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COVID-19

Information on the coronavirus pandemic

Arnot OpCo is committed to the health and safety of all our employees, shareholders, suppliers, their families and the community around us. 

The information on this page is provided by the South African government and aims to inform the Arnot OpCo team and community about the current health pandemic facing our nation and the globe. 

For coronavirus-related emergencies, please use the official government emergency hotline: 0800 029 999.
More information about the virus can be obtained by sending a message to the official WhatsApp support line on 0600 123456.

What is a COVID-19 vaccine?

A vaccine is intended to provide immunity against COVID-19. In general, vaccines contain weakened or inactive parts of a particular organism that triggers an immune response within the body.

This weakened version will not cause the disease in the person receiving the vaccine, but it will prompt their immune system to respond.

Some vaccines require multiple doses, given weeks or months apart. This is sometimes needed to allow for the production of long-lived antibodies and the development of memory cells.

In this way, the body is trained to fight the specific disease-causing organism, building up the memory against the pathogen so it can fight it in the future.

Is a vaccine safe to use?

Vaccines undergo rigorous trials to ensure they are safe and effective. All vaccines go through a comprehensive approval process by medical regulators to ensure that they are safe.

Pharmaceutical companies hand over all laboratory studies and safety trials to show that the vaccine does work.

Vaccines are made to save lives, not to oppress, bewitch or indoctrinate people.

What is stigma and discrimination?

STIGMA – A negative attitude or belief about people/person for a specific reason/circumstance – i.e., such as contracting COVID-19

DISCRIMINATION – the unjust treatment of different categories of people i.e., someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

THE VIRUS DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AND NEITHER MUST WE.

We can only beat this virus by standing together!

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

Anyone who tests positive will immediately be notified and put into quarantine at home or at a facility designated to manage the outbreak. You will then remain in quarantine until repeat testing shows you no longer have the virus.

  1. Do not go to work or out. Inform your HR department accordingly.
  2. Stop using public transport.
  3. Self-isolate, ideally alone in a room and away from other family members or roommates, for a period of no less than 10-days. If possible, avoid sharing a bathroom with other individuals. If you have to share a bathroom with others, be mindful to clean commonly touched surfaces after every use to minimise the risk of infection.
  4. Keep an eye on your symptoms and call a Doctor if you find it difficult to breathe.
  5. For those living on their own, ask family or friends to assist with grocery shopping, or make use of online delivery services for quick and convenient grocery deliveries.
  6. If you manage your symptoms in the safety of your residence, you can de-isolate after 10-days if no new symptoms have presented. And only if you have been fever-free for at least 24-hours.

What is COVID-19?

On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, China. ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of what we now know as ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ (COVID-19). Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms are: 

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath

Preventative tips

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

How is COVID-19 treated?

Treatment is supportive (providing oxygen for patients with shortness of breath, or treating a fever, for example). To date, there is no specific antiviral treatment available. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections. However, antibiotics may be required if a bacterial secondary infection develops.

What to do if you experience some of the known symptoms.

The symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or fever. However, these are also symptoms of the flu. The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) recommends that you should only get tested if you display symptoms plus if you have:

  • Been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 person
  • Travelled to a high-risk country
  • Worked in or been to a healthcare facility treating people with Covid-19
  • a severe case of pneumonia with an unknown cause

However, one should consult your medical practitioner or the COVID-19 national helpline 0800 029 999 immediately if you display symptoms.

Self-quarantine guidelines and tips

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the official government website.