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COVID-19 Information for Campus Residents

Guidelines for residents, faculty, staff and families etc.

Dear Campus residents,

We are in a lockdown situation till Apr 14, and the situation beyond also looks uncertain (Virus only knows when normalcy will return!). In an emergency meeting of the Deans and some of the other fundtionaries of the Institute, the following decisions have been taken for managing the day-to-day activities of the campus. These arrangements are based on the situation prevailing today, and may change depending on how the situation evolves. We shall keep you updated. 

All are requested to note and co-operate.

1. Supplies of essential goods (vegetables, groceries, etc): Please plan to order these in. Some shops in the Powai area seem to be taking orders for delivery, and other e-tailers are also coming on line. The delivery agents may be stopped at the Gate and you may get a call requesting for authentication by the security. Based on your authentication, the delivery agent will be allowed to deliver the things you have ordered, to your home. If there is no payment to be made to the delivery agent and if it is convenient for you to collect the materials at the gate itself without the delivery agent having to come inside, please advise the security accordingly and collect your materials at the gate. 

2.  The essential services in the Y-point market are remaining open. Please make sure to avoid crowding when you visit these shops. The security section has made markings at 3 ft intervals near the shops for maintaining adequate person-to-person separation.

3.  The vegetable market on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Staff canteen will continue to function. The same advisory on maintaining inter-person distance applies. We are trying to make similar arrangements for other supplies, and you will be informed in due course about the success of such attempts.

4. As already advised, please discontinue your domestic help, cook etc (especially if coming from off campus, or if going off campus to work in places outside) for this period by giving a kind of paid leave. Caregivers coming for providing medical care to the elderly are exempted. The Security section will provide special passes for them, on your recommendation.

5. Please do not encourage social visits during this period. Also avoid congregating in the common areas of your buildings in the evening hours. Children have to be made aware of the seiousness of the situation and prevented from gathering for games or other diversions during this period.

Phone numbers of General services near campus for information:

  • Chhadwa stores: 022-25787845
  • Aruna Grain Stores: 022-25782323
  • Maharashtra Grain Stores: 022-25782137

Phone numbers of Technicians for small repairs at home:

  • Mr. Sunil Kalambate (for Electrical and home  appliances to good extend) related work: 9969757304
  • Mr. Abhishek Giri (for Electrical work): 9869541961
  • Mr. Badsha Raut (for AC related work): 9819124309
  • Mr. Ganesh Ubhe (for automobile and other vehicle  repairs): 9892185611

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APRIL 20, 2020: TELEMEDICINE SERVICES AT IIT BOMBAY  HOSPITAL LAUNCHED 

The telemedicine service will be available for the duration of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. It can be utilized for consultation with visiting specialists or medical officers associated with IITB hospital.

A. Specialist Consultation:

    • It will be available from 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 5pm on working days only

    • To avail the facility, the patient requesting specialist consultation, will call Helpline number: 02245811236 or +912245811236

    • A medical officer equipped with mobile phone with tele- medicine app having tele-conference and WhatsApp facility will call back.

    • He/she will obtain details required for evaluation and add the specialist in conference

    • Prescription and clinical notes as per the Specialist’s advice will be generated by the medical officer

    • The prescription and notes will be sent to the patient by WhatsApp or, if the patient wants to collect medicines from IITB hospital pharmacy, it will be given to the pharmacy

    • The patient can purchase medicines from outside and claim reimbursement (as per rules) or collect them from IITB hospital Pharmacy. 

    • If the patient needs to  visit a hospital, he will be advised accordingly and a reference will be sent  to  him through WhatsApp.

B. Medical Officer Consultation:

    • It will be available from 9 am to 5pm on working days only

    • The patient can dial 7051/ 7053 or 022 25767051/ 022 25767053 from internal phone line or mobile respectively

    • He will be connected to a medical officer or a part-time doctor on duty.

    • The patient can consult and have his prescription  on WhatsApp  or delivered to IITB  hospital Pharmacy,  depending on  his choice.

The tele-medicine App is designe by  Prof. Kameswari Chebrolu,  Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay.

The approved reimbursement policy  for buying medicines are given in the  linked here.

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APRIL 25, 2020: FAQ'S FROM IIT HOSPITAL

Should I wear gloves while going outside to protect myself against COVID?

No. Your gloves can get contaminated and then if you touch your face, you may still get infected. WHO does not recommend the routine use of gloves. Gloves may give you a false sense of security. Unnecessary use of gloves will generate lots of waste!

So what  should I do?

1. Wash your hands! Washing your bare hands thoroughly soap and water is enough. Wash your hands multiple times in the day especially after coming home from outside and after handling things that you buy from outside.

2. Avoid touching your face. Wear a cloth mask and eye glasses when  you go out.                                                                                                          

                       

How should I clean and disinfect surfaces at home?

Continue cleaning your house like before.

                          

Consider putting a wipable  cover for your mobile phones. Use an alcohol wipe containing 70% alcohol to wipe your mobile phone.

You need to disinfect surfaces with extra care only if there is someone sick at home.

