GITAM (Deemed to be University)

COVID-19


Dear Students/Parents,

I am writing to you the details of GITAM’s response to the Corona Virus crisis. We stand with you and the community at large to learn as much as possible about the impact of this emergency on us, our friends and family and the society we live and work in. GITAM is alert and prepared.

In our effort to balance the imperatives of continuing our work to the maximum possible extent and keeping our community healthy, we have initiated certain procedures including preparation of GITAM hospital to handle isolation referral of COVID-19 suspected cases, suspending certain operations, spreading awareness on hygiene and the need for voluntary reporting of sickness. As our very valued stakeholders, your perspective is of immense significance for us and we welcome your collaboration and suggestions on this onerous situation. Please be reassured that we have some of the best minds of GITAM on the job of preparing to handle this public health emergency.

GITAM is committed to the on-going updates to its community and its extended family. There are no reported cases of COVID-19 among faculty, staff and students at this moment. GITAM Institute of Medical Science and Research is continuing the surveillance in its campuses to call for medical assistance who develop symptoms of cold, cough, fever and shortness of breath. GITAM is prepared to move its students and staff who are ill into isolation. The cleaning of vulnerable common areas and surfaces of recurring contact at regular intervals with disinfectants is in progress.

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. GITAM had instructed all its constituent institutions across campuses to postpone or cancel events being hosted by them involving more than 200 participants, between 14th and 31st march, 2020.

Before signing off, I wish to personally reassure everyone that we will do our very best to support our students and community. We constantly remind them of the resources available on campus and have processes in place to connect them to medical and psychological services. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely

Prof. K. Siva Rama Krishna
Vice-Chancellor

1st April 2020

Exams scheduled in may are postponed due to present corona pandemic. Exact dates will be intimated later-Centre for Distance Learning(CDL)


1st April 2020

To assist running business-as-usual from home for faculty and staff, we established an IVR service for frequently needed services to work from home

Call Phone # 0891-2866-440

  • Press 1, for online classes, video conferencing and GITAM network connectivity requirements
  • Press 2, for your G-Staff, online leaves evaluation and HRMS requirements
  • Press 3, for your online payments, receipts, fee reconciliation requirements
  • Press 4, for student, staff and parents SMS broadcasting services, emergency ID card services
  • Press 5, for admissions landing pages, posting notifications on website, and other website services
  • Press 0, for all other requirements

The service desk is open for business as usual. While we are striving to serve all tickets, there may be a delay in few services that requires our physical commute.


25th March 2020

As per the Order No. 40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 24 March 2020, Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, the University comply with 21 days Lockdown from 25 March 2020. Click for more information


17th March 2020

As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India instructions and advice for prevention and management of COVID-19, the class work for students in all constituent institutes of GITAM Deemed to be University, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Bengaluru campuses has been cancelled till 31st March 2020, with immediate effect without any prejudice to conduct of external examinations or any urgent works, if any.


14th March 2020

Students are permitted to stay at home if they develop fever, cough and cold, till symptoms subside.


13th March 2020

Staff are not required to give their biometry. Instead, they are requested to sign the attendance register.

GITAM Bengaluru campus will remain closed for students effective from Saturday, 14th March 2020 to Sunday 22nd March 2020 as per directions of Government of Karnataka. Any Examinations scheduled during this period is postponed and the dates will be announced later.

What is COVID-19, also called novel coronavirus?

Novel coronavirus is a new respiratory virus that causes the disease COVID-19. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019.

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that typically cause mild respiratory infections, although they can result in more severe disease, as seen in past years with SARS and MERS. This “novel coronavirus” is a strain that had previously not been found in humans, and its health impact is currently being closely monitored internationally, nationally, and locally, by the World Health Organization (WHO) .

What are the symptoms of the virus?

  • The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.
  • Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.
  • Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

How does the virus spread?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that commonly circulate in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses have infected people, such as with MERS and SARS.

The incubation period, or the time from which someone is exposed to their onset of symptoms, is most commonly reported to be in the 2-7 day range, but may range up to 14 days for COVID-19. This means that it could take up to 10-14 days for someone to exhibit symptoms after they are infected.

Person-to-person spread is the primary source of transmission. Based upon available information, it appears that close contact with respiratory droplets from someone who is symptomatic (fever, cough) is the main source for transmission. It also appears that those who are infected may shed the virus through their bowel movements. Information about transmission is evolving and is being closely investigated by WHO.

Recent data reports that at least a subset of cases may be contagious 1-2 days prior to symptom onset, although it is believed the degree of transmission is highest when someone has symptoms. It also appears that those who are infected can spread the virus through their feces/stool/bowel movements. Information about transmission is evolving and is being closely investigated by WHO.

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbours, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
  • Seek medical advice. Call ahead before visiting a healthcare provider. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.