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.
Prof. K. Siva Rama Krishna
Exams scheduled in may are postponed due to present corona pandemic. Exact dates will be intimated later-Centre for Distance Learning(CDL)
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
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.
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
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.
Students are permitted to stay at home if they develop fever, cough and cold, till symptoms subside.
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.
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) .
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.