Coronavirus (COVID-19) – advice for employees

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The advice given below is a summary of the current advice published by the UK Government on the 25th February. The full advice (which may change) can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

Cough

Difficulty in breathing

Fever

Preventing spread of infection

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it

put used tissues in the bin straight away

wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. See hand washing guidance

try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

Advice for staff returning from travel abroad within the last 14 days

These staff can continue to attend work unless they have been informed that they have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19

If individuals are aware that they have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 they should contact NHS 111 for further advice.

The latest country information is available on the following website:
https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

When should I self-Quarantine and stay off work?

If you have not been to any specified countries / areas in the last 14 days, then normal practice should continue.

If you become unwell and have travelled to China or other affected countries, then you should stay at home and call NHS 111 and explain which country you have returned from in the last 14 days and outline your current symptoms.

You will then receive advice on what to do next and whether you need to self-quarantine.

If this occurs and you have worked for ________ in the past 14 days please notify us by emailing: ________ or calling _______ on: _______.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us on the details above.

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