COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Frequently Asked Questions
What is COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause respiratory illness. They include viruses that cause the common cold and seasonal flu, as well as more serious illnesses like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
COVID-19 is a new strain that has not previously been identified in humans and was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
What are the symptoms?
Signs of infection include,
- Fever / Temperature >38 Degrees Celsius
- Cough of any kind
- Shortness of Breath
- Difficulty Breathing
- Symptoms of a viral illness – sore throat, muscle aches, pain, flu like symptoms
How is COVID-19 (coronavirus) passed on?
The virus is commonly passed on:
- directly, through contact with an infected person’s body fluids (for example, droplets from coughing or sneezing)
- indirectly, through contact with surfaces that an infected person has coughed or sneezed on
Current information suggests that the virus may survive a few hours on surfaces. Simple household disinfectants can kill it.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you develop any of the above symptoms you will need to self-isolate and phone your GP immediately.
Do not visit a GP, Hospital, Pharmacy, or Clinic unless directed by GP.
Contact your CREGG Recruitment Account Manager by phone and advise of the situation.
The Irish Government has issued the following health advice:
If you have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days and:
- Stay away from other people
- Phone your GP without delay
- If you do not have a GP, phone 112 or 999
Do not have symptoms
- Visit the HSE website for advice
As an added precaution, if you work with food and have suspected symptoms of respiratory illness you should also inform your employer and avoid preparing food for other people.
What can Employers do?
The Irish Government has advised employers that there is no need for employees without symptoms of infection with COVID-19 to stay off work or to remain separate from other people.
Employers should ensure that staff are aware of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and the advice being given by the HSE.
The WHO has guidance on getting your workplace ready for COVID-19
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment have information on business continuity planning
For more, visit the HSE website here.