A coronavirus is a type of virus that can affect your lungs and airways. In December 2019, a new strain of coronavirus named COVID-19, transmitted from animals to humans, was identified in Wuhan City, China. The virus is now spreading in several countries around the world including the UK.
On 5th March COVID-19 was added to the list of notifiable diseases and SARS-COV-2 to the list of notifiable causative agents. All cases must be reported to Public Health England / Health Protection Scotland.
The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the those of other common illnesses such as the cold or flu. Typical ailments include a cough, high temperature and shortness of breath.
Infections can range from mild to serious, with severe cases leading to pneumonia, respiratory failure, or septic shock. Those most at risk of death are the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.
As it is a new virus, the exact way in which the virus passes from person to person has not been confirmed yet similar viruses are know to spread from cough droplets.
The best way in which we can limit the spread of this potentially life-threatening illness and protect ourselves, our children, and everyone around us, is to practice good hygiene. There are a number of things that we can do to stop germs from spreading including:
If you or anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
In the interest of protecting yourselves and others do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.
In order to protect the children and families We provide care for, ourselves , we are keeping up to date with the latest government advice and ensuring that my hygiene and illness policies are strictly adhered to.
Failure to follow government advice, official health guidelines, or refusing to support the nursery with the procedures outlined above will be taken very seriously and may result in the immediate termination of our childcare contract.
We would be very grateful if you can support us in our efforts to help minimise the risk and protect our children and families.
If you have any questions regarding coronavirus management procedures within our setting, please do not hesitate to discuss them with management