Concerned about Coronavirus?

13 March 2020

With the Coronavirus outbreak now officially labelled as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, you may be concerned about your family's health and the impact it has on your business. Whilst the chances of contracting the virus still remain low for the majority of us, taking precautions to stop the spread of the outbreak will keep us safe in the long run.


Here are a few tips to help you stay safe and minimise the impact to your workplace:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Maintain social distancing and in particular try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider


  • High temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • A new continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
  • Shortness of breath

If you are displaying symptoms:

  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • Stay at home for 7 days to self isolate

NHS 111 Online Coronavirus Service

Use the NHS 111 Online Coronavirus Service if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
  • Only call 111 if you cannot get help online

Further information

Follow the World Health Organisation guidelines here, including:

  • When and how to use masks
  • Myth-busters
  • Getting workplace ready