LBS COVID-19 Information

Dean’s Message

The spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) across countries of the world has resulted in nearly 350,000 cases in at least 192 countries and has increasingly become a cause for global concern. Although we have recorded 30 cases and zero deaths here in Nigeria; safety is of utmost priority thus I am providing details on the measures Lagos Business School (LBS) is taking to ensure our staff and students are safe.

Our immediate response to news of the outbreak was to constitute a team that developed a school-wide plan to urgently tackle the situation within our community. The Response Team has created short-, medium-, and long-term plans detailing safety measures to be implemented if the situation escalates.

For our MBA programmes, we have temporarily suspended face-to-face classes and have moved current modules to our online platform. All events within LBS that involve incoming visitors, visiting professors and external partners from World Health Organisation listed hotspot countries have been postponed until further notice. Staff have been provided with virtual tools to enable remote work if the need arises and to sustain team connectivity despite the distance.

We urge everyone to practise social distancing among other preventive measures. Please remember that now is not the time to panic; keep abreast of accurate information as provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other trusted agencies.

LBS RESPONSE MEASURES

The LBS Coronavirus Response Team is closely monitoring the unfolding global and domestic situation in regard to the spread of COVID-19. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared this outbreak a pandemic, therefore it is necessary that the School updates relevant policies (e.g. travel policy, self-quarantine guideline, staff working from home policy, online classes/webinar policy, etc.) in response to this rapidly evolving situation. The safety of our staff, students, participants and visitors is paramount and LBS is keen that this is not compromised. All staff members and students are hereby advised that all international trips are postponed until further notice. This affects among others, trips to conferences, workshops and trainings that had been scheduled unless Management revises this precautionary measure of prudence.  

Please note that: 

  1. Our commitment to providing quality management education to our participants is unwavering thus teaching and learning activities, although have been suspended physically, will continue online for some of our programmes.
  2. Staff and students returning recently from World Health Organisation declared hotspot countries or have been exposed to someone from those countries should liaise with the LBS Coronavirus Response Team via the Hotline Numbers below for guidance on protocols for self-quarantine and other relevant information through:

    Hotline 1 (LBS Nurse) – 0902 281 3060
    Hotline 2 (HR Officer) – 0803 091 3186
  3. All events within LBS that involve incoming visitors, visiting professors and external partners from World Health Organisation listed hotspot countries should be postponed until further notice. The link attached contains real-time information from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the COVID-19 spread. 

             LIVE Updates

From individual to collective measures, everyone can cooperate to mitigate the risk so that the world can prevent this becoming a prolonged tragedy. To this end, LBS has instituted the following further measures: 

  1. Our Facility Team consistently disinfects door handles, handrails, and classroom tabletops.
  2. Temperature Checks are carried out at the external security gate.
  3. The School has suspended face-to-face classes and in an extreme case, where the outbreak worsens, the School will review the situation and advise next steps.   
  4. A pre-agreed arrangement has been made with one of our HMO representatives for the provision of ambulance services and also with Christyl Hospital, Sangotedo where any suspicious cases/symptoms identified by the School will be referred to for further investigation.  
  5. We will maintain communication with all members of our community and provide relevant updates as the situation changes.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  • Who is COVID-19?

    COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

  • 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.

  • How does COVID-19 spread?

    People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.

    WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings.    

  • Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be transmitted through the air?

    Studies to date suggest that the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air.  See previous answer on “How does COVID-19 spread?

  • 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.  WHO is assessing ongoing research on the period of transmission of COVID-19 and will continue to share updated findings.  

  • Can I catch COVID-19 from the feces of someone with the disease?

    The risk of catching COVID-19 from the feces of an infected person appears to be low. While initial investigations suggest the virus may be present in feces in some cases, spread through this route is not a main feature of the outbreak. WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share new findings. Because this is a risk, however, it is another reason to clean hands regularly, after using the bathroom and before eating. 

    What can I do to prevent myself from COVID-19?

    Protection measures for everyone

    Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.

    You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

    • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
      Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
    • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
      Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
      Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
    • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
      Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
    • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
      Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
    • Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places  – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
      Why? You have a higher chance of catching COVID-19 in one of these areas.
  • Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading

    • Follow the guidance outlined above (Protection measures for everyone)
    • Self-isolate by staying at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache, low grade fever (37.3 C or above) and slight runny nose, until you recover. If it is essential for you to have someone bring you supplies or to go out, e.g. to buy food, then wear a mask to avoid infecting other people.
      Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
    • If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers.
      Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

     

  • 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. WHO publishes daily updates on the COVID-19 situation worldwide.

    You can see these at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/

     

  • Who is at risk of developing severe illness?

    While we are still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others. 

  • Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?

    Not yet. To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. However, those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People with serious illness should be hospitalized. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care.

    Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19.

    The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue, and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing. (See Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus).

     

  • Is there anything I should not do?

    The following measures ARE NOT effective against COVID-19 and can be harmful:

    • Smoking
    • Wearing multiple masks
    • Taking antibiotics (See question 10 “Are there any medicines of therapies that can prevent or cure COVID-19?“)

    In any case, if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early to reduce the risk of developing a more severe infection and be sure to share your recent travel history with your health care provider.

    Source: World Health Organisation

  • What will happen to the current and new LBS programmes?

    The safety and well-being of the community is our top priority.
    We have improved all our eLearning platforms that would provide a rich learning experience for current and new participants.

    Kindly contact the Managers for further queries on the new arrangements:
    Open Seminars | Executive Programmes
    Vivian Akere
    Key Account Manager
    +234-708 609 5194
    vakere@lbs.edu.ng

    Efosa Ajorgbor
    Key Account Manager
    +234-701 990 07552
    eajorgbor@lbs.edu.ng

    Benjamin Eliezer
    Key Account Manager
    +234-808 672 6686
    beliezer@lbs.edu.ng

    Custom Programmes
    Christiana Anukam
    Officer, Custom Executive Education
    +234-708 007 0550

    LBS Executive Education Department
    Segun Thomas
    Reservations/Additional information Desk
    +234-07019900749
    sthomas@lbs.edu.ng

    MBA Department
    Ifeanyi Ajaebili
    Marketing Manager, MBA Programmes
    +2347080070527; +234-8025014623-4; 08058048473