Novel Coronavirus FAQ for NOSM UME Students
What infection control measures can I follow to reduce the risk of transmission or becoming infected with 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?
- You must always practice consistent hand hygiene
- Use an appropriate consistent technique for properly gowning, gloving and mask fitting, as well as removal when leaving a patient care encounter
- Use the N95 respirator/mask as per the hospital policy
- Always use the correct N95 mask as per your mask fitting
I have been in China within the last two weeks. What should I do?
I have developed a respiratory tract infection e.g. sore throat, shortness of breath. What should I do?
I am told by my clinical teacher/preceptor or another healthcare worker that the patient I am to interact with has a presumed or confirmed coronavirus infection. What should I do?
For all students in any year of the program, you should not participate in any assessment, treatment or follow-up care of a patient who has any declared risk of being infected with the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Such patient encounters are above your level of expertise at this stage of your medical training.
You are asked not to participate in any aspect of the care of any patient who falls into the following categories of patient care exposure:
- Person under Investigation for 2019-nCoV
- Probable Case for 2019-nCoV
- Presumptive Confirmed Case for 2019-nCoV
- Confirmed Case for 2019-nCoV
During my patient contact, if I identify a patient who fits the categories (1-4) as outlined above, what should I do?
If there are patients in our care team who may have a risk of 2019-nCoV, can I still continue in clinical learning?
I want to volunteer to provide care to patients who fits the categories (1-4) above. Can I do this?
Neither I, nor the patient I am to interact with, fits the categories (1-4) above but I think the situation in the hospital is a risk to my safety. What should I do?
I have or will miss a lot of school due to this situation. What should I do?
I have been told by my clinical site that I must leave or that I cannot attend. What should I do?