As the number of confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases continues to rise it’s important that we collectively take responsibility to understand what COVID-19 is and how we can prevent it from spreading, particularly in environments where individuals are more vulnerable. There are a number of resources and guides that have been published to provide advice and guidance, including the Governments guidance for social or community care and residential settings and the World Health Organisations website.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are types of viruses which cause different illness such as the common cold to other more severe diseases such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). The current out break of Coronavirus, known formally as COVID-19 is a new strand of virus which has never been identified in humans before. The World Health Organisation explain in more detail what COVID-19 is in this short video:
What are the Symptoms of COVID:19?
The incubation period for this particular form of Coronavirus is 2-14 days. This means that if someone who has been in contact with an individual with confirmed COVID-19 and develops the following symptoms within 2-14 days they would be classed as a case for having contracted the virus:
- difficulty breathing
These symptoms maybe be more severe in those who already have weakened immune systems or those who have other underlying heath issues.
How does COVID-19 Spread?
The virus is believed to be spread as a result of having close contact with an infected individual – The longer the period of contact is, the more likely the virus will be transmitted from one person to another.
- Infection can be spread to people who are nearby (within 2 metres) or possibly could be inhaled into the lungs
- by touching a surface, object or the hand of an infected person that has been contaminated with respiratory secretions and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes (such as touching door knob or shaking hands then touching own face). Our current understanding is that the virus doesn’t survive on surfaces for longer than 72 hours.
How to prevent the spread of Coronavirus: COVID-19?
There are a number of simple things that can be done to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus these include:
- Covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
- Avoiding close contact with those who are unwell
- Washing hands regularly with soap and water /alcohol based hand rub
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Regularly clean surfaces and objects which are used frequently.
Watch the World Health Organisations video on how to protect yourself against COVID-19:
What to do if an employee or resident becomes unwell?
If an individual has come into contact with someone who is believed to have the COVID-19 virus or been to an area believed to have been infected, they should be isolated in a separate room, if this is not possible they should be moved at least 2 metres away from any other people until medical advice can be sought. Point 8 onwards of the Government guidelines outlines what to do should you or someone you work with become unwell.
If you are a current Nourish client and would like to get in touch to discuss the controls we are putting in place to prevent the potential spread of infection please email firstname.lastname@example.org .