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Important numbers during 21-day lockdown

  • GBV Command Centre: 0800 428 428 / *120*7867# from any cell phone
  • Persons with disabilities, SMS ‘help’ to 31531
  • Women Abuse Helpline: 0800 150 150
  • Child line: 0800 055 555


  • SAPS Crime Stop: 0860 10111 / SMS Crime Line: 32211
  • GBVF-related service complaints (SAPS): 0800 333 177/complaintsnodalpoint@saps.gov.za 
  • National AIDS Helpline: 0800 012 322
  • National Human Trafficking Helpline: 0800 222 777


  • Suicide Helpline: 0800 567 567
  • National Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.za
  • National Institute of Communicable Diseases: https://www.nicd.ac.za
  • World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int
  • Coronavirus Hotline: 0800 029 999

If you suspect you may have been exposed, stay where you are

The Bloemfontein and Welkom campuses’ Primary Healthcare Clinics are on high alert, and have implemented all actions prescribed by the National Department of Health (NDoH) as well as the Free State Department of Health. Affected and infected students and employees are to find assistance immediately. What to do if you suspect you are infected with the coronavirus:

  • Report it to the National hotline: 080002999
  • Report to your doctor, clinic or nearest medical facility. The preferred method is to do so via a phone call.
  • If you are unable to reach any of the above, contact ER24 at 084124.
  • Medical facilities around Mangaung are: MediClinic, Rosepark, Universitas, Pelonomi, Busamed or local clinics.
  • Medical facilities around Welkom are: MediClinic, Bongani Hospital, or local clinics.
  • Notify your line manager at CUT via phone. 

Join the national Covid19 SA group on Whatsapp. Send 'Hi' to 060 012 3456.

Guidance and Important Information

24 March 2020

CUT Medical Scheme Cover (PDF)

Vice-Chancellor Communqiues released to guide the measures taken at CUT. 

26 March 2020

Go to, https://www.cut.ac.za/announcements/63

VC communique, English 26 March 2020 (PDF)

18 March 2020

Go to, https://www.cut.ac.za/announcements/62

16 March 2020

Go to, https://www.cut.ac.za/announcements/60

The South African Government has created an SA Coronavirus website, https://sacoronavirus.co.za/

Document releases to note:

Videos

President Ramaphosa: South Africa in 21-day lockdown, 23 March 2020


President Ramaphosa COVID-19 briefing after meeting with political parties, 18 March 2020


| Stockpiling and price hikes | alcohol (sellers open times)

Sharing of fake news
The new Disaster Management Act regulations gazetted on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 make provision for SA Government to act decisively against individuals who create or spread fake news. 
This includes sharing content received on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and WhatsApp. The penalty ranges from a fine to six months in prison.
          
What should you do?
         
  1. Do not share content on platforms (including WhatsApp) unless you are sure of the validity and the correctness of the source.
  2. Read your trusted media sources for information. Do not rely on content that is populated on your Facebook news feed or send via WhatsApp.
  3. Check the validity of the information you receive with your sources before sharing.
  4. Contact Communications and Marketing team if you are unable to confirm the information and need assistance.
  5. Go to Africa Fact Check - they check for facts and alert about misinformation.

Source: https://mybroadband.co.za/news/government/343315-6-months-in-jail-if-you-spread-fake-news-about-coronavirus.html

Laws to prevent stockpiling and price hikes approved

Government has imposed regulations that will limit unjustified price hikes and product stockpiling, to protect consumers.

Government issued directives under the Disaster Management Act and Regulations under both the Competition Act and Consumer Protection Act.

According to the regulations, prices may not exceed the increase in the cost of the raw material. The profit levels, he added, should not be hiked higher than in the period just before the period of the COVID-19.


Source: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/world-news/south-africa-stockpiling-price-hike-laws-approved/?utm_content=buffer777e1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer 

Bars, clubs, shebeens and restaurants selling alcohol
The sale, dispensing or transportation of alcoholic beverages is prohibited between 18h00 - 09h00 (Monday to Saturday); 13h00 - 09h00 (Sunday and public holidays).

Source: https://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2020-03-18-strict-new-regulations-to-contain-virus-will-see-bars-in-sa-close-at-6pm/

Due to the current situation regarding the COVID-19, many organisations are taking precautionary measures towards the health and safety of their employees, as a result, asking them to work from home.

LinkedIn has put together a list of 16 courses that members can go through to help them with this rapid change of working remotely, adjusting to a new working and learning environment, and managing remote teams.

The courses are also packaged in a learning path.

Below are some of the courses that can be sent to all employees.

  1. Working Remotely – 1 hr
  2. Time Management: Working From Home – 1 hr 25 min
  3. Productivity Tips: Finding Your Productive Mindset – 59 min
  4. Executive Presence on Video Conference Calls – 34 min
  5. Thriving @ Work: the Connection between Well-being and Productivity – 41 min
  6. Managing Stress for Positive Change – 57 min
  7. Building Resilience – 34 min
  8. Developing Resourcefulness – 18 min

This being said, and in line with supporting members across the globe, LinkedIn has opened all the 16 courses for free to everyone, therefore, please feel free to share this with your connections & community directly, as well.

More information

8 tips for getting it done when working from home

Podcast: How to work from home

Online resources (now free)

The following listed resources are being made available for free during this time.

