On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organisation received reports of pneumonia of an unknown cause in Wuhan City in China. Authorities in China quickly identified the cause as a new (or novel) strain of coronavirus.  On 11th March 2020, the World Health Organisation confirmed coronavirus as a pandemic and there’s a total of 788,522 cases of COVID-19 which is rising every day.

What is the coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause illnesses such as the common cold, to more severe conditions such as pneumonia, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) that has caused the outbreak in China is new, and not previously known.

What causes coronavirus?

These types of virus cause illnesses in animals and humans. COVID-19 can be spread person-to-person but the original source of the virus has not been confirmed.

What are the symptoms?

The main symptoms of this coronavirus include:

  • respiratory symptoms (like those you have with a cold)
  • fever (high temperature)
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • breathing difficulties

In more severe cases the virus can cause pneumonia, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) – a severe form of pneumonia, kidney failure and death.


How should I protect myself?

The World Health Organisation recommends the following practices to reduce exposure:

  • Frequently clean hands by using soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs;
  • Maintain at least one metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue. Throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough;
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call your medical provider in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

What we’re doing at G&M International

At G&M International, our priority is the health and wellbeing of our employees and clients, whilst continuing to provide an exemplary service to our clients around the world.  

In light of recent developments, our colleagues across our London, Peterborough and Texas offices will work from home until further notice. We are also working closely with our markets to ensure your business continues to be handled as usual.

We are constantly reviewing the situation and will adapt as required and advised during this challenging period.

If you have any questions or concerns you would like to discuss with our team please don’t hesitate to get in touch 

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