The health and safety of our staff, client personnel, and the general public is our highest priority. Our thoughts are with those affected and responding to the pandemic, including all the health-care workers.
The unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 virus are still evolving and as new information, recommendations and guidance issued by government or NGO entities then Aluciant will update our guidance as required.
We continue to operate normally, within the limitations on travel and gatherings within the countries we have the personnel. Attendances requiring international travel or travel to a hot spot are individually risk assessed. Aluciant will closely monitor the business and personal travel plans of staff and sub-contractors and remains constantly vigilant and all staff and sub-contractors are requested to maintain their own close awareness on the pandemic, locations and whether they have likely been in contact with infected individuals.
If individuals are aware that they have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 they should contact their primary care physician and will not be instructed to attend any worksite until fourteen (14) days after an all-clear diagnosis.
The latest country information is available on the NaTHNac Travel Pro website.
Information about the virus
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.
The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected.
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
- difficulty in breathing
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer, and chronic lung disease.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
The following general cold and flu precautions are recommended to be taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- put used tissues in the bin straight away
- wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitizer gel if soap and water are not available.
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Face masks for the general public are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments.