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.
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.
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.