We are dedicated to keeping our learners and staff as safe as possible throughout the Coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic. In line with latest government guidelines (announced 04/01/2021) we ask you to:

Stay Home. Stay Safe.

Please note that, until further notice, our office is closed. Our staff will continue to work remotely, but will be working from home and not be office based.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic we are dedicated to keeping our staff, visitors and learners safe.

Our Health and Safety Officer, Sam Cook, has been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to keep our Risk Assessments up to date and in line with the latest Government Guidance. If you would like to see a copy of our latest risk assessment, please visit the link below:

Nottingham Risk Assessment (last updated 21/02/2021)

Northampton Risk Assessment (last updated 21/02/2021)

Our risk assessments have been written in line with national government guidance. We will update this page as often as possible, however we would recommend you follow the government website for more updates.

How will Coronavirus affect Enable and your training/learning?

We have agreed that, in light of the threat of covid-19 to Enable’s staff and learners, we will be working from home and providing our learning courses online.

Our staff will continue to work in their own homes. This means that they will still be contactable on mobile and email. Our website and social media pages will continue to be updated by our staff. Please do not call the office phone as we will be unable to answer.

Tutors will be contacting learners to provide answers as to how their learning and development will continue during this period. We are looking into various online classroom and communication methods.

Please note that this situation will be in effect until further notice.

If you have any questions regarding our Risk Assessments and how our new way of working and learning will affect you, please contact us.

For businesses we recommend downloading the following to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic

The background:

Coronaviruses, so-called because of the spikes on their surface, were first identified in the 1960s. They are common across the world, and cause symptoms similar to flu. This new strain, novel coronavirus, was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and was notified to the World Health Organisation on 31 December. On 11 February 2020, WHO named the disease caused by novel coronavirus as COVID-19 (COronaVIrus Disease). Both ‘coronavirus’ and ‘COVID-19’ are used to refer to both the virus and the disease it causes.

How coronavirus is spread

The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person which can infect other people by touching them, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

It is spreading rapidly because it is a new strain and no one has acquired immunity to it.

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have been developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca. They have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. It’s being given to:

  • some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health care workers at high risk

The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

The current advice is to wash your hands more regularly than previously done. This includes when you arrive at work, when you get home, and when you cough or sneeze. Coughs and sneezes should be caught in a tissue and thrown away immediately, if you do not have a tissue to hand it is advisable to cough into your elbow rather than your hands. The NHS is also advising you to reduce the amount of times you touch your face.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?

The main symptoms of the coronavirus disease include a cough, high temperature and breathing difficulties.

It takes five days on average to start showing the symptoms, scientists have said, but some people will get symptoms much later than this.

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.

As with ordinary (seasonal) flu, you can be exposed to the virus but not become ill, or if they do become ill the illness may be mild, moderate or severe. As with seasonable flu a severe case can potentially cause death, primarily for people who are elderly, have a weakened immune system, or have certain pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and chronic lung disease. Symptoms of COVID-19 generally start with a fever, followed by a dry cough and about a week later, shortness of breath then breathing difficulties.

How to stay safe if you think you have coronavirus

If you develop a fever above 37.8C or a persistent cough , or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus, or have been advised to isolate via the Test and Trace app:

  • Call 119 or use the NHS Covid-19 app to book yourself a test ((only if you have symptoms)
  • stay at home and avoid close contact with other people for 7 days if you live alone or 14 days if you live with others. Anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms should also stay at home for 14 days
  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • if symptoms persist or worsen use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next

The 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help.

Sources:

BBC News website

NHS website

World Health Organisation website

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