Gold Achievers Care Health Guidance concerning Coronavirus (Covid-19)
The health and safety of our patients and staff are of the utmost importance to Gold Achievers Care, and we appreciate the growing concerns over Covid-19. We are constantly monitoring the advice regarding the spread of Covid-19 both in the UK and abroad, through regular updates from Public Health England (PHE), our commissioners and the Department of Health. At present, the company’s advice is to follow the national guidance which is to call 111 or use the 111 online services.
Guidance on managing coronavirus issues at work
The risks from Covid-19 are still very much present in the workplace and it is important to remember that employers have a duty of care towards their employees to protect the health and safety of their workforce. This information is being continually checked and updated.
The World Health Organization (WHO) explains that coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). This particular episode has been named “Covid-19” and appeared in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.
The symptoms include a fever, cough, shortness of breath and loss or change of sense of smell or taste. Some people may suffer from a mild illness and recover easily, while in other cases, infection can progress to pneumonia. Reports suggest that the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease are the most susceptible to serious illness and death. Symptoms can appear in as few as two days after infection or as long as 14 days.
The virus is said to most likely spread from person to person through:
- direct contact with a person while they are infectious
- contact with droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes
- touching objects or surface that were contaminated by droplets from secretions coughed or sneezed from an infected person with a confirmed infection.
While our risk is low there are key pieces of advice, we believe will reduce the risk of exposure to the virus:
- Handwashing with soap and water as recommended by PHE and in line with the infection control policy and handwashing poster that is available in every care package folder
- Cleaning hard surfaces regularly
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing it in a bin
- Avoid touching your mouth or face with unwashed hands
- Wearing appropriate personal protective equipment such as gloves and aprons
If you are worried about your symptoms, have had contact with someone who has tested positive, have travelled to a high risk country, or have any concerns at all, please contact 111 who will advise you on the next steps.
You may then be given a reference number so that if necessary, this can be given to your package/line manager/on call manager
The following link is for anyone to look at the latest information:
Go to NHS.UK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself.
Employers have a duty of care towards their employees which includes not exposing them to unnecessary risk. In this case, that may include not putting them in a position in which they could become infected by the virus without taking all reasonable precautions.
Your duty of care, where coronavirus is concerned, may differ depending on an employee’s specific circumstances, for example, if they are in the risk category, for example over 70 or if they have underlying conditions.