Handwashing remains the most effective preventative measure
Keeping hands clean through proper and frequent washing with warm water is one of the most important steps we can take to prevent ourselves from getting sick and spreading germs to others.
Sanitise your hands
If you cannot wash your hands with warm water and soap, use a sanitiser and then wash your hands with water and soap as soon as you are able.
Avoid all unnecessary travel
Airports and flights are a haven for germs and infections. We strongly advise you to hold off on all travel until such a time that it is safe to do so. Should you opt to fly, make use of face-masks - not to prevent you from picking up infection but as a precautionary measure against others picking up your gems. Please remember to wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap as soon as you’re able to do so.
No handshake, no touch
Embrace the new approach to greeting by avoiding handshakes and hugs. Healthier alternatives are the elbow-to-elbow greeting, a foot tap, a wave or just a friendly hello.
If you use public transport, be vigilant about personal hygiene measures before and after travel. Where possible, carry hand sanitisers and tissues. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap as soon as you reach your destination. If you feel unwell, stay home.
Chronic illness and pregnancy
Many people living with or recovering from a chronic illness or those who are pregnant have concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on their health. Practice social distancing guidelines at work and in public places, to limit contact and please wash your hands with soap and water as often as possible. If your role at work can be modified appropriately to minimize exposure, discuss your options with your employer.
The following recommendations help lower your risk of infection of the Coronavirus.
- Practice a safe distance of 1,5m between yourself and others
- Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze or sneeze into the crook of your elbow
- Wipe and sanitise your workstation and laptop regularly
- Press lift buttons with your knuckle and not your finger tips
- Use a tissue to open doors
- Immediately throw used tissues in the dustbin or flush them away
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water
We advise to self-quarantine if they have:
- Visited a medium or high risk country
- Transited through a medium or high risk airport
- Been in close contact with a person who has been in a high and medium risk country and there is cause or reason to believe that the person was/is
- infected with the COVID-19
- Been in contact with a person who is suspected or confirmed to have the Coronavirus infection.
Self-quarantine requires you to stay away from situations where you may come in close contact with others such as: social gatherings, work, school, child care/pre-school centres, university and other education providers, faith-based gatherings, aged care and health care facilities, prisons, sports gatherings, restaurants and all public gatherings.
During this time you must monitor yourself and should symptoms associated with the COVID-19 develop, you are to seek medical attention.