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Coronavirus (Covid - 19) Key Points Advice From NW BT Unions H&S Co-ord

CWU Union Safety Rep and North West BT Unions Co-ord member Brian Coupland, has put together some basic advice for CWU T&FS members, which can be read in conjuction with previous information provided by Co-ord member Derek Maylor.

Pic: Brian CouplandAny advice being repeated serves to remind people of the seriousness of this virus and to encourage workers to act responsibly for both their own health and that of their work colleagues.

The following advice can be downloaded in PDF format for printing and further circulation here

Covid-19 Symptoms: 

A cough, high temperature and shortness of breath, similar to cold and flu

If you think you have the virus, self-isolate and call 111 for advice

Should we be worried?

In the UK we have moved from the containment to delay stage to slow the spread.  The WHO (World Health Organisation) say it is still containable - don't panic! 

How to minimise spread of infection 

There are simple things we can do to minimise the risk - wash hands frequently, avoid touching surfaces, wash on arrival at work, returning home, before meal times and avoid touching eyes, ear or nose.

Who are susceptible? 

Older people and ones with underlying health issues - 4 in 5 will will have milder symptoms - it can take up 5 days to show

Best Practice

Wash hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol rub if unavailable. If possible sneeze into paper tissues and dispose of immediately - if not use the crook of the arm.
Hand-washing 

Roll up the sleeves, scrub all areas including the nails and between fingers and under jewellery.Turn off tap with a dry paper towel and discard immediately.

If unsure, watch available videos how to thoroughly wash hands

https://www.nhs.uk/video/pages/how-to-wash-hands.aspx

Myths - masks are unnecessary - incorrect use can make matters worse

About Coronavirus  - it is suspected the virus spreads through water droplets from the mouth or nose. The virus can remain on surfaces for up to 72 hours

Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus, including the current situation in the UK and information, can be found here:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice

See also: Health Alert - Coronavirus (Covid-19) Advice To CWU T&FS Members



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