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