Latest update Covid-19 (17.03.2020)
Following the briefing from the Prime Minister on Monday 16th March, you will be aware that there has been significant developments in the advice given to the public. The most significant is the point about whole households. It says: 'whole household' isolation for 14 days should ANY member of the family show symptoms of the Covid-19 virus. So, if anyone within a household has the following symptoms:
- Continuous cough (which COVID19 former sufferer's have reported to be a very dry cough with no sputum);
- High temperature.
The whole household needs to self-isolate for 14 days from the time of onset of the symptoms to the household member. If an individual living alone displays the symptoms above, they need to self-isolate for 7 days from time of onset. The experience so far tends to show that persons exposed to COVID19 can take 2-5 days before they show any symptoms, hence the lag between 7 & 14 days in the advice.
Should you have any queries regarding this, the Government link is: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The Government website has also made clear and specified what groups of pupils & staff should self-isolate & remain away from School. The website states that this guidance is likely to last 'for some weeks'.
The affected groups are:
- under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- those who are pregnant
The link to the relevant Government 'social distancing advice is https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
The link to Royal College of Obstetrician advice is https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/
If you should have to isolate, the absence will be authorised at school.
Finally, can we just emphasise that we do not get any advance notification or warning about the government's plans or guidance. We receive the news and updates from the government at the same time as the general public and therefore we appreciate your patience in enabling us to respond accordingly.