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FHWA Response to COVID-19

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FamilyHistoryWA Statement on COVID-19
FHWA is a responsible and caring, completely volunteer-operated, not-for-profit organisation.  In response to the COVID 19 outbreak the following procedures have been implemented by the Management Committee to take effect immediately.  This information is also on our website.

This is an important, albeit long, communication - please read it all carefully.

  1. We ask all members and volunteers to be vigilant and to change their habits where necessary to minimise risk to themselves and to others. 
  2. We also ask all members & volunteers not to attend FHWA if they are suffering, or have suffered, flu-like symptoms for 14 days from the onset of illness.
  3. If any members or volunteers are exposed to the COVID-19, then FHWA bars them from returning to the premises for a period of 14 days after an exposure to the virus — this generally means having been in close contact with someone who is known to be infected, or having travelled from overseas. 

 How to avoid COVID-19

There is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 disease.  The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.  The World Health Organization has confirmed that the main driver of transmission is from unwell people, through respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing. Transmission by people without symptoms is possible, but rare.  It may also be possible to become infected by touching a contaminated surface or object and then touching one’s nose or mouth.

Everyone should implement these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:      

  • Avoid contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Stay home when you are sick - especially if you exhibit respiratory symptoms (coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath) and/or a temperature above 38C.
  • Leave FHWA if you develop these symptoms while on the premises (advise our front counter)
  • See a health care professional if you are unwell, and stay away from the FHWA and other public places
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Shield coughs and sneezes with a tissue, elbow, or shoulder (not the bare hands) & dispose of used tissues immediately.  Then wash your hands.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, 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 before eating and after visiting the toilet and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Wipe down shared equipment (phones, laptops etc) with a sanitising wipe before and after use.
  • Avoid shaking hands entirely to reduce the risk of spreading infection.
  • Try to maintain 1.5m distance from other people.
  • Volunteers might want to reconsider their communal lunch-breaks.

FHWA will: ( as supplies permit )

  • Keep its toilets well stocked with toilet paper, soap and paper towels.
  • Provide sanitising wipes for users to sanitise shared equipment
  • Provide updates as the situation changes.
  • Provide its COVID-19 information and plans to its affiliated member societies
  • Monitor the spread of COVID-19 and implement stricter restrictions if necessary [e.g. cancelling meetings and events., etc.]

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

According to the World Health Organisation, common symptoms of COVID-19 infection include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Some people may get a sore throat and/or a runny nose

What to do if you suspect you have COVID-19 AND you have visited FHWA in the last 14 days

  1. Put yourself into home-quarantine.
  2. Contact your Doctor by phone, making it clear that you are concerned you may have COVID-19.
  3. ( It would be preferred that you visit one of the special clinics. ) 
  4. Contact FHWA and let us know that you are being tested for the COVID-19 and you will not be attending FHWA for the required number of days and, please, keep us informed as it has repercussions beyond your own well-being.


The Management Committee hopes that all members and volunteers sail through these trying times and we'll all be back to normal researching quickly.


Tip – disinfectants  

A bottle of methylated spirit (it is 95% ethanol alcohol), a spray bottle from Woolies/Coles, a drop of detergent, plus a roll of Chux cloths and that will be better than anti-bacterial wipes for surfaces, computer key board and mouse.  

For the computers - spray the cloth to dampen it then wipe the key board. 

Do not spray key board directly.  Do not use on screen, as you damage the surface.

Note: Methylated spirits is harsher than Isopropyl alcohol, but is easier to obtain.



End of Statement


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2020 12:04

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