CONVID 19 – COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.
It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
However, if you have these symptoms it does not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
On the 13th March 2020, anyone with a high temperature or continuous cough is being advised to stay at home for 7 days.
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough.
This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. The NHS will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms
Please use the coronavirus helpline NHS 111 if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help
How it is spread & preventing the spread of infection
The spread of COVID-19 is most likely
to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres) with an infected person. These
are some of the things you can do to help stop viruses like coronavirus
- 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 immediately.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Please contact your local branch if :
- You are waiting for a COVID-19 test result
- You have been identified as being a close contact of someone with coronavirus
- You have a continuous cough or high temperature.
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What should I do if a school has sent everyone home because a member of staff or pupil is being tested for coronavirus?
Please contact your local branch of Apollo immediately where we can advise you. Current guidance states you would need to self isolate if you have been in close contact with someone who has Coronavirus. If you have not been in close contact you can continue as normal unless you present with symptoms.
Will I get paid if schools close due to COVID 19?
If you are a supply worker who works on daily and short-term bookings, unfortunately you will not be entitled to receive any pay if the schools are closed as there will be no work available.
If you are in a long-term supply booking and the school closes, it is at the school’s discretion as to whether they continue to pay you for those days. Please discuss this with your Apollo Consultant.
Should I contact the office if I have any Coronavirus symptoms?
You should contact your Apollo branch immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:
- a continuous cough, or
- high temperature, or
- a cough, high temperature and shortness of breath.
- Been in close contact with someone who has COVID 19.
Statutory Sick Pay
If you are required to self isolate please contact our finance department. We will be on hand to answer all questions. You will be entitled to claim SSP for 14 days if you are required to self isolate due to Coronavirus, paid either through ourselves or the government depending on eligibility. The 2020 Budget made it easier for those who do not qualify for SSP to claim benefits such as Universal Credit and Contributory Employment Support Allowance. Please contact Danielle who is head of payroll on 01656 729006 option 1 to discuss concerns you may have.