There is an awful lot of misinformation about Coronavirus. Also medical advice changes as we learn more about how the virus works.
I can’t advise you any differently or any more accurately than those who have first hand knowledge of progress of the disease and treatments.
But I can provide the proper links that will take you to the latest information as it is updated.
Advice is divided up as:
- For the individual/employee – about work, your rights, sick pay, furlough
- For the professional (Medical and Nursing) – PPE, social distancing, barrier nursing
- Company owners, Schools, HR and Managers – Government help and support. Best practice
How to wash your hands in 46 seconds
Individual or Employee
- General help – go to NHS 111 on line to check if you might have symptoms of coronavirus
- Gov.UK advice: what you can and can’t do during the lockdown
- Gov.UK: People with animals advice
- NHS Advice for everyone:
- If you live in Scotland
- Or Northern Ireland
Out and About
How to make your own face mask from a tee-shirt (for outside not for hospitals) step by step instructions from the UK Gov: https://bit.ly/2yLVLn9
Sick pay: There is anxiety around this and these links will help:
- You can get £94.25 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks.
- If you are staying at home because of COVID-19 you can now claim SSP.
- To check your sick pay entitlement, you should talk to your employer, and visit the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) page for more information.
- If you are sick you can get an isolation note (also called a sick note or fitnote) by visiting NHS 111 online – no need to visit a doctor.
Self-employed or not eligible for Statutory Sick Pay?
A new style Employment and Support Allowance allows access to paymentf from the first day of sickness if you have COVID-19 or have to stay at home.
What is a Furloughed worker?
If your employer agrees; you might be able to stay on the payroll if they’re unable to operate or have no work for you to do because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Called ‘on furlough’.
- You could get paid 80% of your wages, up to £2,500 per month.
- If your salary is reduced as a result of these changes, you may be eligible for support through the welfare system, including Universal Credit.
- Check here if you are covered by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
Company owners, Schools, HR and Managers
- Gov UK latest guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges, local authorities
- Travelling overseas advice
- Gov UK Guidance for employers and businesses on Coronavirus
Health Professionals Advice from NHS England
- Primary Care Resources: covers facts, prevention, infection control, assessment, management, discharge, isolation, workforce and much more
- Secondary Care: same as above but applied to this instance and speciality guides and much more
- Community health, social care, mental health trusts and ambulance services – everything from a different perspective
NICE Guidelines and evidence summaries on Covid 19
- Critical care in adults – admission, critical care, algorithm to support decision making
- Managing symptoms – cough, fever, breathlessness, medicines etc
- Pneumonia in the community – communications, treatment and care planning
Plus much more
- Infection prevention and control from gov uk
- Everything from health surveillance to different industrial advice – fantastic achievement from the SOM. Some great links and resources – so much.
- From Nick Pahl (SOM) download on hand care to go on your hospital/organsation intranet
Safety Professionals: Highlights from HSE
- RIDDOR reporting of COVID19 – Someone diagnosed with COVID-19 due to their work should be reported under RIDDOR because this as an exposure to a biological agent. For example, a health care professional who is diagnosed with COVID-19 after treating patients with COVID-19.
- Face Fit Testing – Download poster from the HSE showing how to put a FFP mask on.
- First Aid Cover during Coronavirus outbreak – relaxed
- OSHA has made classifying worker exposure to Corona Virus easier with a one-page chart, titled Worker Exposure Risk to COVID-19. Download the complete risk assessment guide here: https://bit.ly/2T76bF0
Lots of other information too.
World Health Organization
This advice may clash with the advice from the UK Government.
Plus much more.
- The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020
- Current number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in UK
- To read the history of the disease and comparisons with other similar outbreaks read the full article here
- What is contact tracing and how it works: Explanation from the BBC here
- Coronavirus anxiety workbook – free download (thanks to Jo Jenkins)
- Rebuilding Britain after Corona Virus – plan in full from UK Gov
Thinking of you all, especially those who are struggling, unwell or grieving.
If you know of other useful, current and evidence based sites that would help others please drop me the link so I can check it out and add.
14th May 2020