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Life in times of COVID-19: An Advisory

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Friday, March 13, 2020

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COVID-19 Command Centre

Advisory No. COVID-19-3

Date Applicable from: 21th March 2020

Date Applicable till: 15th April 2020 unless updated advisory is issued.

Status: Level 3: Avoid Non Essential Activities

Exceptions: None

 

Advisory No. COVID-19-2

Date Applicable from: 17th March 2020

Date Applicable till: 15th April 2020 unless updated advisory is issued.

Status: Level 2 Alert Practice Enhanced Precaution

Exception: For the following conditions,  

  • International Travel and Inter-state travel 
  • People with special considerations

Status is:  Level 3: Avoid Non Essential Activities

 

Advisory No. COVID-19-1

Date Applicable from: 17th March 2020

Date Applicable till: 31st March 2020 unless updated advisory is issued.

Status: Level 2 Alert Practice Enhanced Precaution

Exception: For the following conditions,  

  • International Travel  
  • People with special considerations

Status is :  Level 3: Avoid Non Essential Activities

The outbreak of COVID-19 continues to evolve and travellers may have questions regarding their travel plans and the best way to prepare and protect themselves from exposure to the new virus. The Catalyst Group of Organisation has constituted the COVID-19 Response Command Center comprising public health experts from Swasti,  in order to prepare for, mitigate and respond to risks and effects of the COVID19 to the communities it serves, its own people and its partners. 

This is an advisory applicable to all full time and part time employees, hired consultants (full time and part time), interns, volunteers and fellows of Catalyst Group. 

There are four levels of Alert:

Level 1: Watch – Practice Usual Precautions

Level 2: Alert: Practice Enhanced Precautions

Level 3: Avoid Non Essential Activities

This Alert is at  LEVEL 2 status: Practice ENHANCED PRECAUTIONS

Exception: For International Travel: The Catalyst Group stance is to align with MoHFW. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has declared a Level 3 to Avoid Non-Essential Activities 

A. How do I protect myself & my colleagues during this period?

  1. Namaste is better than a handshake
  2. Stay at home if you have fever, respiratory symptoms, or believe you are sick.
  3. Practice enhanced precautions. If you don’t absolutely need to be in the office,     stay at home and work.
  4. If you develop these symptoms when you’re out in the field or at office, immediately wear a mask and practice hand hygiene. Strive to isolate yourself and avoid all avoidable and unnecessary exposure to people and crowds.
  5. If you are fit and well, with no symptoms, there is no evidence that wearing facemasks as a general prevention measure is helpful.
  6. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash hands with soap and water.
  7. So you are in the office, what can you do?
    1. Good personal hygiene always works. Follow the  8 steps to handwashing. Soap and Water ( 20 seconds) if not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.
    2. Limit non-essential visitors.
    3. Use your elbow instead of fingers to navigate commonly touched items like switches, door handles etc wherever possible and if you have to use your hands follow it up with a handwash /sanitizer.
    4. Clean and disinfect equipment (e.g., laptops, tablets, keyboards) routinely.
    5. Use social distancing strategies: increase the space between people and decrease the frequency of contact. 6 feet apart is recommended by CDC. If not possible, try one arm’s length
    6. Use your own water bottle, or glass ( mark your name on it) and use for the whole day. We want to prevent accidental sharing of glasses and cutlery

8. Is your office safe?

  1. Your  administrative officers ensure that cleaning is conducted with disinfectants. 
  2. They will routinely clean frequently touched surfaces with household cleaning spray or wipe containing at least 70% alcohol: including tables, lift switches, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
  3. They will ensure bathrooms are supplied adequately with soap, water,drying materials  so visitors and staff can wash their hands. ALL towels will be removed, use your personal wipe.
  4. They will place the alcohol-based hand sanitizer in visible, frequently used locations such as registration desks and exits.

