Securities & Derivates Industry Association

- COVID-19 -


As members and associates of SDIA, you must be well-informed about the COVID-19. We understand the difficulties and challenges of our members and associates, particularly about working amidst the pandemic. There is no doubt that the economy of every nation has been greatly affected by the pandemic. This is also the case with Australia.

The reality is that the financial services industry has also been greatly impacted. Various stocks have seen their prices fall thanks to the pandemic. Even more, various financial services organisations have had to work from home. This brings a new whole perspective to the industry. Regardless, amidst work, it is necessary that everyone stays safe and healthy.

Therefore, we would like to make it easier for you by bringing the necessary information about the pandemic to you.

How Does the Virus Spread?

The coronavirus commonly known as covid-19 spreads very easily from one person to another majorly through one of these channels.

  • People who are in close contact or crowded places together; usually within 6 feet of one another.
  • The nasal channel and droplets that come out of an infected person’s nose, e.g., coughing, sneezing, talking, spitting, etc. when these droplets of an infected person are inhaled by someone else, the virus is ingested into their body system, and they also become infected.
  • Note that infected persons who do not exhibit the symptoms can also transmit the virus to someone else.

What Are the Not So Common Means Through Which the Virus Can Be Spread?

The virus can be spread to persons within enclosed spaces with improper ventilation. This implies that the COVID-19 virus can also be airborne. The virus can also be spread when a person comes in contact with a contaminated surface such as table-top or high touch areas like door handles, faucets, switches etc.

How Can One Prevent the Risk of Exposure?

Prevention of the virus is not a day-job; neither is it a one-person job. It takes everyone’s collective effort at SDIA to prevent the risk of being exposed or contracting the virus. All members, staff, volunteer and associate of the Securities and Derivatives Industry Association are expected to adhere to the following:

  • Wash your hands frequently. This is arguably the most important of all covid-19 prevention practices. This is because it is the most easily transferable channel for the virus is through the hands. As such, it is necessary to wash the hands as many times as possible. Make use of a hand wash or sanitise your hands with an alcohol-based sanitiser.
  • Before, during, and after the process of hand washing, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Do not touch these places at all, if possible.
  • Resist close contact with other persons. This safety rule is applicable at all times, irrespective of wherever you are. When you are indoors, avoid touching sick persons, and make sure you keep a distance of at least 6 feet away from the nearest person.
  • Cover your nose and mouth properly with a nose mask at all times, especially when outside. This will help prevent people from getting or spreading the virus.