Coronavirus

We’ve pulled together some resources that we hope will be helpful, we’ll update this page regularly.

Employment questions

ACAS have provided useful guidance for employers and employees on Coronavirus and employment issues. This guidance is being updated daily and can be accessed here: ACAS guidance for employers and employees

The Government have introduced a new system so that employees can get isolation notes. Isolation notes will provide employees with evidence for their employers that they have been advised to self-isolate due to coronavirus, either because they have symptoms, or they live with someone who has symptoms, and so cannot work. Info here: Coronavirus isolation notes

If you are self-employed there is a coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme. If you are self-employed and eligible for this scheme you will be contacted by HMRC if you are eligible and invited to apply online. Individuals are being advised not to contact HMRC now, as doing so will delay the urgent work that is being undertaken to introduce the scheme. You can find out more about the scheme here: Self-employed Income Support Scheme.

Home Care Provision

The Government has produced guidance on Home care provision. The document goes throught a range of different scenarios, such as what should be done if someone who is being cared for has symptoms of coronavirus and also includes practical tips on cleaning and doing laundry: UK Government guidance on home care provision

The Director of Public Health for Cumbria has issued some guidance on Hand Hygiene & the use of facemasks during the coronavirus epidemic. See the link below for advice on: Hand Hygiene, Personal Protective Equipment, Fluid Repellant Surgical masks and advice for staff on conducting home visits. Hand Hygiene & use of facemasks

Free online training, Coronavirus

A free online training programme has been produced for Care & Health employees in response to Coronavirus from Health Education England. The programme includes training on infection prevention & control, and how to use Personal Protective Equipment. You do not need to register, or login to access the courses and more courses will come online in the next few days: Free online training

Key Worker Priority Childcare

Key Worker Priority Childcare, Cumbria County Council has now issued guidance about who classifies as a key worker and what they need to do to access childcare, Link here: Key Worker Priority Childcare

What to do if you have Coronavirus

What to do if you have symptoms. You should stay at home if you or someone you live with have either: a high temperature, or a new continuous cough. Check the NHS website if you have symptoms: NHS Coronavirus symptom checker

The Government has issued stay at home guidance for households with possible Coronavirus  infection, which includes what to do if you have a vulnerable person living with you: Stay at home guidance for households with Coronavirus infection

There’s also some easyread guidance about Coronavirus that you can access here: Cornavirus easyread guidance

Guidance for people who are very vulnerable

For people who are very vulnerable to Coronavirus the Government has issued some guidance on how to shield yourself from the virus. There’s also some advice included for people who care for you: Guidance for people who are very vulnerable

Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person

You can now register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food. If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, the advice is to register anyway. You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else. Get coronavirus support here

Looking after yourself

You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. Mind have produced some really useful tips about how to help your wellbeing at this difficult time Coronavirus wellbeing tips

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