Information for Airswift employees, contractors and clients regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Airswift are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and we are committed to ensuring that you receive timely, accurate, and useful information to best manage the potential risk to contractor health and safety, as well as operational continuity.
Preventative measures and controls are being introduced in many countries where we operate, and many clients are introducing site, country or regional specific action plans. Airswift are monitoring country level directives and client communications and will ensure you are informed of these as soon as possible.
Many countries have introduced travel restrictions and controls to help contain the outbreak. If you are due to travel and are unsure if any controls are being implemented by clients or local authorities please contact your Airswift representative in advance.
Airswift is requesting all employees to keep regularly updated with the latest communications published by the World Health Organization and the local authorities where they are based.
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2. Hygiene and vigilance
Pay special attention to personal hygiene and follow the tips below to keep you and those around you healthy.
Monitor your health carefully and seek medical attention if you feel unwell or experience flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing).
Do not come into work if you are sick. Contact your Airswift representative to report your situation so further guidance can be issued. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Soap and Hand Sanitizing stations are available in office areas.
Cleaning of Surfaces
All areas that are likely to have frequent hand contact (like doorknobs, faucets, handrails) periodically and when visibly soiled. Work surfaces will also be cleaned frequently using normal cleaning products.
Consider carefully whether you need to attend events such as conferences or other mass events locally or internationally.
If you are concerned you may have come into contact with an affected person OR experience flu-like symptoms (including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing), you should:
Do not come to work, and do not travel. Contact your Airswift representative straight away so plans can be agreed with the Client.
Seek Medical Care
Seek medical care right away if you experience symptoms. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
Avoid contact with others, including separating yourself from others in your home and wear a facemask when you are in the same room with other people and when you visit a healthcare provider. If you cannot wear a facemask, the people who live with you should wear one while they are in the same room as you.
4. Travel Considerations
If you have recently returned from or will return from travel to Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and/or Italy for either personal or business reasons, please inform your Airswift point of contact immediately as you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days following your return to ensure you’re healthy before returning to work.
Please contact your Airswift point of contact if you are planning travel to, within or from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and Italy. Airswift will work with clients to ascertain each travel request on a case by case basis unless clients have already issued country/region wide advice specific to their projects and worksites. As stated, do not travel anywhere if you are feeling unwell.
Reconsider All Travel
Use your best judgement about whether any international travel is absolutely necessary. The global coronavirus situation remains fluid – national governments continue to revise their travel guidance and restrictions, and airlines are continually modifying their plans and schedules. Be mindful that travel disruptions may be more likely no matter where you are headed.
Be prepared to work remotely
We recommend that all personnel keep their laptops and peripherals with them at all times in case new measures are implemented that require working remotely/from home. Ensure you take your laptop, charger, and cables home with you at the end of each day and over weekends.
5. When should an employee suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 return to work?
If you had symptoms of COVID-19, you can end your home isolation and return to work when:
At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared. However, you may need to wait up to 20 days if you had a severe case of COVID-19 or if you are immunocompromised. Talk with a healthcare provider to decide how long you need to wait.
AND at least 24 hours have passed since you last had a fever without using fever-reducing medication.
AND your other symptoms have improved — for example, your cough or shortness of breath has improved.
If you never had any symptoms and are not immunocompromised, you can end your home isolation and return to work when at least 10 days have passed after the date you first tested positive for COVID-19.
6. Quarantine or isolation: What's the difference?
Quarantine: keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.
Isolation: keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.
7. Who needs to quarantine?
People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months.
People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again.
People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
What counts as close contact?
You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more. You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them).
You shared eating or drinking utensils.
They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
Steps to take
Stay home and monitor your health.
Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
Watch for fever (100.4◦F/38°C), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
We are mindful of the concern and anxiety you may be feeling and we thank you for staying informed and maintaining vigilant hygiene practices during this time.
Our incident management and leadership teams are closely connected and will continue to share information and update our cautionary policies to keep everyone safe.
If you have any concerns or queries please contact your Airswift representative.
Where can I find more information on COVID-19?
The latest updates on COVID-19 can be found at trusted organizations including: