16March

CORONAVIRUS

PQMS HQ 16/03/2020

Where to find the latest information:
Updates on COVID-19
Travel advice for those travelling overseas

On 12th March, the Prime Minister issued additional advice for people with a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature to self-isolate for 7 days. Further details can be found here

At this point in time, PQMS are not planning to close. We will not shut unless we are told to do so by Public Health England. We are drawing up contingency plans for a number of scenarios which might happen in the future but we hope not to have to implement these.

Updated advice for travellers returning from Italy
On 10 March, PHE updated its travel advice for travellers returning from Italy, recommending that anyone returning from Italy should self-isolate, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, call NHS 111. The advice can be found here

Self-Isolation
Further information on what you should do if you are required to self-isolate can be found here

The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way to tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water

In addition to handwashing before eating and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance

PQMS Updates and Information
We do not know exactly what may happen both in the UK and at PQMS as a result of Coronavirus. Our priority is to ensure we have a robust business continuity plan for all eventualities. We will continue to follow Government and PHE advice at all times. Our website and social media will be used to provide further updates.

PQMS cannot provide advice on personal health and individuals should seek this from their usual medical practitioner and/or from NHS 111 or the 111 online coronavirus service.

From Friday 16th March, we will be asking all contractors and visitors to PQMS sites to answer the following three questions prior to being signed onto site:

Have you or a member of your household transited or returned from a country or area with elevated incidence of COVID-19 during the past 14 calendar days?

Have you or a member of your household been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?

Are you currently unwell, with symptoms including fever/high temperature and/or a persistent cough or sore throat?

Anyone who answers ‘yes’ to any of these questions will not be signed in and asked to contact their meeting host to rearrange the meeting either by telephone/video conferencing.

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