For kids

          
Access to resources:
           
  1. eThuto
  2. Student portal
  3. Library and Information Services | Databases
  4. Current Students
  5. Online academic resource JSTOR: Materials Accessible to the Public
  6. ScienceDirect opens Elserivier textbooks online for the next three months

Library notice:

Library and Information Services extend the fine free week.

If you have any overdue books or other library material in your possession, do not be concerned. The CUT has extended the fine free week that started on Monday, 16 March, as part of South African Library Week 2020 until the end of April 2020.

You can return the materials to us until end of April without paying any fines.

Coronavirus Information

Social distancing helps control the number of people who get sick with the coronavirus at any given time and President Cyril Ramaphosa has asked that we practice it at this time.

The lists below have been recommended by SA Government as guidelines for social distancing.
Red (avoid), Amber (caution), Green (safe)

Red list (Avoid)

  • Group gatherings
  • Sleepovers
  • Children’s play-dates
  • Concerts
  • Theatre outings
  • Sporting and athletic events
  • Crowded retail malls
  • Gyms and workout facilities
  • Having ‘non-essential workers’ in your house
  • Using mass transit systems

Amber list (Do these activities with caution)

  • Going to restaurants
  • Getting takeaways
  • Picking up medication
  • Visiting the library
  • Attending religious services
  • Essential travel

Green list (Activities that are safe to do)

  • Take a walk
  • Go hiking
  • Gardening or frequenting your garden
  • Cleaning
  • Reading books
  • Listening to music
  • Cooking meals
  • Small family gatherings (e.g, games night)
  • Going for a casual drive
  • Watch television, or stream shows at home
  • Check on friends or neighbours
What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Does the coronavirus spread from person to person?
The virus can spread from one person to another, mainly through droplets of saliva or mucus carried through the air for up to 1 metre or so when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Viral particles may be breathed in, land on surfaces that people touch, or be transferred when shaking hands or sharing a drink with someone who has the virus.

What is the incubation period for the coronavirus?
An incubation period is the time between being infected by a virus and showing symptoms of the illness. Current information suggests that symptoms of COVID-19 usually appear on average after five days from infection. However, the incubation period may be as short as two days or as long as 14 days before the infected person shows symptoms.

How is this new coronavirus confirmed?
A specialised test must be done to confirm that a person has COVID-19. However, it is important to note that only persons who show symptoms or meet criteria as set out by the NICD will be tested. If you or a loved one have suspected symptoms, please contact your general practitioner first, who will liaise with the necessary authorities to assist with tests. In cases of severe
respiratory distress, please go to your emergency unit. However, inform them of your arrival prior to entering the unit.

Can people who are asymptomatic spread coronavirus?
A person who is asymptomatic may be spreading the virus and could make others ill. How often this lasts if asymptomatic transmission is occurring is unclear. The risk of catching the virus from someone with no symptoms, is very low.

Can the coronavirus live on surfaces such as fabrics and carpets or hard surfaces?
How long the new coronavirus can live on a soft surface — and more importantly, how easy or hard it is to spread this way — isn’t clear yet. Available evidence suggests it can be transmitted less easily from soft surfaces than frequently-touched hard surfaces, such as a doorknob or the
elevator button.
According to WHO, coronaviruses may survive on surfaces for just a few hours or several days. However, many factors will influence this period, including the surface material and weather.
This is the reason why taking personal hygiene steps such as frequently washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, and wiping down often-touched surfaces with disinfectants or a household cleaning spray, are excellent infection prevention practices.

Should my children and I wear a face mask to protect against coronavirus?
Please follow public health recommendations. Currently, face masks are not recommended for the general public. Even though there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa, most people are more likely to catch and spread seasonal influenza (the flu).
Some health facilities require people to wear a mask under certain circumstances, such as if they have travelled from areas where coronavirus is spreading, or have been in contact with people who did or with people who have confirmed coronavirus.
If you have respiratory symptoms like coughing or sneezing, experts recommend wearing a mask to protect others. This may help contain droplets containing any type of virus, including the flu, and protect close contacts (anyone within 1 to 2 meters of the infected person).

Should someone who is immunocompromised wear a mask?
If you are immunocompromised because of an illness or treatment, talk to your doctor about whether wearing a mask is helpful. Advice will depend on your medical history and where you live. Many people will not need to wear a mask, but if your healthcare provider recommends wearing one in public areas because you have a particularly vulnerable immune system or for
other reasons, follow that advice.

Is there a vaccine available for coronavirus?
No vaccine is available, although scientists are working on vaccines. In 2003, scientists tried to develop a vaccine to prevent the SARS virus but the epidemic ended before the vaccine could enter clinical trials.

What is the treatment for coronavirus?
Treatment is based on supportive measures, which means giving fluids, medicine to reduce fever, and, in severe cases, supplemental oxygen. People who become critically ill from COVID-19 may need a ventilator to help them breathe.

Can people who recover from the coronavirus still be carriers and therefore spread it?
People who get COVID-19 need to work with providers and public health authorities to determine when they are no longer contagious.

Myths and facts about Coronavirus


External Information Sources

South African Government: Covid-19 Resource Portal

National Institute for Communicable Diseases: Updates

World Health Organization: Coronavirus outbreak

Johns Hopkins Dashboard: Global cases (Stats)


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