Issues which press members should pay attention to against Covid-19 while conducting their duties

The Directorate of Communications prepared a guideline containing the issues that press members should pay attention to against Covid-19 while conducting their duties.

Director of Communications Fahrettin Altun pointed out that communication constitutes an aspect of the struggle against coronavirus that requires maximum sensitivity, and added that in order to inform the public in a healthy way and prevent disinformation press members also play an active role in the fight against coronavirus.

Underlining that while carrying out this important duty, the press members should protect themselves against the virus by applying the necessary precautions, Altun said, “We believe that if we each comply with the precautions precisely, we will get over this period with the least effect.”

The guideline titled “Issues to Be Paid Attention to by Press Members Regarding Covid-19 While Conducting Duties” prepared by the Directorate of Communications is as follows:

  • Attention should be paid to the internal cleaning of the vehicles by which the press members will go to work. The vehicles should be inclusively disinfected as much as possible before and after the task.
  • The air conditioner should not be opened while in the vehicle; the ventilation of the vehicle should be done by opening the windows.
  • Maximum 3 people should travel in the vehicle, the number of people to travel should be determined according to the size of the vehicle.
  • Cleaning and disinfection of elevators in press buildings should be repeated frequently. Elevators should not be used if possible.
  • Electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops where bacteria are observed very often should be cleaned frequently with antibacterial gels or cloths.
  • Microphones and voice recorders should be cleaned frequently. Sponges of microphones should be washed with soapy water and their metal surfaces should be disinfected. Contact of these devices with the person to be interviewed should be prevented.
  • The equipment used should not be in contact with different surfaces.
  • Devices that require common use such as computers and editing tables in the press offices should be used with gloves. Keyboards and mouse should be disinfected.
  • As epidemic disease physicians may be in contact with patients, press members should interview these specialists via phone or video conference, not face-to-face.
  • In the interviews that require to be made face-to-face, the reporter, photojournalist or cameraman should wear gloves, masks, caps and face shields. Gloves and masks should be changed at every interview and meeting.
  • Whenever possible, a home working model should be implemented instead of a working from offices.
  • If working in offices will continue, protective equipment such as masks, gloves, caps, used while going to work, should be thrown into the garbage before entering the building and disinfectant should be used at the entrance of the building.
  • Importance should be given to personal hygiene in street interviews, interviews should not be conducted without masks and gloves.
  • Street interviews and announcements should be done in large areas. The necessary distance should be kept between the interviewee and the reporter and the cameraman. Microphone and voice recorder should be used with an extension stick or a stand.
  • In outdoor duties, press members should not make hand contact and touch the surrounding, unless required.
  • Press members should not broadcast from hospitals and quarantined areas as far as possible. If it is to be done, they should pay attention not to get close to the patients, the ones under quarantine and the staff.
  • Interviews should be limited to a few minutes. The questions to be asked to the interviewee should be prepared in advance and the interview should be completed quickly.
  • At the end of the interview, before moving to the car or the office, the gloves, masks, bones and face shields should be thrown into the trash, and hands and face should be cleaned.
  • The press members who observe the symptoms of coronavirus should first isolate themselves from the environment and inform the health units without losing time.
  • Cameramen and photojournalists should avoid close working situations that they normally do to capture images.
  • The press members and other participants should sit in line with the distance rules at the press conferences. At least one chair should be left empty between the people.
  • The devices used in a rotating system by different cameramen should be used by only one person.
  • If there is an obligation to use cameras by different people, these devices should be disinfected thoroughly and then used.
  • The desks in the press offices should be placed at least one-meter apart.
  • Disinfection and ventilation of offices should be done frequently.
  • One should be careful and attentive about food and drinking. Disposable cups, plates, spoons, forks and knives should be preferred.
  • The presenter and other officers working in the studio should not be in close contact with each other, and one-meter distance rule should be implemented in the broadcasts with guests.
  • The press members should act in accordance with the disinfection rules when going to their home at the end of their duty. Hands should be washed frequently with soap. The clothes worn at work should be washed at a high degree.
  • The press members who have returned from abroad recently should implement the 14-day quarantine rules without any interruption and with utmost attention.
  • The press members with chronic illnesses should be allowed to work from home. The medicines used by these people should be identified and a close colleague should be informed about these medicines.
  • The press members should pay attention to their nutrition and fluid intake in this period.
  • The press members who adopt a home work model should pay attention to their sleep patterns. They should pay attention to performing exercises that they can do at home, considering the fact that exercise strengthens the immune system.