Business Guidelines for Coronavirus
Currently the Government is rating the risk posed by Coronavirus as moderate and is reviewing and updating its advice daily. At the moment, the advice is that people should move about, attend work and events as normal, following the hygiene advice outlined below.
The virus presents with flu-like symptoms that can lead to severe respiratory conditions, especially for those with compromised immune systems or other underlying health conditions. It is likely spread as other viruses via infected cough droplets.
With this in mind, the current advice is to minimise your risk of catching or spreading the virus as you would a common cold. You should:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze (not your hands);
- Place used tissues in the bin immediately;
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – for at least 20 seconds;
- Use hand gel or sanitizer where available;
- Avoid close contact with people who have been unwell.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
If you think you may have the virus, have recently returned from a country with the virus, or you think you have been in close contact with someone who could have the virus, you should call 111 for advice about what to do. You should also contact your place of work to advise them of your circumstances.
If there’s a chance you could have the virus, you may be asked to self-isolate which means you should stay at home and not go to work or public places, avoid public transport and ask friends or relatives to carry out errands for you. This is usually for a period of 14 days.