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For those of you that know me (Helen) you know I like a good fact, however as I always add ‘it’s only as good as the day it was written and the people who contributed’

There is so much on media channels now it is scary. So, I thought these facts may make you go ‘ooooh righty’ and make you think- but not worry.

Teaching mental health first aid, this is the time it really is needed. People who are starting or are already struggling with their mental health will find this time particularly hard.

So check in with your friends daily- but through facetime, that way then you can see their facial expressions and really have that connection- you know what we all do with texts and emails… read as we are feeling, not as they are saying perhaps.

So, below are some facts- I like them, but I love a good fact!!

Please stay safe, emotionally as well as physically xx

Coronavirus Covid-19 Fascinating Facts

  1. We are told to cough into our elbow…. Why? Because a single cough can fire out over 3,000 droplets containing the virus (revolting). Knowing this helps you understand why hand washing is so important. Shaking hands should not be done and coughing into your elbow is a way to protect others around you.

 

2.  Dettol does say it kills Caronavirus which it does to a certain extent and we use this at home ourselves
However Dettol have said that it has ye to be tested on the COVID-19 strain.
You see Caronavirus has been around for a number of years and there are many viruses in this.
Bit like cars….. All the manufacturers have the different cars with different models and specifications under this brand name
Caronavirus is the same- that’s the brand…. Covid-19 is one virus under its name

3. And this is the big one, if we don’t do as we have been asked or more recently told, we are in fact potentially putting a death sentence on the lives who mean something to us. Our friends, our family and our neighbours- then the people we don’t know but the people who nevertheless do the selfless task of caring and supporting us when we are trying to breathe as our life ebbs away in hospital.

 

I have cried for the last 2 days, not filling up, not wailing- but real tears of pure sadness.

Sadness for the people I know and care about and value on the ICU wards at the hospitals- to think that I may not see them again if the disease grips them terrifies me, it really does.

Sadness for the businesses like ours, where we have put everything into making it a success for in the space of a week for it to pause like an emergency stop button has been pressed

Sadness for the people who felt the need to strip the shelves bare

Sadness for the people who need the food and can’t… because the shelves are bare……

 

I just hope that over these next few weeks things change and we see things improving. Till then, take care and keep well

 

xxx

 

CORONAVIRUS ANNOUNCEMENT

17TH March 2020

We are taking a proactive stance to the Coronavirus.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water for often – for at least 20 seconds
  2. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  3. Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  4. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve(not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  5. Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  6. Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  7. Dispose of any tissues in a bin immediately

DO NOT

Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

SYMPTOMS 

If you have any of the following symptoms you must self isolate:

  1. High temperature
  2. New continuous cough
  3. Sore throat

The current recommendation is that you DO NOT visit your GP, Pharmacy or hospital but stay at home and self isolate.  Only if the symptoms become worse should you call 111.  If you do have any of the symptoms then you must not come back into the workplace for a period of 7 days.  If someone in your household has been advised to self isolate by NHS 111 or they do have the symptoms then you must stay at home for a  period of 14 days.

Should you show the signs of the symptoms you will receive Statutory Sick Pay as per your Contract of Employment. The three Statutory Sick Pay waiting days have been wavered, you will therefore be paid from day one of your absence. If it is someone in your household that has the symptoms and you do not, you are entitled to claim Statutory Sick Pay.  Should you require time off to look after your family because of school closures etc this can be taken as a mixture of holiday and unpaid leave.  This will be agreed with your manager.

Changes with the virus are occurring daily, it is our intention to keep you updated regularly. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your manager.