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Concerned about the health of the entire community, ISPGAYA always seeks to be on the front line in the fight against covid-19, taking all necessary measures.

What is Coronavirus and covid-19?

Coronavirus is a virus that causes infections that affect the respiratory system, which can be similar to common colds or progress to a more serious disease, such as pneumonia. Covid-19 is the name given by the World Health Organisation to identify the disease caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

What are the signs/symptoms associated with covid-19?

The signs and symptoms of covid-19 vary in severity, from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to fever (temperature ≥ 38.0ºC), cough, sore throat, tiredness and muscle aches and, in the most severe cases, severe pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, septicaemia, septic shock and possible death.

The data show that the clinical situation can worsen rapidly, usually during the second week of the illness.

Recently, anosmia (loss of smell) and in some cases loss of taste have also been seen as a symptom of covid-19.

How is it transmitted?

Covid-19 is transmitted person-to-person through close contact with infected people (direct transmission), or through contact with contaminated surfaces and objects (indirect transmission).

Transmission by close contact occurs mainly through droplets released through the nose or mouth of infected people, when they cough or sneeze, and which can directly reach the mouth, nose and eyes of those who are close.

Droplets can settle on objects or surfaces around the infected person and thus infect other people when they touch these objects or surfaces with their hands, then touch their eyes, nose or mouth.

How can I prevent it?

  • Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, with a tissue or with your forearm, never with your hands, and always throw the tissue in the trash;
  • Wash your hands frequently. You should wash them whenever you blow, sneeze, cough or after direct contact with sick people. You should wash them for 20 seconds with soap and water or with a 70% alcohol-based solution;
  • Avoid close contact with people with respiratory infection;
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands;
  • Avoid sharing personal items or food you have touched.

For more information, see:

Covid-19 - Frequently Asked Questions
Coronavirus (covid-19) and the Erasmus+ Programme

Legislation, Orders, Circulars and Announcements

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organisation declared covid-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and on 11 March 2020, it declared covid-19 to be a pandemic.

Following this declaration, a set of measures aimed at citizens, companies and public and private entities, regarding the epidemiological infection by covid-19, have been approved and published in the Journal of the Republic.

The Electronic Journal of the Republic ( makes this set of measures available in chronological order ( of publication and by subject area (

Government Page with Information on Portugal’s Response to the covid-19 Pandemic

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