Dear ISD Community,
While we have moved to online learning, please know that I am still here to support you and be a source of information for you. I will continue to post relevant information about COVID-19 both in Senegal and globally, as well as general health information to help us all stay safe and healthy during this time. It may be factual, it may be fun, and I will try to alternate topics to be geared towards parents as well as both younger students and our more mature students.
Information will be available in the Jag Journal, or you may reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. I will also be available during online office hours via Zoom on Mondays and Thursdays from 11am - 12pm (except for Monday, April 20th due to a prior appointment conflict). If these office hours don’t work for your schedule you can email me to make a Zoom appointment at a different time. (Please email me for the Zoom link and password for my office hours.)
Masks and Cloth Face Coverings
Currently, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). Please remember that it is still very important to make every attempt to maintain 6-feet social distancing measures as best as possible, even when wearing a mask. The CDC is advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings can be made at home from common materials. They should not be worn by children under 2 years of age and should be laundered regularly between uses. Here is the CDC information sheet.
If you are here in Senegal, beginning Monday, April 20th per the President’s State of Emergency order, it will be mandatory for everyone to wear a mask when in the following places:
- All public administration services
- Private sector services
- Places of business
- Modes of transportation
The order does not specify wearing a mask when in open-air public spaces, such as our neighborhood, though you may choose to do so. Fortunately, there are many options for obtaining cloth masks for all ages here in the Dakar area. Here are some local sources for cloth masks:
If you receive Club Kossam products for delivery, you can order barrier masks under their Hygiene / Body Care department.
Ousmane Diallo: Cell 77 487 7237
Please see this diagram which illustrates the benefit of wearing masks to slow the spread of COVID-19:
Please reach out to me if I can be of help to you and your family right now!
Cheers to your health,