We’re implementing company-wide precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about MECO’s guidelines, strategies and preventative measures in our letter below.
We are taking the necessary steps to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and continue to monitor a wide range of issues associated with the spread of COVID-19. MECO’s Management is staying abreast of the situation, communicating daily, and implementing recommendations from the appropriate regulatory agencies as appropriate. We are working with our employees, clients, and suppliers in order to take all necessary precautions to protect our community.
MECO provides a safe place to work and conducts all operations in a manner to protect all affected individuals. To date, we have no reported cases of COVID-19. MECO has restricted access and travel for all visitors and employees to only that which is deemed critical for ongoing operations. MECO’s supply chain remains operational at this point, although this is subject to change.
MECO’s guidance is based on what is currently known about the COVID-19 disease. This information and guidance are being obtained by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Department of Health (DOH), and World Health Organization (WHO). As this issue progresses or recedes, we will update this guidance. This guidance is being implemented by MECO on a company-wide basis and our expectation is that our corporate partners will implement measures at least as protective as those outlined in this interim guidance. Please follow all direction given by the CDC, DOH, WHO and respective Local, State, and Federal Agencies.
Employees are to call their doctor or seek medical help if they experience these symptoms.
All FAQ answers are sourced from the World Health Organization’s website.
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. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings. View more about how it spreads here.
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
While we are still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others.
The “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. These estimates will be updated as more data become available.
It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).
If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
Yes. The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.
For more FAQs and detailed information about COVID-19 please visit the World Health Organization’s website.