09 March 2020 – Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education issue advisory on COVID-19 prevention in schools

Type of Intervention: Advisory
Sectors Involved: Education, Health
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health

Implementation of the intervention is leading by: Governors, Mayors and Secretaries of Education of Vertified Territorial Entities, Rectors or Directors of Educational Institutions.

Overview: Target audience: public and private schools and universities.

Recommendations for the prevention, management, and control of acute infection with the new Coronavirus in the educational setting.

To prevent the disease, avoid contagion or decrease the spread of acute respiratory infections, educational institutions, as the circular reads, should implement routines of frequent handwashing with soap and water, this reduces the possibility of having 50% the illness. It is also advisable to avoid contact or handshake or kiss to people with the flu or cough.

Another recommendation is that when you sneeze or cough you should cover your nose and mouth with your forearm or use a disposable tissue and clean your hands afterward. In children over 3 years of age, from the beginning of their respiratory symptoms, they should wear face masks and, if possible, not attend classes so as not to expose the other children and allow better care at home. It is also important to check that the complete vaccination schedules are maintained according to age.

For the identification of cases of COVID-19 in the educational setting, it is recommended to identify the influenza or respiratory symptoms in a child. young or adult, this is the presence of fever, cough, sore throat, or respiratory distress. Given this, the educational institution should inquire if it has a travel history in the last 14 days where there is active circulation of the virus or if it has been in close contact with a positive case of COVID-19.
Full details here: https://www.mineducacion.gov.co/1759/articles-393687_documento_pdf.pdf

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report)
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – academic, National – government
Evidence/Justification: According to the epidemiological information of Colombia, Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI), presents each year two large increases in cases that occur in the same period of increased rainfall in the country, in the first period occurs between the months of March and June, and the second peak and milder than the first occurs between the months of September to December.

COVID-19 causes acute respiratory diseases that can be mild, moderate or severe, ARI is recognized as a cause of consultation in children under 5 years old and adults over 65 years old.