Coronavirus – Important Guidance for Temporary Workers

Coronavirus – Important Guidance for Temporary Workers

 13 Mar 2020

Based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low. Therefore, it is very much business as usual and we have prepared some information in order for you to better understand the facts.


What is Coronavirus?


The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia, causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.


How does it spread?


Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It’s currently unclear if a person can get Coronavirus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Typically, with most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).


What steps can I take to minimise the likelihood of catching Coronavirus?


There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Every day good hygiene practice is also recommended, such as:


· Wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel, throughout the day to kill germs

· Always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin the tissue

· Wipe any equipment you are using at regular intervals during the day, as recent information suggests the virus can remain active for up to 48 hours on hard surfaces


What are the signs and symptoms?


Current symptoms reported for patients with Coronavirus have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.


What do I do if I develop the symptoms?


Speak with your recruitment consultant


Unless you have travelled to the UK from mainland Cambodia, China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, Italy, Iran, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam in the last 14 days and are experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, treat your symptoms as you would with normal fever. While the risk to people in the UK is low, the above steps can help reduce the possible spread of infection.


What do I do if I have been in contact with a confirmed case / am suffering from the Coronvirus symptoms?


· Do not go to a GP surgery or hospital

· Stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

· Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country (Scotland – phone your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours; Northern Ireland – call 0300 200 7885; Ireland – phone your GP)

· Contact your consultant to inform them and stay at home.


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