Coronavirus (COVID-19) and CSC’s response

Countries around the world, including India, are working to contain the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This website contains useful FAQs and resources for students. It’s being updated regularly following advice from government and other statutory authorities.

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India & Govt. of Karnataka are leading the coordinated response to COVID-19. Campus Students Communities (CSC) continues to take direction from the local administration and regulatory authorities as we plan and consider next steps.

We encourage you to visit the website for the latest information on:

  • Self-isolating and self-monitoring
  • What to do if you develop symptoms of COVID-19
  • How to self-isolate if you live with others
  • How to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • What to do if you’re returning from travel outside of India

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare can be reached 24*7 at +91 11-23978046 or for any COVID related response.


Your questions answered

Below are a list of questions and answers to help you understand your role in helping prevent the spread of illness on our campuses and learning sites.

What precautions can I take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections?

The advice from health agencies is:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your eyes/nose/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill to avoid spreading the illness to others.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with an infection.
  • If you are ill, have symptoms of flu like a fever or cough, you should stay home.

You can also download and display the following posters in your classroom or workspace:

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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

Can CoVID-19 be caught from a person who has no symptoms?

The main way the disease spreads is through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms at all is very low. However, many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. This is particularly true at the early stages of the disease. It is therefore possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill.

How likely am I to catch COVID-19?

The risk depends on where you are - and more specifically, whether there is a COVID-19 outbreak unfolding there.

For most people in most locations the risk of catching COVID-19 is still low. However, there are now places around the world (cities or areas) where the disease is spreading. For people living in, or visiting, these areas the risk of catching COVID-19 is higher. Governments and health authorities are taking vigorous action every time a new case of COVID-19 is identified. Be sure to comply with any local restrictions on travel, movement or large gatherings. Cooperating with disease control efforts will reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19.

COVID-19 outbreaks can be contained and transmission stopped, as has been shown in China and some other countries. Unfortunately, new outbreaks can emerge rapidly. It’s important to be aware of the situation where you are or intend to go.

What is CSC doing to minimize the risk of infection?

CSC has senior-level committees working to develop plans and responses to the evolving situation. We regularly consult with the government authorities on how to detect and mitigate any potential cases on our campuses. We have appropriate measures in place, in the event that we are presented with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

To lower the risk from our campus environment:

  • Routine cleaning is scheduled daily and follows industry cleaning standards, which are a blended approach designed to manage risk.
  • We have posted information to remind people of how to reduce the spread of infections and continue to monitor and refill our current hand sanitizer stations located in the main entrances.
  • We are encouraging all campus users to follow the best practices in self-care being shared by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India & Govt. of Karnataka.

Is CSC distributing masks for people to wear to prevent the spread of infection on our campuses?

CSC is not distributing masks. Students of our community must opt to wear masks, and we fully support their right to do so. We ask the community to be respectful of students who choose to wear masks.

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