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Coronavirus: resources and information
This section of our website is dedicated to compiling resources and information of the many different aspects of supporting our members and community through the coronavirus health crisis. It will be updated regularly. Please scroll down for sections on mental health, funding and finance questions and tips for working from home.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
Wash your hands regularly
Maintain social distancing of 2 metres.
A face–covering, like a mask, is mandatory on public transport in England and Scotland. Children under 5 are exempt in Scotland. Children under 11 and people with certain health conditions are exempt in England. Face masks are compulsory in shops in Scotland and England.
ADVICE ON AVOIDING CONTACT WITH THE CORONAVIRUS INFECTION (COVID–19)
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
always wash your hands when you get home or into work
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
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 and wash your hands afterwards
avoid contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
work from home if you can
only travel on public transport if you absolutely have to, such as going to work, providing care or help for a vulnerable person, or for medical reasons
use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
maintain social distance of two metres
touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
The following symptoms may develop after exposure to someone who has the coronavirus:
A new continuous cough
Difficulty in breathing
Loss of sense of smell or taste
You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self–isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Statutory Sick Pay will be paid from day one instead of day four for those affected by the coronavirus.