COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
What’s the risk of coronavirus for travellers?
There are some countries and areas where there’s a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.
You may need to get medical advice if you’ve recently travelled to the UK from somewhere with a higher risk of coronavirus. These places are:
Italy – only northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini)
Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel
If you’ve been to one of these places in the last 14 days, find out what to do using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
a high temperature
shortness of breath
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
How coronavirus is spread?
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food. Viruses like coronavirus cannot live outside the body for very long.
Do I need to avoid public places?
Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places.
You only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.
How to avoid catching or spreading germs?
There are things you can do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading.
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
wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Check if you need medical help
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Use this service if:
you think you might have coronavirus
in the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus
you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
How to self-isolate if you’re asked to
If there’s a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to stay away from other people (self-isolate).
This means you should:
stay at home
not go to work, school or public places
not use public transport or taxis
ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
try to avoid visitors to your home – it’s OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food
You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection.
If you think you may be at risk, please call Simple Recruitment to advise so we can take any necessary action. Please be advised that a number of our clients will be taking steps to avoid any possible risks at their work places, please ensure whilst on assignment for Simple Recruitment you adhere to any possible precautionary measures that may have been implemented.