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What do Sex Workers Need to Know About Coronavirus?

This is a new viral infection called coronavirus and the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air, and quickly fall on floors or surfaces where the infected person has coughed, sneezed or exhaled.

Infection can be acquired by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth.

• The time between when a person is exposed to the virus and when symptoms first appear is typically 5 to 6 days, although may range from 2 to 14 days. 

• A small number of people are infectious before they have symptoms.

• People with symptoms are infectious but in many cases the symptoms are so mild that the person may not be aware they are sick and infectious.

• Coronavirus may remain infectious on surfaces for a few hours to a few days depending on conditions.

• There is no vaccine and no treatment for this virus and the sickness that it causes

Sex workers work in close and often intimate contact with our clients and we have been dealing with both sexually transmissible infections and infections arising from close contact like influenza all our careers, and we have even dealt with viral pandemic before this one.

Like all the others this infection requires serious and careful consideration. Sex workers in NSW need to know that a Public Health Order has been issued that orders sex services premise, massage parlours and strip clubs as “places of public gathering, not to open to the public.

 

Last Updated: 22 April 2020

 

Excerpt from: https://redbook.scarletalliance.org.au/covid-19/