With the coronavirus mentioned everywhere you turn, we understand it’s hard not to be concerned about your physical and financial well-being. So we’ve put together everything you need to know below.What is coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a still relatively new respiratory illness first discovered in China and experts believe it can be passed from person to person via droplets following a cough or sneeze.
Symptoms for the virus can vary from person to person but the initial first stages of the condition are as follows:
• High temperature
• Shortness of breath
It’s important to note these symptoms are similar to far more common illnesses such as cold or flu.
Avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
If you feel at a risk of coming into contact with the virus in your workplace, there are things you can do to keep yourself healthy.
According to the NHS, you must always:
• Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds
• Wash your hands when you get home or into work
• Use hand sanitiser if soap isn’t available
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
• Dispose of tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
• Try to avoid close contact with anyone who is unwell
Guide for employees
What do I do if have encountered someone who has tested positive for coronavirus?
A: Contact your site/manager and confirm whether you can self-isolate and contact medical professional.
What if I’ve been told to self-isolate or they think I have any of the above symptoms?
A: Visit www.nhs.uk for self-isolation advice and follow the recommended guidelines, you can also phone the NHS phoneline 111.
Sick pay: How does it work? Who is eligible?
Employees who have received a written notice to self-isolate from their GP or NHS 111 will be eligible to receive statutory sick pay (SSP), which is currently £94.25 per week. Written notice is likely to be issued by email to avoid spreading the illness further.
Regarding SSP, a recent change means you will now be paid from the first day of absence instead of the usual 4 day waiting period. This appears to be temporary and will only apply during the coronavirus epidemic, after which, sick pay may revert to the previous position.
If you require any more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll do our very best to help you out.