The purpose of this topic is to assess the practicalities of ensuring the World Health Organisation guidelines are maintained when quarantine is being carried out at Cambridge Melchior College (CMC).
Students arriving from overseas travel into ports are taken by transfer to CMC where they are kept in quarantine for a period of 14 days
What are the hazards?
Students arriving at CMC show symptoms of Covid-19 during the 14 day quarantine.
Who might be infected?
Staff members, other students, and any family or friends that have been in contact with staff member during quarantine.
- Students need to be isolated in a single room with their own en-suite facilities
- Regular cleaning of surfaces and bathroom facilities
- CMC will need to socially distance at least 2m from the student during the isolation period with as little contact as possible
Extra controls required
To negate the risk of infecting anyone outside of CMC during quarantine, we would need to ask staff to isolate themselves for a period of 14 days with no outside contact with anyone during this time.
In the confines of CMC, quarantining is practical under WHO guidelines due to the physical make up of CMC for the following reasons:
- CMC is situated on a spacious, well ventilated campus building with around 3 acres of grounds where 2 metre distancing can be maintained
- Staff are fully prepared to self isolate themselves for the full 14 day quarantine
- Students can be separated and kept apart during quarantine. Meal times and activities can be staggered to allow for social distancing
- CMC also has a separate building which can be utilised for students who display symptoms of Covid-19