We have been asked to share this guidance on Coronavirus for non-healthcare settings, published by Health Protection Scotland.
We would also like to take this opportunity to share this basic guidance for you and your staff teams, colleagues and volunteers.
Symptoms usually include
A high temperature
How to stay safe
Regularly clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with hand or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands (anyone emptying bins which might contain tissues should use disposable gloves and these should also be immediately discarded)
Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough, however mild
If you have fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices
Managers should be on the alert and send individuals home to self-quarantine if in any doubt.
Health and safety advice
If you have been in China or have been in contact with someone who may be affected in the past two weeks, the recommended health advice is to self-quarantine.
If you have returned from China in the last 14 days
Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people call NHS 111 to tell them of your recent travel
Please follow this health advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.
If you get a cough, a high temperature or feel short of breath, continue to follow this advice. DO NOT leave your house without getting advice from a doctor.
If you have been in contact with someone who has recently travelled from China or someone who has contracted the virus, self-quarantine for up to 14 days (depending on when you were in contact with them).
Where possible you will be expected to work from home during this period. Please be in direct telephone contact with your manager to discuss this.
Call 111 or your GP if you experience even mild symptoms.
Treatment for Coronavirus
There is no specific treatment currently available for Coronavirus. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms.
During this time we would urge everyone to
Minimise travel on public transport, especially international travel
In the UK, stay away from areas where the virus might be most easily spread
Cancel any planned trips to China
Discuss with your manager all other planned travel outside the UK.
Plus everyone should
Be aware of who you are with/meeting both inside and outside work and whether individuals have recently been in China or in contact with someone who has. Ask the necessary questions rather than assuming there is no risk.