Image: CDC/Alissa Eckert

There is so much information and disinformation spinning around the world about the Coronavirus pandemic. Here are a few informative stories for our seafarers and maritime community. Most important – protect yourselves and others.

iCALL Helping Increasing Numbers Of Seafarers Deal With Coronavirus Concerns

A first year report into the counselling conducted by iCALL for Seafarers found that the top three mental challenges seafarers and their families raise with counsellors relate to emotional distress, relationship issues and work-life concerns.

Despite seafaring still being male-dominated, 17% of the calls received were made by females.

“It’s heartening to see a vague idea about setting up a completely anonymous psychological helpline for seafarers turn into one of the most important mental health initiatives in shipping,” said Captain Unni.

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Coronavirus fact-check: Separating fear from fact

Can you contract the novel coronavirus from your pet? How effective are face masks? CNN’s Kristie Lu Stout asks two experts some of the most common questions and claims about the pandeminc.

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COVID-19: Coronavirus Outbreak – Impact on Shipping *Update*

In response to the 2019-nCoV novel coronavirus outbreak, a number of countries, ports and organisations are publishing details of the measures being put in place.

The below is a brief summary of information we have received so far that has the potential to impact ship operations.

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What the Coronavirus Image You’ve Seen a Million Times Really Shows

A colorful 3D rendering of a spiky fuzzball has spread around the world at least as fast as the coronavirus. The image, used by news media around the world, was created by Alissa Eckert, a medical illustrator at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers – International Chamber of Shipping

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