A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. The new virus of concern is covid-19.
What are the symptoms?
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has covid-19 infection:
- A cough
- A high temperature
- Shortness of breath
If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111 or go to the NHS 111 coronavirus advice website. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.
What’s the best way to prevent the spread of covid-19?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Practice social distancing – don’t shake hands or kiss as a greeting.
- If you are unwell stay at home
Additional guidance for sessions:
- Please wipe tables, chair arms and other frequently handled items before and after a session. Use disposable wipes or disinfectant.
- Display the ‘Catch, Kill & Bin’ poster.
- Have a closed bin and boxes of tissues available – use gloves for handling the bins.
- Display the ‘What to Do’ poster
- Display the handwashing poster and promote hand hygiene by making sure that staff, artists and participants have access to hand washing facilities and provide alcohol-based hand rub in prominent places.
- Ensure any crockery and cutlery in shared kitchen areas is cleaned with warm general purpose detergent and dried thoroughly before and after use.
- Avoid leaving food stuffs (e.g. crisps, cakes, open sandwiches) exposed and open for communal sharing unless individually wrapped.
- Wash your clothes between sessions
Should our employees take sick leave?
- There is currently no need for most staff or volunteers to avoid the workplace. However, remote working is available to all employees and employees who are ill should stay at home and should not attend sessions with vulnerable people.
- The government has listed high risk areas/countries by category 1 (highest risk areas) and category 2 areas.
- Employees who are symptomless but have returned from category 1 areas within the last 14 days should self-isolate for 14 days from their return.
- Employees who have returned from a category 2 area within the last 14 days and who develop symptoms should self-isolate.
- Employees who are recommended to self-isolate and are able to work from home will be paid.
- If employees are sick with the virus then they would qualify for Statutory Sick Pay subject to meeting eligibility requirements. Suffolk Artlink’s employer’s sick pay policy applies.