Erasmus MC advises students take everyday preventive measures to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses (viruses that cause infections on the respiratory tract). These measures are:
- Wash your hands regularly, using soap and water;
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands), when coughing or sneezing;
- Wash or disinfect your hands after coughing or sneezing;
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available;
- Stay at home if you are sick.
It is important to adhere to the general precautionary measures. This prevents the spread of micro-organisms, i.e. viruses in this this specific case. This means that you should do the following:
- Wash your hands regularly;
- Cough and sneeze into the crease of your elbow;
- Use paper tissues only once and dispose of them carefully;
- Avoid touching your face (eyes, mouth, nose) as much as possible;
- Always practice good hand hygiene before eating or preparing food (including snacks).
The face masks used Erasmus MC meet all national requirements for personal protective equipment. The masks are only used with a single patient and discarded immediately after use. The masks provide no protection if they are worn throughout the day.
The GGD is responsible for testing for SARS-CoV-2. Currently, testing is only done on those who exhibit symptoms that meet the case definition and who have been in a risk area, or those who have had unprotected contact with a SARS-CoV-2 positive patient. If you are concerned, speak with your GP, who can refer you to the GGD if necessary. In the event of the GGD being overloaded with requests, Erasmus MC will create an alternative for its staff and students, so that they can undergo testing at home and at Erasmus MC in the decontamination unit after registering by telephone.