TCA and COVID-19
This week the coronavirus outbreak has reached a new level with the World Health Organisation (WHO) announcing that COVID-19 is a pandemic. The unfolding and serious nature of this virus is causing significant concern in the community.
With the aim of keeping all Students informed on the Coronavirus situation so far as Tai Chi Australia (TCA) classes, we wish to make you aware of TCA‘s current position.
The situation is changing rapidly and the authorities are updating citizens with health and welfare messages as circumstances change (refer to website addresses below).
At this stage, there is no reason to cancel classes but please monitor the TCA website in case that changes.
All Instructors and Students should:
- Practice good hand hygiene – that is, wash hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water, or thoroughly cleanse with hand sanitiser.
- Use air hand driers where possible.
- Do not attend classes if you feel unwell. Remain at home for a least 24 hrs after being free of fever of over 37.8C. We will do our best to catch you up on any lessons you miss.
- Students who start to show flu symptoms may be asked to go home.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow and then perform hand hygiene.
- Consider participation in the flu vaccination program-seek your doctor’s advice.
- Please report any relevant health symptoms to an appropriate person (your instructor or Master Han). Your privacy will be respected.
- Please advise if you have done any international travel in the past 2 months.
- Please ensure that you apply appropriate hygiene practices and also take note of required actions should you start to feel sick.
The use of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face masks can reduce the spread of infection when used correctly and in the appropriate context. For most people in the community, PPE such as face masks are not recommended. However, for people with symptoms of an acute respiratory infection, the WHO recommends that there may be benefit in wearing a face mask to reduce the spread of infection to other people.
There is a large amount of information available and it is being updated regularly.
The Department of Health and Human Services information is available at: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
You can speak to a registered nurse at HealthDirect on 1800 022 222
A Coronavirus Health Information Line is available on 1800 020 080