COVID-19 Response

Comprehensive coverage of COVID-19 and its impact on industry.
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The infection that began in Wuhan, China reportedly in December of 2019 has now spread all across the world, prompting nationwide lockdowns and social distancing. See more information on COVID-19 here and health advice for the general public here.
What are the common symptoms?
Majority of the cases present Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhoea, sore throat, loss of smell, and abdominal pain, rarely progressing to viral pneumonia and multi-organ failure. The time from exposure to onset of symptoms ranges from two to fourteen days. If you have or think you have the symptoms contact COVID-19 healthline at 0800 358 5453
How does COVID-19 transmit?
In humans, the novel coronavirus spreads mainly through droplets that are produced when a person infected sneezes or coughs and through touching common surfaces. These droplets that contain the virus can enter in the noses or mouths of other people nearby. Scientists also believe the viruses can possibly be inhaled (aerosol transmission) when a person breathes in.
Can COVID-19 transmit through food?
There currently exists no evidence that coronavirus is transmitted through food. It is possible the virus transmits through surfaces e.g. packaging that may be carrying residue from an infected person and appropriate care must be taken to manage the risk.
COVID-19 Impact on Essential Food Businesses
The critical role played by the food industry cannot be stressed enough. Food businesses have been classified as essential services, Agriculture, manufacture, distribution, transport, supermarkets, hospitality have all had to adapt to specific guidelines for their industries to continue operating.
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iMonitor: Industry Guidelines

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General workplace guidelines

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Personnel Precautions
Wash hands often and wear PPE while working.

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Vigilance
Clean often using appropriate cleaning agents.

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Contact Tracing
If required, setup the capability to record your customers details.

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Positive Environment
Optimistic environment helps best practice adherence.

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Social Distancing
Ensure 6 feet or 2 metre distance between workstations.

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Educate
Reinforce best practices for personal hygiene and sanitization plans.

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Daily Symptom check
Monitor staff for symptoms of COVID-19.

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Stay up to date
Stay current with industry and government updates. 

Operational Personnel guidelines

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Personal Hygiene
Wash hands frequently, wear PPE before entering work areas.

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PPE or Uniforms
Don fresh set of PPE gear before entering back into work areas.

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Symptom check
Check for symptoms – fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath.

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Breaks
Stagger break timing so social distancing is maintained.

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Deliveries
Deliveries and dispatches managed in a contact-less fashion.

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Stay up to date
Stay current with new work guidelines and health announcements.

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Coronavirus Risk Management Guide for Food Businesses

A Food Safety guide for managing Coronavirus Risk Management for food Industry. In the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, food businesses are revisiting their food safety plans and hygiene best practices. Moreover, given the uncertainty around COVID-19, risk management involves staying abreast of how the virus spreads and adhering to government’s communique on

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What Is Coronavirus? All your questions answered.

What Is Coronavirus? Every day, new facts, innovations, and statistics are emerging related to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. The infection that began in Wuhan in China reportedly in December of 2019 has now spread all across the world, prompting nationwide lockdowns and social distancing measures. Coronavirus disease is a newly discovered infectious disease. Primarily

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What are ‘essential services’ around the world?

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