High touch surfaces include tables, door knobs, handles, phone, taps, toilets, sinks etc. Do not clean electric switches with soapy water/ alcohol. Clean surfaces with soap and water. Disinfect surfaces with household disinfectants/ diluted household bleach solutions. Follow manufacturers instructions to ensure safe and effective use. Do not  touch bleach with  bare hands. Use reusable gloves. Wash your  hands thoroughly with soap  and water after cleaning/ disinfecting.

How should I clean my mask and clothes?

Cloth masks and clothes should be washed with detergent as usual. Disposable masks are not meant for reuse.

How should I clean clothes of a person who is sick?

Clothes of a person who is  sick can be washed with other people’s clothes. Don’t shake dirty laundry. A person who is sick can put used clothes/ linen directly into the washing machine or into a bucket of water with detergent before you hand wash them. Wash your hands after doing laundry.

How  should I handle groceries, vegetable and fruits?

Place all your purchases in one place when you return home and wash hands. Put your cloth bags for washing or discard your disposable bags appropriately. Separate your purchases into vegetables/ fruits, boxed/ packaged items, meat/ fish/ eggs.

Wash vegetables and fruits thoroughly  with tap water and dry  them before storing. Do not use soap/ bleach. Ones that cannot be washed before storing (eg. Onions) may be kept as they are in a separate place. Wash thoroughly with tap water before cooking/ eating.

Remove and dispose appropriately the outer cardboard or plastic packaging of other groceries and store the contents as usual. If you need to store these with the outer packaging, you may wipe  the surface with soapy  water.

Eggs and packets of frozen meat/ fish can be washed with soapy water. Fresh meat/ fish should be washed and refrigerated/ frozen within 1 hour of purchase. Frozen meat should be thawed in the fridge or in cold water or in the microwave but not at room temperature.

After putting your groceries away, wipe the surface with soapy water and wash your hands. Remember, there is no evidence of COVID being transmitted through food or food packaging. The virus will not actively multiply on surfaces and will die in a few days. Cooking will kill COVID and almost all other germs.

How should I handle coins and bank notes?

Wash your hands with soap and water after toughing coins or banknotes. Avoid touching your face while handling cash. You could use cashless transactions whenever possible. 

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TIPS TO CAMPUS RESIDENTS ON PROCUREMENT OF ESSENTIAL GOODS:

A committee, convened by Associate Dean Prof. N.N. Vishwanathan, has been constituted to  constantly monitor the  situation with regard to supply of  essential to  the  campus  community, taking  in view of developments inside and outside  the campus. Any  residents with suggestions  may please email thesame to the convener on .

As of now the following options  are available for fruits and vegetables, groceries and other essentials. This information will be updated as and when more options become available.

1. Online Options:

i) DMart (Only group orders are accepted)

ii) Amazon (is delivering groceries to the campus)

iii) Paytm Grocery

2. IIT Shopping area at Y-Point: The vegetable shop (Shree Sai Fruits and Vegetables shop) and grocery story (Maharashtra Grain store) are open and usually reasonably  well stocked as of now.

3. BI_Weekly Fruit/ Veggies Market: A fruit and vegetable market is held in the Staff Canteen area on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2 pm to 8 pm and is managed by the Consumers' Co-op Siciety of IIT Bombay.

4. Market area outside IIT: Vendors such as Chhadva stores, Rakesh Fruits and Vegetables, Powai Grain store etc. are taking orders through  WhatsApp and inform the customers one their order is ready for pick up. The order has usually to be picked up at the stores.

- Chhadva stores  Whatsapp messaging number: 9820722996. 

One can also go physically after 11.00 am and give a list of items and then collect it in the evening. 

- Chakki Fresh Aata can be ordered at 08655304040 (The shop is in chetan Nagar). The delivery is on the Main Gate

- Rakesh Fruits and Vegetables: 9920656818

- Powai Grain Stores: need to go directly  to  buy  items

- Online shopping source: dunzo (http://www.dunzo.com/) - delivers apparently fast

MARCH 19, 2020 | IITB GUIDELINES ON HOME QUARANTINE

  1. Guidelines for home quarantine given by Govt of India were shared earlier: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/DraftGuidelinesforhomequarantine.pdf.  These should be followed strictly. People in home quarantine should strictly not leave the house.

  2. Household help (maids/cleaners/cooks etc) should not be allowed to enter houses where someone is in home quar ntine. Building residents should be aware of who is home quarantined, and educate household help of this rule and t e risks of not following it.

  3. The no-help policy should also be applied as a safety measure in any house where someone is sick (fever, sore thr at, cough, cold, diarrhoea, nausea, tiredness, etc), unless COVID can conclusively be ruled out.

  4. Unless absolutely necessary, it is good to stop household help from coming to work during this period in general, f such help is coming from outside the campus, or if such help is also working is houses outside the campus. In any ase, building residents should instruct household help and building cleaners to not come to work if they are feeling e en slightly sick (fever, sore throat, cough, cold, diarrhoea, nausea, tiredness etc), and to not work in any house where there is a sick person.

  5. Residents of houses with quarantined people should minimize contact with the outside world, including with deli ery people, making payments online as far as possible.

  6. Do treat quarantined neighbours with empathy. Please help them in whatever way possible without risking your o n safety. E.g. food can be cooked in neighbours' houses and supplied in disposable containers without physical cont ct, purchases can be made and delivered at home so they do not have to go out, etc.

Stay safe and healthy!