Dear Angel Staff,
Due to the World Health Organisation now classifying the Coronavirus as a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’, we feel it is important for your health and those of our clients to share the following information and guidance with you.
Coronavirus update – Government advice following Boris Johnson’s recent update: What you need to do now as of 11.05.2020
You can access NHS SUPPORT HERE
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- You must keep your distance if you go out 2m (6ft) away from anyone at all times
- Wash your hands regularly
- Self-isolate if you or anyone else in your household has symptoms.
Coronavirus Fact Sheet – Coronavirus ~ COVID-19
Coronaviruses can make humans and animals sick. Some coronaviruses can cause illness like the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases, including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). This new coronavirus started in Hubei Province, China. The virus was renamed (11th Feb 2020) SARS-CoV-2 and the disease the virus causes is now called COVID-19.
While coronavirus is of concern, it is important to remember that most people displaying symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or tiredness is likely suffering with a cold or other respiratory illness not coronavirus.
How is it spread?
The coronavirus is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:
- Direct close contact with a person while they are infectious
- Close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes, or;
- Touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.
How can we help stop it spreading?
Practising good hand and sneeze / cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. You must:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating and after going to the toilet.
- Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues and use alcohol -based hand -sanitiser
- If unwell, avoid contact with others (touching, kissing, hugging etc.)
- By adapting the government guidance on ‘social distancing’. Try to avoid large gatherings, busy commuting times and work from home if possible.
Should people wear face coverings on public transport?
If you can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example on public transport or in some shops. The evidence suggests that face coverings can help us protect each other and reduce the spread of the disease if you are suffering from coronavirus, but not showing symptoms.
If people choose to wear them, we are asking people to make their own face coverings at home, using scarves or other textile items. We are publishing guidance to help illustrate the process.
We urge the public not to purchase medical or surgical masks as these should be reserved for health and social care workers.
Social Distancing and Vulnerable People
The government has issued guidance that strongly advises people who are at a higher risk of catching coronavirus (‘vulnerable people’) to take strict social distancing measures.
People that are at higher risk include, but are not limited to, those who:
- have a long-term health condition, for example asthma, diabetes or heart disease, or a weakened immune system as the result of medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- are pregnant
- are aged 70 or over
- care for someone with a health condition that might put them at a greater risk
What are the symptoms?
If you have been;
- To Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14days
- To other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14days
- To Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14days
- Lockdown areas in Northern Italy or Iran in the last 14days
- In close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus
- And, have a high temperature, cough, shortness of breath (even mild)
- You may be at risk of having been in contact with someone who has the virus, SARS-CoV-2
If you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:
- Stay at home for 7 days if you live alone
- Stay at home for 14 days if you live with others.*
- Notify your manager and not go to work, school or public areas
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
- You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home (people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms will not be tested)
- Avoid having visitors
- Ask friends, family or delivery services to drop off any food or medicines that you might need / run other errands on your behalf
- Don’t use taxis or public transport
* If you are living with others displaying symptoms even if you do not, you must still stay at home for 14 days.
This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Handwashing Techniques to Stay Healthy
Follow these five steps every time:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. How long? Hum the ‘Happy Birthday’ song from beginning to end twice
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Please follow the link for latest information and guidance HERE
Here at Angel Recruitment, we are doing our best to keep you safe and healthy. All our consultants are keeping up to date with the latest information and if you need any advice, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Please click the link below for access to an easy guide to staying safe. You can download, save to your phone and share this poster to your colleagues, friends and family. CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR EASY TO READ PREVENTION GUIDE
Also don’t forget to read the NO PANIC GUIDE HERE