CI² Aviation is committed to the health and safety of our employees and guest and the CI² Aviation Leadership is continuing to monitor the situation. As CI² Aviation continues to monitor the situation, please read the following information and reminders:
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. Risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC’s webpage at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html
The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of
• Shortness of breath
***Some patients have pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and in some cases death***
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Clean your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
Reputable websites such as those listed below have continuously updated information:
- World Health Organization (WTO); https://www.who.int/
- National Institute of Health (NIH); https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html
- U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM); https://www.opm.gov
- GA Department of Public Health: https://dph.georgia.gov/
- AL Department of Public Health: http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/
- TX Health and Human Services: https://hhs.texas.gov/
- LA Department of Health: http://ldh.la.gov/
- AR Department of Health: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/
- MA Department of Public Health: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-health
- Puerto Rico Department of Health: http://www.salud.gov.pr/Pages/Home.aspx
- USVI Department of Health: https://doh.vi.gov/
- DC Department of Health: https://dchealth.dc.gov/
- MD Department of Health: https://health.maryland.gov/pages/index.aspx
Each of these websites and national news agencies are providing information on the virus hot spots, risk level and most importantly, prevention methods. At this point, with very few exceptions, every country has reported an infection of varying magnitude. If you are traveling, please exercise the same caution you exhibit here at home.
CI² Aviation will provide you with updates that relate to our work environment or situation as soon as we receive them.