2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (2019-nCoV) (COVID-19)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in thousands of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City.
The CDC has issued a Level 3 travel notice, Avoid Nonessential Travel, concerning the outbreak. They have also provided Interim Recommendations for Airline Crew: Novel Coronavirus in China that includes a situation summary, symptoms to look for, infection control guidelines for cabin crew, as well as protection measures. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of international locations, including the United States. Click here to visit the CDC webpage with more information.
Following a teleconference of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on January 30, WHO declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, stating that it is expected that cases may appear in any country. Later that day, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 4 travel notice: "Do Not Travel" to China. For all State Department travel advisories, click here.
On January 31, the White House declared a public health emergency concerning the outbreak. Since that point, the virus has spread to a global pandemic impacting every aspect of life across all industries. ALPA has developed Coronavirus Information for Flight Crews with helpful information and numerous resources.
Information included on this website is not meant to alarm or cause undue concern for FedEx pilots. We are making every effort to arm our pilots with fact rather than promote fear as there is an abundance of misinformation on social media.
Please keep your eyes open for further updates from FedEx and your MEC. The situation is evolving daily, so we will be updating you as new information becomes available.
If you have information with regard to operational impacts as it relates to coronavirus, then:
1) Submit an INSITE report and 2) Submit a PDR with trip sequence and full details to the "Coronavirus" category.
Your FDX MEC, along with its committees, are monitoring the ongoing situation and are also coordinating with FedEx management in their efforts to ensure the health and safety of crew and family. Additionally, we are passing along information submitted via Pilot Data Report (PDR) to management.
FDX MEC Chairman Captain Pete Harmon has formed a team to address this crisis. On January 27th, FedEx management and the Association agreed to modify the Agreement reached in August of 2019. Specifically, we agreed to a re-opening of the ticket acquisition window which had closed on January 15, 2020. You may now acquire a ticket for departure from HKG up to February 15, 2020. We did this in response to the coronavirus crisis.
We had a second conversation early the morning of January 28th where we reviewed additional reports received overnight. Both sides agreed to the need for ongoing communication and the potential for additional measures As a result, we have set up daily internal and external conversations on this matter. If you have a concern or report, please send a PDR to "CoronaVirus"
We are also working closely with our resources at ALPA in Engineering and Air Safety and Communications who are monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely. For ALPA's hub of information, click here.
CDC and WHO Recommendations
The CDC lists possible symptoms as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. CDC believes at this time that symptoms appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure based on what was seen previously with the MERS virus.
Again, for the full summary, details, recommendations and more from the CDC, please click here.
- avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections;
- frequent handwashing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment;
- avoiding close contact with live or dead farm or wild animals;
- travelers with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).