Preventing the spread of COVID-19 on-farm - fast facts
Updated: 7 April 2020
COVID-19 is a respiratory virus. It spreads in breath and when people cough. It is a sticky virus that can survive on contaminated surfaces, including the skin, for some time.
People become infected by breathing it in or by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching their face. Many infected people don’t show signs, and it can spread quietly and quickly.
Mild to moderate signs include fever, cough, a sore throat, fatigue and increased effort to breathe. In severe cases, it can be fatal. Everyone can get sick with and spread COVID-19, including the young and healthy. However, older members of the farming workforce and those with prior health conditions are considered high risk.
You can also download the COVID-19: Stop spread on farm factsheet (PDF)
Protect from high risk situations
- Identify anyone who may have been in high risk situations and ensure they have no contact with other people on farm.
- Protect older and vulnerable workers. Stop contact where possible. Consider jobs they can do where they won't come into contact with others.
Prevent contact between people
Prevent exposure for everyone by:
- reducing the number of people on farm
- reducing contact between people when on farm, including during milking
- only have essential visitors on farm
Practise good hygiene to reduce the spread of droplets int eh air and minimise the risk of contaminating surfaces.
Prevent contact with infected surfaces
COVID-19 can't multiply outside the body, but it can survive for a number of days on surfaces. Think about shared touchpoints on farm and how sharing can be stopped.
Keep your own equipment separate, and disinfect shared equipment with detergent, alcohol, disinfectant or time (at least 7 days).
Quarantine equipment and supplies that come on to farm or disinfect those that need to be handled soon after arrival.