Written on 06-Mar-2020
The Coronavirus is a challenging health issue and the government and health experts are constantly reviewing the situation. As such, while this guidance is up to date from the REC at the time of writing – it will be updated as and when any changes are required.
The health and safety of all our temporary workers and employees is our top priority, so we have put together some helpful advice and tips for you to keep up to date with.
We advise you to stay updated with the government guidance – this is a fast-moving area and the guidance is being updated daily at 2 p.m.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice on the gov.uk website includes:
Additional guidance is likely to be added to the gov.uk website so do review this regularly, putting ‘coronavirus’ into the search function.
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 UK from low to moderate.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
At the time of writing the common symptoms are:
How can I ensure my hygiene protects myself and others?
The current guidance is to:
I have recently travelled to an affected area – what steps should I take?
The countries and regions that are categorised as ‘affected areas’ are being updated regularly. You should check via the latest government guidance which countries have been affected and the latest guidance for travellers to those places.
At the time of writing, people who have returned from affected areas are being advised to stay away from their GP surgeries if they feel that that may have been exposed and to call 111 instead for medical advice.
This global health incident is continually evolving and information is being updated on an ongoing basis.
Guidance issued at present may look very different to that issued in the coming days, weeks or months as the containment of the virus progresses.
What is important is that we remain vigilant, we communicate and we support each other.
Further information and when to seek medical assistance
Presently people are advised to contact the NHS 111 number if they feel unwell or if they may have been exposed to the Coronavirus. They should not go to the GP if as they could spread the virus if they have it.