APSI Monitoring CoronaVirus (Covid-19)

Dear members and employees, 
 
The APSI values your personal health and safety as well as the health and safety of our communities, family, friends and co-workers. Currently all 2020 courses and exams are planned to go ahead. We plan to take action to keep members and employees of our events safe through a series of measures as outlined by the Australian Government Department of Health as well as other relevant agencies. 
 
The situation is evolving rapidly, both globally and locally. Most ski resorts in Europe and North America have closed either temporarily or for the remainder of their season. The Australian Government is requiring voluntary self-isolation for Australian Citizens returning from overseas. This situation will continue to evolve over the coming months leading up to and during the coming winter season. 
  
The APSI is closely monitoring the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Smartraveller - COVID-19 and the Australian Government Department of Health - COVID-19 resources regarding the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 and is following guidelines from these government departments as well as local health departments in Australia and international resources such as the World Health Organisation - COVID-19 and the USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - COVID-19. The APSI is actively communicating with key stakeholders in the Snowsports industry to ensure we can keep our members as up to date as possible on the current COVID-19 situation. 


The below information regarding COVID-19 is changing daily so please continue to monitor guidelines as set by relevant organisations. The information contained in this notice is correct as at the date of this notice. 
 
What is coronavirus and COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 (World Health Organisation)
 
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience: 

How does it spread?
There is evidence that the virus spreads from person-to-person. The virus is most likely spread through: 

  • close contact with an infectious person
  • contact with droplets from an infected person's cough or sneeze
  • touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face (Australian Government Department of Health)

Prevention
Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others. If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask as there is little evidence supporting the widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people to prevent transmission in public. Find out more in this fact sheet about the use of surgical masks. Everyone should practise good hygiene to protect against infections. Good hygiene includes:

  • washing your hands often with soap and water 
  • using a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • avoiding close contact with others, such as touching
  • upon returning to Australia on or after Monday the 16th March 2020, self-isolate for 14 days. 

What to do if you are required to stay at home
Read more about protective measures against coronavirus on the World Health Organization website. If you have a confirmed case, you need to isolate yourself to prevent it spreading to other people. (Australian Government Department of Health)


What the APSI is recommending

  • If you become unwell and think you may have symptoms of coronavirus, seek medical attention. Call ahead of time to book an appointment. (Australian Government Department of Health). Please use this link for more information if you are unwell.
  • The APSI directs all its employees to stay informed and follow guidelines as set by relevant Australian Government agencies including but not limited to the Australian Government Department of Health and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Smartraveller as well as international organisations such as the World Health Organisation.
  • The APSI urges all employees to make decisions around work and travel that are best for your health and the health and safety of those around you. It asks you to consider going above and beyond agency guidelines if necessary, for the health and safety of yourself and others.
  • The APSI is asking all members and employees to assist in the combat of this virus by also following the guidelines of the above-mentioned agencies. 

Please join us in a collaborative effort to eliminate this virus. This virus needs humans to transmit and incubate, it needs our assistance to enter our body systems. By exercising good hygiene, washing hands regularly, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or inner elbow, practising social distancing, staying at home if you are unwell or have recently returned home from overseas, eliminating contact with others who are unwell, keeping hands away from your face and following the guidelines of our leading organisations, we will not give this virus the assistance it needs and we will contribute to reducing the virus's spread. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach us at apsi@apsi.net.au

We wish you all well and see you on the slopes.