Coronavirus: Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) information

Updated 26.04.2020

This is Dolphin Group’s information about the Coronavirus: Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and how we proceed in adapting operations during the epidemic.

 

Section index.

1. Introduction
2. Background
3. Dolphin Group policy during the epidemic
4. Defining risk groups
5. How to protect against getting exposed
6. What actions has Dolphin Group taken
7. If any concern exists how to proceed
8. If a person gets ill during travel or at work
9. Useful links and advice collected

 

1. Introduction

As an international recruitment organisation operating over land borders around Europe do, we face a totally new challenge to keep operations function and at the same time take the maximum precautions possible for our members and staff. We find it therefore necessary unprecedented to have advice about how we see the situation and when necessary update the information when more vital information comes to our knowledge. We are grateful if any opinion is given how to improve this information and will evaluate all comments given as soon as we can.

 

2. Background

Dolphin Group is a unique recruitment organisation that focus on recruiting self-employed persons who are registered at home and become partners in our UK limited lability partnerships. A person is therefore self-employed twice, first at home and then through UK law as partner. The person is sent to a work location under the EU laws of posting and provide services temporary in another member state.

 

3. Dolphin Group policy during the epidemic

As a provider of mobile work force do our organisation play an important function to provide solutions to the needs of labour. During the epidemic will our focus to provide services first be directed to business who fill functions in society that are vital. As we have a long experience to provide labour to farming industry and the handling of food is an important part of society that is our main focus. We will continue to assist regular client as long as it’s possible and we will take onboard new business especially if its filling vital functions in society.

For our members and staff will we do all what is possible to make sure they are as safe as possible and liaise with our clients about safety at work. The situation that is ongoing is unprecedented and we will not hesitate to use force mayor whenever needed for the safety of our members and staff and for the continuation to deliver the vital services for key business in society.

 

4. Defining risk groups

Risk groups are defined as older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory conditions)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

We define that any person with age 50 or below and who do not have any chronicle medical conditions to be at very limited risk close or similar to a regular flu. Any person in the age group 50 to 65 is at increased risk and should take maximum precautions. We will not engage anyone over 65 until the epidemic is over unless inhouse staff working from home.

If a member or staff have chronicle medical conditions do, we ask the person to come forward and notify management about the details so we can assess how to deal with the situation.

 

5. How to protect against getting exposed

On the internet there is large amount of information available from government and private sources. We have below collected the key points we believe are important to inform about, but that does not limit that more information can be helpful from other sources.

Keep yourself protected at all times.

 

 

5.1 Use gloves when possible (remove them carefully).

 

 

5.2 Wash hands thoroughly minimum 20 seconds preferably with warm water also for safety after removing gloves.

https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/everything-you-need-know-about-washing-your-hands-protect-against-coronavirus-covid-19

 

5.3 Keep distance to persons even if symptoms are not shown when possible.

 

5.4 Take a shower and change cloth after work or travel a.s.a.p.

 

5.5 Keep healthy, including building up immune system

 

 

5.6 Have enough regular sleep every night (or day).

 

 

5.7 Avoid or minimise being present in closed spaces that don’t have air movement.

 

5.8 Ventilate accommodations and keep them clean.

 

5.9 Keep management updated on irregularities that can be changed.

 

6. What actions has Dolphin Group taken

Dolphin Group is continuously reviewing the situation and taking actions and adapting to the changing circumstances due to COVID-19. Below is a list of actions taken since it was declared an epidemic by WHO.

  • Inhouse staff working from home and minimum staff at head office
  • Requesting full commitment from inhouse staff
  • Regular liaising with customers on protection for members and staff
  • Monitoring developments and adapting to changes
  • Expanding geographical scoops for recruitment
  • Minimising administrative procedures to have maximum result and safety
  • Financial support for members getting travel insurance alternatively signing travelinsurance
  • Encouraging safer travel even if it’s more expensive
  • Recommending individual sleeping rooms for any person over 50 years of age
  • Introducing this information package

 

7. If any concern exists how to proceed

If any concern exists, we encourage our members and staff to contact inhouse staff or send and e mail to:

info@dolphinposted.com

Note that answers can take some time due do large workload, but we do prioritize any questions relating to COVID-19, so use this as a subject if email is sent.

