A new string of pneumonia (a coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China) was alerted on Dec. 31, and we have been monitoring the situation since then through ISOS, Cigna, and comparing notes with other organizations and their health & safety protocols.
- It is unclear how contagious it is.
- Much of the advice around precautions correspond to prudent measures for cold and flu season.
- We are encouraging personnel to pay extra attention to general hygiene, to avoid sick people, and if there are signs of pneumonia (high fever and shortness of breath), to seek medical attention.
We will soon host an annual conference in Thailand. We will be taking some extra measures and we will continue to monitor the situation closely. As new or additional guidance is put out by the World Health Organization or Center for Disease Control that might impact our health and safety measures or travel plans we will provide an update.
Here are some further specific recommendations from a health alert from ISOS:
§ Wash your hands frequently. Carry hand sanitizer for use when soap and water are not readily available.
§ Maintain good personal hygiene.
§ Avoid touching your face.
§ Keep some distance from people who are obviously sick.
§ Avoid direct contact with animals (live or dead) and their environment.
§ Do not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with droppings.
§ Ensure food, including eggs, is thoroughly cooked.
§ Seek medical attention if you develop symptoms, especially fever or shortness of breath.
§ Do not travel if you are sick - note that some locations have implemented screening, and travelers may face quarantine and testing.
Note that washing your hands with soap and water should be the first priority with hand sanitizer to augment that practice. Also, there will be thermal screeners at the airports in Thailand, and the level of medical screening at various airports is subject to change. Plan for longer travel screening times in general and stay hydrated!