Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronaviruses are important human and animal pathogens. At the end of 2019, a novel coronavirus was identified as the cause of a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, a city in the Hubei Province of China. It rapidly spread, resulting in an epidemic throughout China, followed by an increasing number of cases in other countries throughout the world. In February 2020, the World Health Organization designated the disease COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The virus that causes COVID-19 is designated severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

Preventing Exposures to Coronavirus

  • Diligent hand washing, particularly after touching surfaces in public. Use of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is a reasonable alternative, if the hands are not visibly dirty
  • Respiratory hygiene (covering the cough or sneeze)
  • Avoiding touching the face (in particular eyes, nose, and mouth). The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests that people not wear contact lenses, because they make people touch their eyes more frequently
  • Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are frequently touched
  • Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
  • Stay at home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell

CDES-TU’s Academic Exercises during the Pandemic

The approaches that the CDES-TU is taking to facilitate its academic activities during the pandemic includes, 

  • Online teaching and distance learning using online tools (Zoom/Google Meeting platforms)
  • Engagement with online assignments
  • Regular online meetings of the faculties and staff