placed safely, we will update you soon.

6. I need help with questions, what do I do

Please feel free to come to college or call us

7. Do I have to have record of flu vaccine I had?

Yes, it is mandatory in workplace, and we would also require you to provide us a copy which is always a practice of ANTS

8. How often do I have to come to online training?

You are advised in your email please check on regular basis.

9. Do I have to have COVID safe app?

ANTS highly encourages and recommends it students to download the app.  

Coronavirus video - Good Hygiene Starts Here

COVIDSafe app