The new Coronavirus and the situation in many countries imply more cautiousness and restrictions for reporters.
How to work in conditions of mass-spread health threats (currently – in conditions of the world-famous Coronavirus pandemic,) how to cover the existing situation without jeopardizing your own safety?
Media.am has put together a few tips for journalists on safe and effective work during pandemics, using the guides by Asian American Journalists association, Committee to protect journalists, Global Investigative Journalism Network and BBC.
∅ To minimize the risks of contracting a virus, a journalist with a strong health should cover the issue. Especially when it is essential to work in a hospital, with Coronavirus-positive patients, doctors or isolated persons. It is equally important not to get sick and not to get others sick.
∅ Use protective masks and gloves if working in or visiting an infected site, such as a medical treatment facility. Other medical protective equipment such as a bodysuit and a full face mask may also be necessary.
∅If you are operating in a health facility, market, or farm, never place your equipment on the floor. Always decontaminate equipment after visiting such places.
∅Stay at least 3 feet away from each other while working, whenever possible.
∅ Never eat or drink while touching any hospital item or animals.
∅ Always ensure your hands are washed with hot water and soap before, during, and after working in an affected area.
∅Avoid touching your face with your hands. Use your elbow or a tissue to cover your mouth and nose as you sneeze and then throw the tissue into a dustbin with an automatically-closing lid.
∅Most importantly, staying safe is primary, and no story is worth dying for. Contracting a virus or putting your life at risk is not about playing the hero but about creating a new problem for people around you.