With the recent outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), we would like to provide you with some information to better advise you in a time of such uncertainty. I know that everyone has been inundated with information relating to this, and it can be a bit overwhelming to process. Au Pair International (API) has been closely monitoring all of the news and updates to ensure that we are well-advised under the circumstances. Below you will find some basic guidance regarding Symptoms, Prevention, Treatment, Coverage and Travel.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Symptoms:
For confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
COVID-19 is a new Disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Prevention & Treatment:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory Diseases, including:
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay at home when sick
- Cover mouth with elbow when you cough/sneeze
- Wash hands for minimum 20 seconds as often as possible
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Maintain at least 3 feet (1 meter) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
At this time, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Please do not go to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room before calling to alert them about your symptoms.
At this time, we strongly encourage all participants to follow official guidelines by self-isolating and limiting travel as much as possible in order to minimize exposure to COVID-19, as well as avoid future travel complications that may be imposed. For any planned travel, visit the State Department’s country-specific COVID-19 page as well as seek available information regarding advisories, travel restrictions and closures from authorities at the intended destination.
Insurance Coverage: The international insurance plan provided by Au Pair International does provide coverage for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the same as any other illness, as long as it was not contracted before your coverage start date and does not fall under any other exclusion or policy limitation. Au pairs will want to make sure they seek appropriate and immediate care as soon as possible if they exhibit any of the key symptoms.
Current Arrivals to the USA: In response to U.S. Department of State guidance in relation to COVID-19, all au pair arrivals are suspended until May 15th at the earliest. We apologize for the inconvenience this creates for participants and host families and we are committed to rescheduling arrivals to have au pairs arrive and begin their programs at the earliest opportunity. We will continue to follow U.S. Department of State guidance in regards to arrivals as the situation develops.
Health Alert – Department of State ¿ Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)
Location: Worldwide ¿ The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19.
Event: Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel.
See the CDC Proof of Negative Test Result page to view the order, complete the attestation, and to see FAQ¿s.
Airlines must deny boarding to passengers who do not meet these requirements.
U.S. citizens in countries where adequate COVID-19 testing is not available or may not be able to satisfy the requirements, should depart immediately or prepare to be unable to return to the United States until such time as they can meet the requirements.
Actions to Take:
- Monitor the CDC website for latest guidance regarding testing requirements.
- Check with your air carriers or travel representative prior to departure for the United States.
- Check COVID-19 Country Specific Information updated information on COVID-19 related information including availability of testing.
- Visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security¿s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- Click here for our COVID FAQs Search Tool.
Current Departures from the USA: API is monitoring flights and is in direct contact with any au pairs who are affected by flight changes or issues returning home. We are experiencing disruption of flights around the world on a minute-by-minute basis. Please be assured that API will do everything we can to ensure that you can safely return home.
- Please refer to the CDC website for the latest updates regarding Coronavirus, including symptoms and frequently asked questions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- We also recommend following the World Health Organization (WHO) information and guidance, which is constantly updated here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/Diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public.
- WHO also has a helpful “Myth Busters” page available here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/Diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters
- For current State Department Travel Advisories, please visit this link: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
We understand that all of this information is overwhelming and making decisions about travel, attendance at events and even going out in public can be intimidating. Au Pair International continues to work directly with our host families, au pairs and partners to ensure that all are supported through all steps of their exchange experience. Please reach out should you have any additional questions or concerns.