Travelers Aid Responds to COVID-19
We are closely tracking the coronavirus and would like to share with you information and preventive measures we should all be taking at this time. Please know that a healthy environment is our priority and we will be evolving our operations as needed, and as our contractual obligations allow, to respond to the rapidly changing conditions.
On a general note, we are following the CDC’s recommendations and encourage all TAI locations to do the same, from recommending the use of face coverings, to frequent washing of hands, to keeping offices and volunteer desks clean. Please tell your staffs and volunteers to stay home from work if they are feeling ill and to call their doctor if exhibiting symptoms. A full list of precautions can be accessed by clicking on the CDC Website.
CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help slow the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
The current data suggests that most people who get the virus will only have mild symptoms — or possibly be totally asymptomatic — although roughly 16% may become very sick. The CDC has defined people at higher risk of COVID-19 infections as older adults, and those individuals who have serious chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and respiratory problems.
We will update this message as we learn more and will continue to follow the guidelines from the CDC, local authorities and other government entities.