We have all heard about the growing threat of Corvid-19 (Coronavirus). Here at Enable we are dedicated to keeping our learners and staff as safe as possible.

We ask you to:
Stay Home. Stay Safe.

Please note that as of 5pm 20th March 2020 our office is closed. Our staff will continue to work remotely, but will be working from home and not office based.

Latest updates (as of 25th March 2020)

On 11th March 2020 the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus is now classified as a pandemic. A pandemic is declared when a new disease for which people do not have immunity spreads around the world beyond expectations.

The UK has issued guidelines for how to slow the spread of the virus. The government will be giving daily televised briefings regarding the outbreak from 16th March. Currently the government is advising people to:

  • Stay at home. Unless you need to go food shopping or are a “key worker”. You can only go out for one form of exercise a day
  • all workers, apart from “key workers”, are to work from home
  • all pubs, clubs, gyms, theatres and other social gathering places have been closed for the foreseeable future
  • stop all unnecessary travel
  • those with the most serious health conditions should be largely shielded from social contact for 12 weeks
  • Schools are to close to all children from 20th March apart from children of “key workers”

Police in the UK will have the power to break up public gatherings of more than 2 people out in public who do not share a household. Police are also stopping drivers and asking people why they are out of their homes.

How will this affect Enable and your training/learning?

Our board of trustees and our CEO have agreed that, in light of the threat of covid-19 to Enable’s staff and learners, as of 5pm Friday 20th March Enable’s office will close.

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 are currently 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.

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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). In practice, both ‘coronavirus’ and ‘COVID-19’ are used to refer to both the virus and the disease it causes.

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.

It is spreading rapidly because it is a new strain and no one has acquired immunity to it. At present there is no vaccine and the latest information is that it could be a year before a reliable vaccine becomes widely available. Current information is that a vaccine is beginning to be tested.

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?

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, a person 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.

What to do if you think you might 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:

  • 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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