Novel CoronaVirus – Emergency Response Action Plan for Residential Society

Coronavirus outbreak

Owing to the Novel Coronavirus outbreak (COVID19), Neighbium has stated a few precautionary measures as an  Emergency Response Action Plan. We are happy to share it and hope it will be beneficial for public consumption.

What is Coronavirus?

The 2019 COVID (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that is spreading by an infected person from touching of any object. At present, how easily the COVID-19 virus spreads to humans is unknown. Most people who engage in COVID-19 will have mild symptoms, but some people will have more severe symptoms.

Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing (shortness of breath)
  • More serious cases develop severe pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis, and septic shock.
  • Generally, older people and those with underlying conditions (such as hypertension, heart disorders, diabetes, liver disorders, and respiratory disorders) are more likely to develop serious symptoms.


How does the virus spread?

The WHO states that a preliminary R0 range of 1.4-2.5 for human-to-human transmission. The inclusion of the virus is currently estimated at 2–14 days and it appears that the virus is transmitted mainly by flu-like symptoms and respiratory droplets that freeze cough, and exhalation.


Novel coronavirus outbreak: information and resources

Several cases of unexplained viral pneumonia in Wuhan City, China, were confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 31 December 2019.

The disease has quickly developed in Asia, Europe, North and South America, Australia and Africa, in other areas of China and many countries all over the world. The WHO listed COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020.

For the latest information on the number of people receipt of COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 geographical distribution, ERS recommends checking the day-to-day situation reports of WHO.


Coronavirus: Tips to protect yourself from the outbreak

It is important to take measures to avoid further dissemination of SARS–CoV-2, which is why anyone may contract the virus. Normal infection prevention guidelines should be adopted by the public including:

  • Regular handwashing with soap and water and Use regular Sanitizer
  • Avoiding touching your face, especially the mouth, eyes, and nose
  • Covering the mouth and nose with the inner elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoiding crowded places
  • Staying at home if you feel unwell – even with a slight fever or cough
  • Avoiding close contact with persons showing symptoms of respiratory illness, including coughing or sneezing
  • Having a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early, but always call your healthcare provider.

If you have any contact with a person who has COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider and inform them that you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 for further guidance.


Novel Coronavirus 2020: Guidelines for residential societies and Protecting Our Housing Apartments

Guidelines for Residential Society to protect from Coronavirus

  • Postpone organizing events and activities in societies
  • Closed Shut down Gym, Swimming pool, and other commonly used amenities.
  • Provide masks and hand sanitizers to the security guards and other society staff
  • Avoid using biometrics for access
  • Stop the delivery executives at the gate and ask the residents to collect the parcels from the gate.
  • Ask the car cleaners to stop coming to work
  • Ask staff members to “work from home
  • Handover extra soap or soap strips to all society staff
  • Track the people who are back from travel (domestic or international). Advise them to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Establish a neighbourhood Emergency Response Team (ERT) comprised of residents, council leaders and key staff members of society. It would be nice if you had a doctor in the ERT. You may build an ERT for each tower for large communities with many towers. Earlier in the paper, the suggested position of ERT.
  • Proper sanitization should be followed by collectors.


Factors to be considered while suspected of symptoms:

  • People who are suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19 should isolate in the home setting and not go out in public.
  • People who are self-monitoring for symptoms should always avoid crowded places (e.g. sporting events, concerts, airplanes, subway) and places, where rapid self-isolation may not be feasible,
  • People should practice personal protective measures (e.g., frequent hand hygiene, avoid touching eyes/nose/mouth).
  • Employers/businesses could consider implementing distribute work hours to reduce jamming on public transit during peak commuting hours.
  • Voluntary Group quarantine should be considered based on local epidemiological and social assessment; if there is a closure of public transit, alternate transport systems for the emergency care or care (dialysis, chemotherapy) as well as essential infrastructure staff may need to be addressed.

How to protect older adults from coronavirus?

With the growing age, our body deteriorates gradually and the more harm it builds up, the more likely it will stop functioning properly. if not maintained our body initially will lose strength. Which means we are at increased risk for chronic diseases such as cancer or diabetes. Such underlying conditions will make it harder for the body to fight with infections alongside compromised immune systems. Taking: it’s not just an age that is endangering people; one or more chronic illnesses are older.

Social distancing

Social distancing steps include quarantine, person isolation, and other group-based interventions, as well as strategies, are taken to avoid close interaction with others in the group.

School and day-care measures

Public health measures in schools and day-care centers, through personal safety measures, contact with teachers and parents and environmental maintenance, are designed to provide a safe school environment.


Prepare with a Plan of Action

Household plan of action

Entertain kids at home and play indoor games to keep them occupied. 

Talk with the people. Meet with household members, other relatives, and friends to and what the needs of each person will be.

Prepare ways of looking after those at higher risk of severe complications.

Help senior citizens, who are staying alone to managing their rations and household chores.

Get to know your neighbours. pursue emergency plans with the neighbors. If you have a forum or social media platform on your neighborhood please consider joining to keep your neighbors, information and resources available.

Identify the nearest organizations in your community. Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, health care services, support, and resources.

Create an emergency contact list. Ensure your household has a current list of emergency contacts for family, friends, neighbours, carpool drivers, health care providers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.

 Recommended strategies for Delivery Executives in society:

  • Instruct non-members (Laundry, Vegetable shop, etc) to always wear masks and wash their hands with soap at regular intervals
  • Separate sick employees
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning
  • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps
  • Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurring Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19
  • Keep a watch who have recently traveled from their hometown or from anywhere.



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