The situation with the outbreak of Covid-19 - often referred to as the Corona Virus – changes daily. Buyers and suppliers of research information may have questions regarding what they should do in their businesses, especially in relation to contacts with clients, suppliers and indeed, participants.
We strongly recommend to closely monitor both the World Health Organisation website, and Government of India advisories.
Listed below are some general points of advice that may help to guide your decisions in response to these questions, but they should always be considered in the context of what central, state and municipal authorities recommends.
Covid-19 is a “novel” (not seen before) variant of the coronavirus which affects lungs and airways. Due the fact it is a “novel” version, there is currently no human immunity or vaccine, making it more contagious. Tell-tale signs of infection include coughing, a fever, shortness of breath and/or breathing difficulties.
All current evidence would suggest that the virus is NOT airborne, but is spread via liquid droplets (coughs, sneezes, perspiration, etc). If someone sneezes over a table, and someone else then puts their hand on the table, they risk infection.
Current advice to contain the spread of the virus is :
The list of high-risk areas changes daily, but in broad terms, people who have been to mainland China, Italy, California, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand should report to their doctor and ideally self-isolate. This would include stop-over or airport transfers in any of these countries or states. If you have been in close contact with these individuals, you should take the same precautions.
Some of this advice may change according to country, but if you are asked to self-isolate, then you should…
Clearly, the possibility of infection will also impact significantly on personal interactions – particularly F2F activities – within our profession. If you, or your agency, has planned to conduct research during this time, then please take into consideration some of the key recommendations being offered by health authorities….
Please do keep your staff updated on the latest health advisories from government and WHO
Should you have any additional questions, then please do not hesitate to contact MRSI Office, we would try our best to answer your questions!