REPORTING

If you are diagnosed with the coronavirus or need to self-isolate after travelling to a high-risk area or being in close contact with someone who has a confirmed diagnosis, then it is important that you report it so that we can clean your workspace and put in place mitigations if necessary.

  1. Self-isolate  
  2. UK: Take the online NHS assessment: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19. Or if you  are in Ireland call HSE Live on 1850 24 1850 
  3. Call your line manager (don't What's app) who can contact your People Business Partner for advice
  4. You or your line manager should use the 2-1-2 reporting system to report a diagnosed case or self-isolation. Please use the Occupational Health option so that your data is protected 

Please remember to keep people’s personal and sensitive information secure.

  • We will review confirmed diagnoses on a case by case basis
  • If you self-isolate, you may be asked for proof of travel to a high risk area

I HAVE A COLD

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.

If you have cold symptoms but haven’t travelled to a high-risk area or had any contact with someone who has a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus, then if you are concerned you should take the online NHS assessment https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 and continue to work as normal.

  • We will review confirmed diagnoses on a case by case basis
  • If you self-isolate, you may be asked for proof of travel to a high risk area

WHO SHOULD SELF-ISOLATE?

Public Health England has advised that the following groups should self-isolate but again please check the government websites as this changes quickly:

  • People who have travelled back from an area where coronavirus is known to be present, have symptoms and are waiting for a test result;
  • People who are identified as being in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus;
  • Returning travellers from Hubei province in China, Iran, Italy and special care zones in South Korea, even if they do not have symptoms; and
  • Returning travellers from Mainland China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath
  • People who have a new, continuous cough and/or a high temperature (7 days in the UK)

Self-isolation requires an individual to stay at home for 14 days and to limit contact with other people.

GOVERNMENT ADVICE

Please follow the recommended guidance from the UK government and NHS

PROTECT YOURSELF 

DO

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

DON'T

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

CARING FOR OTHERS

You should follow the same guidance for people you are caring for as for yourself. If you have elderly relatives or neighbours then please monitor the Age Concern UK website and local community groups (e.g. churches). The advice at the moment is:

  • Stay in touch over the phone, by post, online or by popping over for a chat (assuming the person is allowed to have contact with others, and you take the precautions outlined above)
  • See if people need any shopping or help by running some errands
  • Encourage people to stay active around the house and keep moving

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