 

8. If a person gets ill during travel or at work

If any member or staff gets ill during travel, or at work let us know a.s.a.p. we will assist to find the safest and best solution to handle the situation. We will keep monitoring events. Keep always easily accessible phone numbers and/or e mail address to us, in case of an emergency it’s easy to get hold of us.

 

9. Useful links and advice collected

Below is a list of useful links and advice collected.

9.1  WHO – World Health Organisation

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

9.2  European Union Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/novel-coronavirus-china

9.3  National Health Service – NHS, United Kingdom

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

9.4  Centres for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC, United States

https://www.cdc.gov/

9.5  Guide how to deal with protective equipment for care of sick person

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/COVID-19-guidance-wearing-and-removing-personal-protective-equipment-healthcare-settings-updated.pdf

9.6  Advice from various doctors received (not verified but appears trustworthy)

From a young researcher who had been transferred from Shenzhen, China to Wuhan, China to collaborate with the task force that is fighting the coronavirus epidemic, we received and willingly transmit to all of this clear, simple an accessible information, which describe exactly what it is: the virus, how it transfer from one person to another and how it can be neutralized in everyday life.

Corona virus infection does not cause a cold with a dripping nose or catarrhal cough, but a dry, dry cough this is the easiest thing to know.

The virus does not resist heat and dies if exposed to temperatures 26-27 degrees, therefore often consume hot drinks such as tea, herbal tea, or coffee during the day or simply hot water: hot liquids neutralize the virus and it is not difficult to drink them. Avoid drinking ice water or eating snow.

For those who can do it, expose yourself to the sun!

The virus crown is quite large (diameter about 400-500 nanometres), therefore any type of mask can stop it in normal life, special masks are not needed.

On the other hand, the situation is different for doctors and health professionals who are exposed to heavy virus loads and have to use special equipment.

If an infected person sneezes in front of you, three meters away they will drop the virus on the ground and prevent it from landing on you.

When the virus is found on metal surfaces, it survives for about 12 hours, so when you touch metal surface such as handles, doors, appliances, support on trams etc… wash your hands well and disinfect them carefully.

The virus can live nested in clothes and fabrics for 6 to 12 hours. Normal detergents can kill it. For clothes that cannot be washed every day, if you can expose them to the sun and the virus will die.

 

HOW IT MANIFEST IT SELF:

The virus first installs in the throat, causing inflammation and a dry throat sensation this symptom can last 3-4 days.

The virus travels through the humidity present in the airways descends into the trachea and installs in the lung, causing pneumonia. This step takes about 5-6 days.

Pneumonia occurs with high fever and difficult breathing; it is not accompanied by the classic cold. But you may have the feeling of drowning. In the case, contact your doctor immediately.

 

HOW YOU CAN AVOID IT:

Virus transmission occurs mostly direct contact, touching, tissues or materials on which the virus is present: washing hands frequently is essential.

The virus only survives on your hands for about ten minutes, but in then minutes many things can happen, rub your eyes or scratch your nose for example, and allow the virus to enter your throat…

So, for your own good and for the good of others, wash your hands very often and disinfect them!

You can gargle with a disinfectant solution that eliminates or minimizes the amount of virus the that could enter your throat: in doing so, you eliminate it before it goes down into the trachea and then into the lungs.

Disinfect the PC keyboard, iPad, and mobile phones.

The new coronavirus NCP may not show signs for many days, before which it cannot be known if a person is infected. But by the time you have a fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, your lungs are usually already in 50% fibrosis and it’s too late!

Taiwanese experts suggest doing a simple check that we can do on our own every morning:

Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you successfully complete it without coughing, without discomfort, a sense of oppression etc… this shows that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, indicating essentially no infection.

In such times, do this check every morning in clean air environment!

These are serious and excellent advice from Japanese doctors, who treat COVID-19 cases. Everyone should make sure that their mouth and throat is moist, never DRY. Drink few sips of water at least every 15 minutes, WHY? Even if the virus gets into your mouth… water and other liquids will sweep it away through the oesophagus and into the stomach. Once in the belly… gastric acid in the stomach will kill the virus. If you don’t drink enough water more regularly… the virus can get into your trumpets and lungs. It’s very dangerous.

Share this information with you family, friends and acquaintances for solidarity and civic sense!!!