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NHS Western Isles says it is of vital importance that everyone who has to attend their workplace follows safety precautions at all times (indoors & outdoors) whilst at work, including:

  • 2 metre physical distancing;
  • wearing a face mask/covering (covering both mouth & nose, and tight to your face);
  • keeping hands and hard surfaces clean;
  • not attending work if you or anyone in your household has symptoms;
  • where applicable, appropriate use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

NHS Western Isles is reminding everyone that THE VIRUS DOESN’T TAKE A TEA BREAK, so those in workplaces must ensure that they continue with safety precautions during tea and lunch breaks. Take breaks alone if at all possible, and where this is not possible, ensure you keep a two-metre distance from others at all times and follow the precautions above.

HOUSEHOLDS MUST STAY AT HOME IF ANYONE HAS SYMPTOMS: One of the most important ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to ensure you stay at home if you, or anyone else within your household or extended household, has symptoms regardless of how mild. Do not attend work, do not go shopping, and do not send children in the household to school or nursery. The symptomatic person should arrange a test and everyone in the household (and extended household) must continue to self-isolate until the test results are back. Depending on the test result, the Test and Protect team will advise on any future isolation requirements.

Symptoms include:

  • New and persistent cough
  • Loss of or change in taste or sense of smell
  • High temperature

Additional symptoms to look out for include unexplained:

  • Tickly or sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore bones, muscles or joint pain
  • General flu-like symptoms
  • Gastro-intestinal symptoms (e.g. stomach pain, heartburn, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, and vomiting