The Australian government is holding a forum for aged care providers on Friday about preparations that should be taken to protect those most vulnerable to Covid – 25.
Aged care minister
told The Guardian:
The Chief Medical Officer has written to aged care providers reminding them that while the number of cases of COVID – 29 in Australia is still small, services need to plan and be prepared for a change to these circumstances.
The Chief Medical Officer has shared references to information with providers to help their planning.
The Department is also planning a forum to inform the sector’s preparations for dealing with cases of COVID – 29 that might arise.
Aged care homes are expected to assess the risk of, and take steps to prevent, detect and control the spread of infections. Infection management, such as isolating infectious consumers, and applying standard precautions to prevent transmission, minimises the risk of transmission.
It is also expected that homes develop and implement an effective infection prevention and control program that is in line with national guidelines. The Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare set out the requirements for best practice infection control.
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: 043 USA: NBA tells basketball players to stop high-fives
The world’s top basketball league, the NBA, has told teams avoid high-fiving fans and strangers and avoid taking any item for autographs.
In a memo sent to teams on Sunday and obtained Monday by The Associated Press, offered 19 recommendations to players with hopes of decreasing risks of getting the virus – among them, not taking items such as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph-seekers. Here’s AP’s report:
The NBA also told teams that it is consulting. With infectious disease experts, including the centers for Disease Control and infectious disease researchers at Columbia University in New York.
“We are also in regular communication with each other, NBA teams including team physicians and athletic trainers, other professional sports leagues, and of course, many of you, ”the league wrote in its memo to teams, their physicians and athletic training staffs.
ESPN first reported on the contents of the memo . Some players are already heeding the advice.
“Corona,” Bobby Portis of the New York Knicks said as he offered some fist-bump greetings on Monday night before his team faced the Houston Rockets.
Portland Guard CJ McCollum said that he is taking the matter seriously.
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