This article contains some useful information and links regarding Covid 19 including volunteering, employment and mental health.
Self isolation and fit notes
Isolation fit notes to provide to your employer beyond the first seven days of self isolation can now be obtained online by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 Guidance on this can be found here
The government website states: For the first seven days off work, employees can self-certify so they don’t need any evidence for their employer. After that, employers may ask for evidence of sickness absence. Where this is related to having symptoms of coronavirus or living with someone who has symptoms, the isolation note can be used to provide evidence of the advice to self-isolate.
Ibuprofen and COVID 19
According to the NHS “there is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (Covid-19) worse, until we have more information take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you.”
The BBC state that “Those already taking ibuprofen for other conditions should not stop without consulting a doctor, though.”
NHS Steps to protect yourself
The best way to protect yourself and help prevent infection is to:
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Use tissues to catch coughs and sneezes, then put them in the bin and wash your hands
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
The CDC provide clear guidance on Covid 19 from prevention to ending isolation
The BBC has a dedicated Cornavirus section on its website containing videos, latest news, advice and information.
The British government website has a wealth of information on Covid 19 including travel information, infection figures and updates on actions being taken.
The NCVO, who “champions the voluntary sector and volunteering” has articles regarding keeping staff, volunteers and visitors safe, contingency plans and finance issues.
ACAS offers advice for employees and employers on working from home, good practices and other HR and legal aspects of work and employment.
Mind has articles on maintain good mental health during isolation and the Covid 19 virus crisis.
Should you wish to volunteer in Bristol to help during the Covid pandemic , you can register at Can do Bristol.
CIPD (UKs recognised HR professional body) has articles for employers on various areas such as developing flexible plans and mental health