Even with vaccines underway, it may be a long time before the world is truly rid of COVID-19. It has become a regular part of our everyday life that offshore safety training courses in the Philippines should consider including COVID-19 prevention measures as part of the curriculum. But for now, here are guidelines you can use as reference.
Clean and disinfect regularly
This is a must for every nook and cranny of the ship. From common areas to specialized areas for certain personnel to living quarters, each place on board must be cleaned regularly to prevent germs and viruses from spreading. This extends to your living quarters and personal belongings such as gadgets and wallets, which may come in close contact with your body.
Practice mask-wearing and social distancing
The need for masks and social distancing extends to sea work, where you interact with other people on board or from a different port. Make sure to follow social distancing protocols as much as possible. Avoid meeting with people outside of your circle while docked at a port. This lessens the chances of catching the virus and infecting your crewmates.
Monitor symptoms and self-isolate
If you feel symptoms similar to that of COVID-19, have the initiative to isolate and monitor your symptoms accordingly. Inform everyone in your crew so they can steer clear of you. Get yourself tested and request for a single occupancy cabin with a private bathroom if possible. Letting your crewmates know your condition will help them report to authorities much quicker.
Employing proper health practices even at sea can help in lessening the spread of the virus among seafarers. We must do our best to minimize their risk and exposure—not only to the virus but also to other diseases.