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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:

  1. For the individual/employee – about work, your rights, sick pay, furlough
  2. For the professional (Medical and Nursing) – PPE, social distancing, barrier nursing
  3. Company owners, Schools, HR and Managers – Government help and support. Best practice

First though:

How to wash your hands in 46 seconds

Individual or Employee

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

instructions on how to make your own face mask

GOV.UK: Guidance for Employees

Going to work

Staying at home

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?

Make a claim for Universal Credit or new style Employment and Support Allowance.

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’.

Company owners, Schools, HR and Managers

Health Professionals Advice from NHS England

NICE Guidelines and evidence summaries on Covid 19

Plus much more

Occupational Health:

Safety Professionals: Highlights from HSE

Lots of other information too.

World Health Organization

This advice may clash with the advice from the UK Government.

Plus much more.

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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

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