Coronavirus Information for all Juniper employees

Coronavirus Information for all Juniper employees

The health, welfare and safety of all Juniper colleagues and our customers is the number one priority for the business.

To inform and offer advice to colleagues and customers of Juniper Ventures we have detailed below a number of frequently asked questions:

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a type of respiratory virus.  As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world, seasonal influenza is a coronavirus.  Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.  Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

What are the symptoms?

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever, runny nose, a cough or a shortness of breath that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing breathing difficulties.  Please be aware that these symptoms are similar to influenza and other respiratory viruses.

What are the precautionary measures I should take?

• Ensure good hand hygiene – wash your hands regularly with soap and hot water or use an alcohol gel (that contains at least 60% alcohol) if no soap or hot water is available. Especially:

o Before leaving home

o On arrival at work

o After using the toilet

o After breaks or sporting activities

o Before food preparation

o Before eating food including snacks

o Before leaving work/education

• Ensure good respiratory hygiene – cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing using a flexed elbow or disposable tissue if possible, and put the tissue in the bin immediately after and wash your hands. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it!

• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Is it safe for me to attend work?

Health authorities in the UK (HPS/PHE) have stated that the risk of infection to individuals is low.  You should continue as normal, being conscious of the good hygiene practices described above, which will help prevent the spread of any coronavirus, including this outbreak and the regular seasonal influenza.  

If you have flu like symptoms then you should stay at home and not attend work or educational setting.

If you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague please call NHS on 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

The safety and wellbeing of staff and customers is paramount, and we are continuously monitoring the situation for further changes. If you have any concerns please speak to your Area Manager.

What are the current risk levels of me contracting coronavirus?

Based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.  This permits the government to plan for all eventualities.  The risk to individuals remains low.

How is coronavirus spread between people?

Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses spread by droplets generated in coughs and sneezes.

I have heard that someone who attends my workplace/my child’s school/etc. is being tested/assessed as a possible case. What should I do?

To date there have been no notifications.  You do not need to take any specific actions as long as you/your children remain well.  When a positive case is identified the NHS will undertake contact tracing to identify anyone who meets agreed criteria as a close contact.  Specific advice will then be offered depending on the level of contact you have had.

Contact tracing may also be undertaken for people undergoing testing before confirmation is received if the case is severely unwell.

If you think you may be a contact of someone who is being tested or assessed for coronavirus and you develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, you should NHS 24 by dialling 111 from any telephone or mobile.

Face masks for the general public, pupils or students, or staff are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments.

What do I do if I have travelled recently to an infected area?

Information as at 27th February 2020

People who have returned from Category 1 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days should self-isolate. This includes avoiding attending an education setting or work until 14 days after they return.

Category 1 countries include:

• Wuhan City and Hubei Province, China

• Iran

• Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea)

• Any Italian town under containment measures

 People who have returned from Category 2 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days, are advised to stay at home if they develop symptoms. All other pupils or students and staff should continue to attend school or university, including their siblings attending the same or a different school (unless advised not to by public health officials).

Category 2 counties include:

  • Cambodia

• China

• Hong Kong

• Italy (north)

• Japan

• Laos

• Macau

• Malaysia

• Myanmar

• Republic of Korea

• Singapore

• Taiwan

• Thailand

• Vietnam