Member, Visitor & Staff Guidelines – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thursday 13th February 2020

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization are closely monitoring developments related to novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. 

For more information, refer to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or your local health authority or see:

Symptoms of Coronavirus:

  • Runny nose

  • Headache

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Fever

  • A general feeling of being unwell

  • Shortness of breath and breathing difficulties

Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults.


  • Transmission depends on the type of coronavirus as there are several.

  • Human coronaviruses may spread from an infected person to others through:

  • the air by coughing and sneezing

  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands

  • touching a contaminated surface, then touching one’s mouth, nose, or eyes before washing hands 

Awareness and Action:

There is no vaccine currently for Coronavirus prevention and treatment consist of managing symptoms. There is no evidence that influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this virus, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions

  • Wash hands with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable

  • Avoid contact with sick people

  • Stay home if you begin to show symptoms. Avoid contact with others and do not travel (except for seeking medical care)

  • If your temperature is high, seek medical care right away. Before you go to a GP or A&E, call ahead and tell them about any recent travel and your symptoms

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands

  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces. 

What measures has the RAF Club put in place so far?

  • Anti bacterial products have been placed in every public bathroom, in reception and in all employee areas.  These are being replaced as they are used up

  • Housekeeping have been given specific training on the importance of wearing gloves whilst working

  • Additional gloves and masks have been ordered but some are already held in stock if required

  • Laudemonium, a strong disinfectant is used already to clean the fitness centre

  • Anything a traveller would touch frequently is being cleaned more often, with an antibacterial sanitiser. For example, the call buttons in lifts, light switches, door handles, toilets, telephones and the reception counter.

  • Antiseptic wipes will be placed in the Business Centre for cleaning of shared equipment

What happens if a member reports feeling unwell with suspected Coronavirus?

If a member or guest is suspected to have Coronavirus, they should advise local health authorities or call 111 for medical assistance. They should stay in their bedroom or an isolated area of the Club until medical instruction has been received

What happens if an employee reports feeling unwell with symptoms of Coronavirus?

They should stay at home and should advise local health authorities as above

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