Disasterreadiness

DRC Case Study - COVID 19 pandemic

(COVID-19 virus)

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new virus that reportedly started in Wuhan City in China in December 2019. It causes respiratory illness (like the flu), with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.

The disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. The virus can remain alive for up to 9 days on some surfaces.

As of February 2021 confirmed COVID 19 cases worldwide is at 109M people, with a death toll of 2.41M. 61.4M people have fully recovered.

DRC Case Study Learnings (using the 4 R's of Emergency Management):

Reduction:

– Download the NZ COVID Tracer app

– Thoroughly wash your hands for 20 seconds

– Cough or sneeze into your elbow

– Stay at home if feeling sick

– Clean surfaces with an antiviral disinfectant

– Follow alert level guidelines

Readiness:

– Know the symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath)

– Keep informed by visiting Ministry of Health website https://www.health.govt.nz

– Be prepared incase of another lockdown with food, medication, and things to do

– Have face masks available

– Have a work continuity plan in place

Response:

– If feeling sick, stay at home

– Self isolate

– Wear a facemask in public

– Call GP or Healthline 0800 611 116

– Rest

– Keep hydrated

– Eat well

Recovery:

– If confirmed to have the virus you must self isolate for at least 2 weeks

– Keep in communication with others by phone or internet

– Commence business continuity plan