systemsGo Policy for Novel Coronavirus
First Published: 31 January 2020. Edited: 13 March 2020
The following policy is intended to ensure that systemsGo employees and our clients are not exposed to any preventable risk of contracting the Novel Coronavirus.
The policy will be updated as new information on the disease, transmission methods, locations of confirmed cases and the incubation period becomes available. Information is currently being gathered from the WHO Situation Report page where the latest report on the endemic is currently being published daily. The link to the page is as follows;
In addition, systemsGo will follow the advice and direction of local governments as policy is made and modified.
Quarantine Policy – General
- Staff, contractors, subtenants who have been in contact with confirmed Novel Coronavirus cases must not visit a systemsGo client or office and are to be isolated in their home for 14 days after exposure other than for seeking individual medical care.
- Staff, contractors, subtenants who have been in Hubei Province of China must not visit a systemsGo client or office and are to be isolated in their home for 14 days since leaving Hubei Province other than for seeking individual medical care.
Quarantine Policy – Local
- Based on the Shanghai Government Directive Our Shanghai office will be closed until 10 February. This does not currently extend to our Beijing which starts back on Monday 3 February or Hong Kong office which started back on 29 January.
- Where possible staff in China may work from home provided this is done so in coordination with their manager and or client.
- Local Policies will be adapted real time as required.
RECOMMENDATIONS AND ADVICE (partly taken from the WHO website)
During previous outbreaks due to other coronavirus (Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), human-to-human transmission occurred through droplets, contact and fomites (clothing, food utensils, furniture), suggesting that the transmission mode of the Novel Coronavirus can be similar. The basic principles to reduce the general risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections include the following:
- Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
- Frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment and the use of hand sanitizer.
- Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.
- People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).
- Within healthcare facilities, enhance standard infection prevention and control practices in hospitals, especially in emergency departments
- WHO does not recommend any specific health measures for travelers. In case of symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel, travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their healthcare provider.
- Wear a face mask when travelling on public transport, use a hand sanitizer when arriving at the office or home and prior to eating.
- Avoid unnecessary meetings when you are in an area that WHO determines as a ‘VERY HIGH’ risk assessment.
- Monitor your temperature daily and if it goes above 37.5 degrees don’t come to work or go out in public and seek medical advice.
Please contact us for more details.