The UK is one of the first countries outside China to have a prototype specific laboratory test for this new disease. Healthcare professionals who are contacted by a patient with symptoms following travel to an affected area have been advised to submit samples to PHE for testing. Individuals should be treated in isolation.
f you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
You can find full stay at home guidance HERE
For information from the NHS about the virus and how to protect yourself click HERE
For information from Public Health England click HERE
To see what the health and social care system across the UK has done to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and what it plans to do next click HERE
The Government has produced guidance for Employers and Businesses
This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on:
- the novel coronavirus, COVID-19
- how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
- what to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting
- what advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas, as outlined by the Chief Medical Officer (full list is available here)
- advice for the certification of absence from work resulting from Covid-19
This guidance can be found HERE