Statement on Coronavirus

ACOEM Monitoring Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

ACOEM is closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation with World Health Organization (WHO) and local/regional health agencies. The situation is very fluid with increasing cases being reported inside and outside of China. Authorities are taking steps to guard against its spread. Many countries are already adopting surveillance measures and international airports are stepping up screening of incoming travelers from China.

REGISTER NOW - WHO Webinar - February 18, 2020: 
Health worker rights, roles and responsibilities in responding to Coronavirus Disease (COVID - 19)

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak reported in December 2019 has been declared a public health emergency of international concern. The World Health Organization has been developing and updating technical guidance to address preparedness and response activities and questions.

WHO will hold a live webinar on Tuesday, 18 February, with health care professional associations and occupational safety and health organizations to address questions and identify additional information needs.

WHAT: Live webinar with questions and answers
HOW: Health care and occupational safety & health organizations can dial-in 

WHEN: Tuesday, 18 February 2020, at 13:00 Geneva time (CET) (6:00 AM Central Time)

  • Dr. Sylvie Briand, WHO Emergencies Programme 
  • Dr. Giorgio Cometto, WHO Health Workforce 
  • Dr. Ivan Ivanov, WHO Occupational Safety and Health 
  • Dr. April Baller, WHO Infection Prevention and Control 

WHERE: Meeting number (access code): 847 096 460 

Meeting password: Healthworker1 

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Please ensure you enter your name and organizational affiliation.

Prevention is key, and should include the following actions:

  • Everyone should remain vigilant and postpone unnecessary travel to China
  • Ensure good hand hygiene and stay home if unwell
  • Stay away from live animal markets
  • Seek medical attention if you are feeling unwell or have flu like symptoms for more than three days
  • Anyone who has travelled to Wuhan during the last 14 days should contact their local Health and Medical prior to mobilizing
  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or flexed elbow
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Meat and eggs should be thoroughly cooked for consumption

As more information about the outbreak and health directives become available, we will update our guidance on appropriate measures.