COVID-19 general advice

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What is coronavirus/COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a type of virus that are common across the globe. COVID-19, which has been simplified to just “coronavirus” is a new strain of the disease. The incubation period of the virus is between two and 14 days, with an average incubation period of five days. The virus can be spread by coming within two metres of an infected person or by touching a surface, object or the hand of an infected person with the virus.


What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of the disease that may develop within 14 days of being infected include:

  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Loss or change to sense of taste or smell

The symptoms can be more severe in older people and those with weakened immune systems or long-term health conditions. For more information on the symptoms of COVID-19, visit the NHS website. For the most recent guidance on coronavirus symptoms and self-isolation, click here.



For information on testing for essential workers and their households, click here.


What to do if a staff member needs time off to care for an infected person

Employees have a right to time off to care for dependents in an unexpected event or emergency situation. Although there is no entitlement to statutory sick pay in these instances, some businesses offer this as part of their workplace policy.