IMPORTANT NATIONAL PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – EVENTS AND OPERATIONS STATEMENT

Members and Supporters

I would like to update you on how we are managing the development of COVID-19 given the recent advice on travel and isolations announced by the Federal Government over the weekend.

We are taking our advice from the Australian Government Department of Health. https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-covid-19

 

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

How is coronavirus spread?

COVID-19 spreads from person to person in a similar way to the flu:

  • from close contact with an infected person;
  • from touching objects or surfaces contaminated by the sneeze or cough of an infected person and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth;

Symptoms similar to the flu, include fever, cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath.

Most people who are infected experience mild to moderate symptoms from which they fully recover. However, some people may develop more serious illness with pneumonia and other complications. People at risk of more serious symptoms include the elderly, children, pregnant women, or those with immune system, cardiac or respiratory conditions.

 

What measures can I take to protect myself and those around me from the virus?

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and warm water.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places with known outbreaks of COVID-19.

 

What measures are the AIB taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

Australian Institute of Building will continue to provide staff, members, and supporting partners with further updates on the COVID-19 situation as more information comes to light.

Thorough hygiene practices will continue to be implemented across the office which includes the daily sanitisation of all necessary surfaces.

Staff are encouraged to regularly use the hand sanitiser provided and sanitising wipes.

 

Will the AIB be cancelling upcoming events?

We will be assessing all upcoming events and if necessary, will cancel or postpone events. Members, sponsors and staff will be informed prior to any cancellations or postponement. AIB will comply with any bans imposed by the Federal Government for mass gatherings. We will continue to encourage attendees to use their own personal protection measures and we will also provide access to sanitiser at our events or venues.

 

We are aware of the recent travel and social distancing restrictions initiated by the Australian and New Zealand Governments over the weekend. The Australian Institute of Building continues to assess what this means for the AIB and any impact these restrictions may have for the team and the day to day operations of the Institute.

 

Yours sincerely

David Burnell FAIB

National President

M:  0425 801719

E:   president@aib.org.au