Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the below advice regarding coronavirus. We’ve also put together some frequently asked questions for you to download. To find out how we are supporting our clients, click here.
Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- If you attend an establishment where there is no PPE available, you must report this to your branch immediately.
For further information on PPE in a care setting, please refer to Gov.uk
For further advice please refer to the NHS online
If people wish to check their symptoms, please refer them to the NHS 111 online tool
What is coronavirus? Find out more
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
How is coronavirus transmitted?
Coronaviruses are mainly transmitted by large respiratory droplets and direct or indirect contact with infected secretions. They have also been detected in blood, faeces and urine and, under certain circumstances, airborne transmission is thought to have occurred from respiratory secretions and faecal material.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
Call 111 if you think you might have coronavirus and keep your Nurseplus branch team informed.
If you or someone in your household has either of the above symptoms please follow the Governments isolation advice
General advice on whether you are "high risk" and what is self-isolation?
General advice on what you can do to avoid catching or spreading infection
There's currently no vaccine for coronavirus, but there are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading:
Infection control when working in a healthcare setting
If you're planning to travel abroad please check the country by country travel advice on GOV.UK
#stayhome if you or a member of your household are experiencing symptoms. Do not go to a GP surgery or hospital. Stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people, use the NHS online tool.