Our response to the Coronavirus

ISL Coronavirus response (February 2020)

ISL closely monitors the coronavirus situation and follows directives from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). The health and wellbeing of our community is our first priority and we will continue to update community members on the school’s response. On this site you will find information for the ISL community (students, parents, staff and visitors) on the school’s response and actions we can all take to support a healthy school community.

Update 19 February 2020

According to Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), as of today, none of the samples taken in Switzerland have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. However, FOPH note that in Europe cases have been reported in France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Russia and Belgium, and that official figures probably do not show the whole picture.

Arrangements following the half term vacation

With a highly mobile community, we are aware that some parents or families may have travelled to areas that are classified or become classified as “affected areas.”  Consequently we ask all members of the community respect the following arrangements:

  • People having travelled – or with immediate family members who have travelled – to China during the February break are asked to self-exclude from school for a period of 14 days.
  • Similarly, people who have had – or with immediate family members who have had –  close contact with someone with a confirmed COVID-19 infection are asked to self-exclude from school for a period of 14 days.   “Close contact” means being at a distance of less than one metre for more than 15 minutes.

Please inform the school and school nurses of this self-exclusion.  If anyone in your family develops a fever during this time period, please contact your doctor immediately and follow their instructions.

Our current response level

Our risk matrix is attached here.  With confirmed cases in surrounding countries but not in Switzerland, our current risk assessment is 2 – moderate.  At this level all aspects of the school’s operations will continue to run as normal.  However, the cleaning of the campus has been enhanced and visitors to the campus are asked to declare if they have been in an affected area in the past 14 days.  Staff and students will continue to be made aware of the importance of effective handwashing.

Keeping safe

The World Health Organisation has issued advice to people on how to protect themselves and those around them from getting the disease.

Supporting members of our community

In our work with students we will emphasize our solidarity with affected people and our desire to provide any help and support we can.  These will be, after all, difficult times for people in our community who have family members living in high-risk areas.

 

Update 7 February

How serious is the coronavirus?

It is also currently unclear how high the mortality rate is for 2019-nCoV infection. The present assumption is that the mortality rate for 2019-nCoV-related illness is less than 3%. By way of comparison, the mortality rate for measles is around 0.1%, that for SARS was about 10%, and the rate for MERS is 35%.

 Our current response level

Access our risk matrix here. Our current risk assessment is 2 – moderate.  At this level, all aspects of the school’s operations will continue to run as normal.  However, the cleaning of the campus has been enhanced and visitors to the campus are asked to declare if they have been in an affected area in the past 14 days. Staff and students will be made aware of the importance of effective handwashing.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued advice to people on how to protect themselves and those around them from getting the disease.

Travel information

With a highly mobile community, and the February Break coming up, we are aware that some parents or families may have arranged to travel to areas that may be classified or become classified as “affected areas.”  We will follow FOPH guidelines in these cases, which currently are that a person developing symptoms of a respiratory infection within 14 days of travel should stay at home and contact a doctor or health care institution immediately. As people who have been in close contact with a laboratory-confirmed case are also liable to be infected by the virus – where “close contact” means a distance of less than one metre for more than 15 minutes – we will also ask members of staff, students, or parents living in the same household to stay at home.

Further information

FOPH (public):                 058 463 00 00

FOPH (travellers):            058 464 44 88

 

Websites:           WHO situation reports

Federal Office of Public Health updates

 

Travel advice:    www.safetravel.ch/.