COVID-19 is the name for the disease from the new Coronavirus. It has been spreading in the world and we are all following the news and advice. If you are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading or have not travelled from an area where COVID-19 is spreading or have not been in contact with an infected patient, your risk of infection is low.
We know that we have our first cases in South Africa, all related to travel to high risk parts of the world. The risk to our campus and offices remains low. We aim to keep it this way with a very focused response of cleaning, safe practices, information and education.
It’s critical that we keep clear and calm heads, and see the risk for what it is. Panic and alarmist reactions with sensationalist and poor advice will make matters worse.
We at Henley Africa benefit from having strong support from our parent institutions, the University of Reading and Henley Business School in the UK. They have a Major Incident Team (MIT) communicating info and good practice, keeping abreast of changes. At Henley Africa we have a COVID-19 Action Team (CAT) doing the same as MIT. We are using the WHO advice and our South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID) as our gold standard.