9. How do I apply precautions in the field?

  1. Items that are currently handled by multiple people need to either be disinfected or multiple instances of handling need to be limited. Examples of situations where this is applicable are:
  2. Handling of plastic hangers for recycling (Noble Plastics)  When handling cash ( e.g. during SHG meetings) count, put the cash in a ziplock bag and immediately use a hand sanitizer or soap to wash your hands
  3. Let’s continue our parties and celebrations and move it online. See you all on Hangouts/Zoom and BYOF (Bring your own Food)
  4. This a time for you to keep your immunity up. Keep hydrated, eat nutritious foods, take additional vitamins. VItamin C ( citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, chillis etc
  5.  We know these are trying times for you and your family. Resilience Works, our Mental Well-being partner will be hosting webinars on “Coping with COVID-19 from a mental health perspective”. Details of the same are on Workplace. Please reach out to your respective People Engagement Managers if you need any other information and for any kind of support in accessing Mental Well-being services. 
  6. If at any point in time, you feel uncomfortable coming into office, speak to your team members and manager and Work From Home

 

B. Meetings, Workshops, Trainings and Conferences

  1. Postpone large events or do them differently –  online / webinars Essential meetings up to 10 people are acceptable (till further notice)  1. SHG meetings and local community small group meetings may continue as planned as they are essential (postpone non-essential meetings
  2. If you’re working in a village or location (interiors) where there has been absolutely no travel or potential exposure to COVID-19, you may go ahead and     conduct the meeting/training etc. eg. Self Help Group meetings in rural areas

Caveats: Anyone with cold symptoms or potentially exposed to COVID-19 (locations and areas) are exempt from attending these meetings. Please maintain social distancing at all instances. 

C. Travel

  1. For International Travel: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has declared a Level 3 to Avoid Non-Essential Travel. So that’s what we’ll follow too
  2. For Domestic Travel – inter-city travel:LEVEL 2 status: Practice ENHANCED PRECAUTIONS
  3. For Local Travel including within town/city/village travel: LEVEL 2 status: Practice ENHANCED PRECAUTIONS

Special Considerations:

If you’re someone who is likely to get sick more easily or if getting sick would be notably problematic, we strongly encourage you to work from home. In addition, if any of the following apply to you, we strongly encourage you to work from home.

  1. If you have a compromised immune system, are pregnant or have respiratory issues or have high a risk medical condition 
  2. If you’re a primary caregiver or single parent
  3. If you’re in immediate contact with people (e.g. family members) that are more vulnerable to COVID-19.
  4. If you’re in immediate contact with people who have elevated risks of being infected with COVID-19 (e.g. your partner traveled to a high-risk area)

For any questions please reach out to the Helplines set up by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Government of India.

Link (click here)

Practice Enhanced Precautions: What does this mean for you?

  1. If you are travelling abroad or have plans to travel abroad, check this link for the latest instructions. However, we urge you to consider if your travel is indeed Essential or Not.  If you cannot ascertain this for yourself, reach out to your People Engagement Manager and/or Reporting Officer
  2. If you are travelling domestically, we recommend ask yourself three questions:
    1. What would you gain if you made the visit?
    2. What would you lose if you postponed/deferred the visit?
    3. Is there any other way to conduct this meeting without travelling?
  3. If you’re travelling from home to office or to the field – same as above. When in doubt speak to the meeting organiser and your reporting officer.
  4. If for any reason, you feel unsafe, do talk to your team and take a call to abstain or postpone that travel.

What are essential services?

  1. Community Health services 
  2. Alert, accident and Risk Management/ Mitigation actions only if a physical presence is mandatory. (example: someone needs help)
  3. Press Briefings when required.
  4. Activities where our community members’ livelihood, safety and is affected beyond a point where it cannot be deferred ( loans, daily wages, commodity procurement etc)
  5. At the event of personal emergencies to life or property such as health, safety issues and/or accidents. (please keep your RO informed) 

Everything Else is NON-ESSENTIAL

When in doubt kindly speak to your respective People Engagement Managers and/or your respective CEOs.

List of High Risk Medical Conditions

Underlying medical conditions may increase the risk of serious COVID-19 for individuals of any age. Please see this List (as issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Surveillance, USA).

  1. Blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell disease or on blood thinners)
  2. Chronic kidney disease as defined by your doctor. Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because kidney disease, or is under treatment for kidney disease, including receiving dialysis
  3. Chronic liver disease as defined by your doctor. (e.g., cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis) Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because liver disease or is under treatment for liver disease.
  4. Compromised immune system (immunosuppression) (e.g., seeing a doctor for cancer and treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation, received an organ or bone marrow transplant, taking high doses of corticosteroids or other immunosuppressant medications, HIV or AIDS)
  5. Current or recent pregnancy in the last two weeks
  6. Endocrine disorders (e.g., diabetes mellitus)
  7. Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
  8. Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)
  9. Lung disease including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis or emphysema) or other chronic conditions associated with impaired lung function or that require home oxygen
  10. Neurological and neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability, moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury].
  11. People over the age of 60 and under the age of 5 need to be particularly vigilant. 

 


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