The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on humankind across the globe has been tremendous. This new strain of the coronavirus category was reported in China in December 2019, and has since become an international concern. Within no time, it spread across countries in Europe, Asia, America, and the Middle East. With lives at risk and much at stake, economies and businesses have been hampered terribly. There are many European and US-based businesses and factories in China, and this has hurt their economies badly as well. Supply chain and shipping deliveries have slowed down and even halted in some places.
Amid all the crisis and panic, the importance of human life, health, and wellbeing cannot be understated. Fractured economies and businesses can be mended later as long as people are safe and healthy. But, at the same time, it is important to take a few steps for your business so that you can bounce back easily once life returns to normal. So, many US-based suppliers like Peak Machinery have taken steps to safeguard their employees as well as reduce the delays in terms of production and deliveries. This post discusses the perils of the disease and the steps taken by Peak Machinery to reduce its impact.
COVID-19: Things You Must Know
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a newly detected SARS COV-2 virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) coronavirus belongs to the category of viruses that are known to cause common cold as well as severe diseases such as the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). This virus strain is transmitted from animals to humans.
Here are some important things that you must know about the disease:
Symptoms: The WHO website states symptoms as fever, dry cough, fatigue, breathing difficulties. In many cases, people have also reported symptoms such as pains and aches, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea, runny nose, and nausea. Various studies show that almost 80% of people recover from the disease. In critical cases, patients may have pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure, and death.
Incubation and Spread: According to various studies, the incubation period for this virus is 1-14 days. However, many affected people start showing symptoms in 5-6 days. The virus is known to spread through human interaction. It may spread through direct contact or indirect contact. Apart from infected humans, the disease may also spread through respiratory droplets and contaminated surfaces.
Precautionary Measures: People can protect themselves from this respiratory illness by taking the following preventive actions:
Wash hands very often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water is unavailable, you can use any alcohol-based sanitizer.
Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
Avoid going near people who may be infected.
Use non-interactive, virtual means of communication such as mobile phone, social media, emails, and others to communicate with people. In short, you must practice social distancing and avoid interactions.
Steps Taken by Peak Machinery to Curb the Spread and Keep Business Going
Here are some steps taken by the company which are helping the company reduce business losses as well as safeguard their employees:
Even as more and more business units continue to shut down temporarily, supplies and deliveries through Peak Machinery continue.
The company communicates well and promptly with their customers. They all have been notified of possible delays in shipping. Clients in specific locations have also been made aware of temporary halts and shutdowns in their location.
The company has made its employees aware of the risks involved and how to safeguard themselves from infection. They have conducted a couple of sessions to raise awareness. Aside from this, the company is using other informal means of communications such as phone and social media to stay in touch with their employees and help them be safe.
Peak Machinery is a known and reliable equipment supplier to the forest industry, most notably to pulp and paper mills. We offer a wide range of items including an extensive variety of pumps, paper mill stock preparation equipment (refiners, screens, etc.), valves, blowers, heat exchangers, process instrumentation, etc. While Peak Machinery is dealing with this crisis, they have taken continue deliveries within North and South America. At the same time, they have measures to take care of their employees. The management is optimistic about the surge in business once the pandemic is under control.