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Useful information for employers and employees about the Coronavirus

COVID-19 or Coronavirus is becoming a top priority for employers around the world. This developing pandemic event is putting pressure on already stretched employers to do more to keep up to date and protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. As the UK moves into the delay phase of the coronavirus outbreak, we will keep you up to date with consolidated advice from reputable sources.

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UK Government action plan:

What the health and social care system across the UK has done to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and what it plans to do next.

PHE advice:

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).

WHO advice and updates:

Latest updates and advice on COVID-19 from the World Health Organisation (WHO)


Government support for charities:

News - Chancellor sets out extra £750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities


Information on UK government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furloughing workers):

Find out if you’re eligible, and how much your employer can claim if they put you on temporary leave ('furlough') because of coronavirus (COVID-19).


Information on UK Government Self Employed Income Support Scheme:

Support available for the self-employed or members of a partnership in the UK who have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19).


RIDDOR reporting and coronavirus:

Making a report under RIDDOR during the coronavirus pandemic


International SOS – useful daily updates and information by region:

International SOS is monitoring the global COVID-19 situation closely and updating its website regularly as more information becomes available.


NHS Overview- Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Read in full on the NHS website

Symptoms of coronavirus 

  • a cough 
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. 

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. 

How coronavirus is spread 

Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food. 

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus 


  • 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 straight away and wash your hands afterwards 
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean 

What to do if you think you might have coronavirus

If you think you might have coronavirus or you've been in close contact with someone who has it: stay at home and avoid close contact with other people

Treatment for coronavirus 

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus. Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness. You'll need to stay in isolation away from other people until you've recovered. 


Recent travel 

There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus. 

If you've recently travelled abroad, see coronavirus advice for travellers to find out what to do. 

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital, instead use the NHS 111 (UK only) online coronavirus service to find out what to do nextThe 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help. Use the 111 coronavirus service   


Scotland: call your GP surgery or call 111 if your surgery is not open 

Wales: call 111 

Northern Ireland: call 111 

General employee and employer advice 

For employers and employees Acas has put together some advice.



World Health Organisation


National Travel Health Network and Centre / National Health Pro

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work



Indian Bureau of Immigration

Indian High Commission

World Health Organisation



UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention

World Health Organisation



Ministry of Public Health

World Health Organisation



The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control

World Health Organisation

Safety Management Magazine

You can also keep up to date on the latest news around coronavirus via our online Safety Management magazine:

Why is handwashing important to stop the spread of coronavirus? 

Indian businesses urged to join fight against COVID-19

Coronavirus and the workplace: the latest

Coronavirus another reason to promote home working, says lawyer

Panic buying face masks risks global shortage, warn WHO