What is COVID-19?
The new coronavirus, called COVID-19, was first identified in December 2019 in China, in the city of Wuhan. This new agent had never been identified before in humans.
COVID-19 belongs to the family of coronaviruses, known to cause disease in humans. The infection can be similar to a common flu or present as a more serious illness, such as pneumonia.
How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is spread by close contact with people infected by the virus, or by contact with contaminated surfaces and objects.
The disease is transmitted through droplets released from the nose or mouth when we cough or sneeze, which can hit directly the mouth, nose and eyes of those close by.
What are the symptoms?
Infected people may show signs and symptoms of acute respiratory infection such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
In more severe cases it can lead to severe pneumonia with acute respiratory failure, kidney and other organ failure and, eventually death.
How to protect yourself?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends hygiene measures and respiratory etiquette to reduce exposure and transmission of the disease:
1. Keep a respiratory label: cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough (with tissue or elbow; always throw the tissue in the trash);
2. Wash your hands frequently when blowing, sneezing, coughing and after direct contact with sick people;
3. Avoid close contact with people with respiratory infection.
If I have symptoms and need to be quarantined, can I attend classes online?
Under the COVID-19 prevention recommendations, Porto Business School will ensure classes for all those who have to stay at home, through its online platform, without any penalty from an academic point of view.
To attend online classes, please contact the programme manager of your programme.
What to avoid to prevent COVID-19?
Avoid crowded and closed places;
Avoid greetings with physical contact;
Clean contact surfaces and equipment frequently;
Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth;
Monitor symptoms of cough, fever and breathing difficulties;
Wash your hands, with liquid soap, and for at least 20 seconds after: 1.contact with surfaces in public places; 2. use of sanitary facilities. 3. before and after handling food.
I recently returned from an area with active community transmission of the new coronavirus. What should I do?
If you have recently travelled to a country that has reported cases of COVID-19 and don’t show any symptoms, you should adopt a respiratory hygiene and maintain social distancing.
You can pursue with your lective or professional activity, monitoring the symptoms, such as fever, cough or respiratory difficulties.
If any of the symptoms mentioned appear, call SNS24 808 24 24 24.