COVID-19

The news is full of often garish headlines about the coronavirus outbreak. We don’t want to ignore the risk, however neither do we want panic. 

In normal life we can slow spread and reduce risk by: washing hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol based hand wash (for 20 seconds), washing hands when arriving at home or work, avoiding rubbing mouth, eyes or nose, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue which should be safely disposed of. 

The following is taken from the NHS website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • Shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

It's very unlikely to be coronavirus if:

  • you have not been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus
  • you have not been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus in the last 14 days – see our coronavirus advice for travellers

If you think you might have coronavirus, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.


Finally:

HSE have published some very good and sensible advice  for business at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19

In addition the government have given extensive information at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public