In January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. WHO stated there is a high risk of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreading to other countries around the world.
WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. However, long term success cannot be taken for granted. All sections of our society – including businesses and employers – must play a role if we are to stop the spread of this disease.
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We are committed to following the recommendations as per the WHO guidelines for the health of all employees in the workplace.
We are implementing the following guide lines:
- Strong recommendation of Flu and Pneumonia vaccination (Gap costs for Doctors visit/cost of vaccine covered by us/you) for those that want it.
- Discussions on Importance of personal, respiratory and hand hygiene in the workplace and applying it when on break.
- For planned overseas holidays and areas affected – check the latest updates for the region you are travelling to.
- Posters on hand hygiene will be displayed in Kitchen, Bathrooms and staff rooms.
- After lunch each day, wipe desk with disinfectant wipes and door handles, spray disinfectant Glen 20 in air, wipe kitchen bench and bathroom basins with disinfectant.
Treatment of Sick Team Members:
- If you develop flu like symptoms – do not attend work, testing must be completed and doctor’s clearance is essential. Work from home -if able
- If you are a team member who is not symptomatic, but has been in contact with a known or suspected case of coronavirus or person you are living with has flu like symptoms remain at home until that person has been cleared. Work from Home
- If a team member has had contact with a known case coronavirus prior to coming to work they will not be allowed to return to work unless cleared by a health professional.
- If a team member has returned from overseas holiday (any destination) self-isolation is required by working from home for 14 days prior to returning to work – All travel out of state must be approved by us prior to leaving the state to identify potential risk management.
Education – Information to keep you informed – to be aware – not to panic
- Respiratory droplets (coughing, sneezing)
- Fomites (infected clothes, furniture, sheets, hair, skin, vehicles, tools)
- Faecal-Oral (ingesting infected faecal matter, flies landing on your food, touching your mouth with your hand after contact with a public door handle)
- Possible airborne (different from droplets, airborne can be carried by dust in the air)
- The Virus may persist on surfaces for up to 9 days, on some surfaces up to 27 days (duration at this stage cannot be confirmed by WHO)
Preparations for least disruption in your life during this outbreak:
- If you need prescription medication, get it now.
- Stock up enough food to last you for a few weeks in case you get infected and need to quarantine yourself.
- Prepare for schools and businesses to close.
- If you have elderly relatives, try to prepare them for isolation until the outbreak is over.
- Psychologically prepare yourself, living in isolation isn’t easy. Tens of millions of people have been in lockdown in China for over a month. Get books, games, movies.
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water, washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
- Practice respiratory hygiene – Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
- Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
The following measures ARE NOT effective against COVID-2019 and can be harmful:
- Taking traditional herbal remedies
- Wearing multiple masks
- Taking self-medication such as antibiotics