Australia is in an unprecedented pandemic of the COVID-19 virus. During this pandemic, transport workers will continue to be at the front line of potential exposure and spreading of the virus. Business is not as usual and we are encouraging everyone to work with one another to get through this epidemic.

DO NOT GO TO WORK IF YOU ARE SICK – STAY HOME, TRACK YOUR SYMPTOMS AND NOTIFY THE UNION.

WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?

Covid-19 is a virus in the same family as the common cold. It is passed between people by contact with droplets from the lungs of an infected person. That can occur through infected droplets in the air or on surfaces.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. The consistent feature of the infection appears to be a fever. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

The current evidence is that it takes between 2 and 10 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever.

A person may not be showing any signs of illness, hence the ability for the infection to spread.