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What is COVID-19?
- COVID-19 is a deadly infectious disease and like all infectious diseases is caused by a pathogen (for
example a virus) that invades our bodies. In the case of COVID-19, the pathogen is a virus –
specifically a coronavirus called Sars-CoV-2.
- Viruses are complex chemical structures on the borderline of living things. They have no cell structure
of their own so they rely on finding host cells that they can break in order to reproduce, ultimately
killing the host cells.
- When Sars-CoV2 infects a human being it usually attacks the lungs first and most severely, although it
can go on to attack other organs too.
- Some people who become infected may remain asymptomatic, but most will show symptoms, usually after 5-6
days but can take up to 14 days.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- A new continuous cough
- A high temperature
- A loss or change to your sense or smell or taste
Other secondary symptoms can include:
- Aches and pains
- Sore throat
- Skin rashes
The disease spreads mainly through respiratory droplets that contain the virus. These are naturally expelled
from the mouth whenever we talk, laugh, shout or sing and especially when we cough or sneeze. Droplets
landing on a susceptible person can infect them directly.
Help slow the spread
Some measures that you could take to help slow the spread:
- Check whether a local COVID-19 risk assessment is required in the area in which you are working and if
so, ensure you comply with the measures advised.
- Follow cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
- Take reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
- Don’t sit on desks if they are too close together
- Ensure you sit behind clear screens installed in areas where people have to be close together
- Use sanitiser and wipes wherever tools or equipment is shared
- Report inessential areas if they are difficult to keep safe and clean
UCLan COVID-19 Rules
- Keep left
- Keep your distance
- Wear face coverings inside buildings
- Wash and sanitise your hands regularly
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow
- If you have Covid symptoms, stay home, contact NHS 111, and information firstname.lastname@example.org
Need urgent help, first aid, or to report a social distancing issue on campus? Contact
security on 01772 892068. If you have a UCLan login you can also use the SafeZone app to contact Security.
The SafeZone app is available to download now from the Apple or Google Play app store.
Housekeeping and Cleanliness
- Thorough cleaning is being undertaken in all buildings on Campus.
- Whilst on Campus we ask that everyone maintains a high standard of sanitisation as well as ensuring any
surfaces or equipment you use are thoroughly cleaned before and after use with antibacterial
wipes/sprays. This includes door handles and shared devices. Staff will be provided with cleaning
materials. Check with your commissioning manager what arrangements they have put in place for you.
- We ask that offices with multiple users stagger desks to ensure social distancing is implemented.
To assist with this we have provided:
- Sanitising stations
- A new housekeeping plan
- Clear distancing measures in all toilets across Campus
- Provision of cleaning materials
- Reduction in numbers of those returning to Campus to help ensure social distancing
When NOT to attend Campus
Please DO NOT attend Campus if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms.
Remember, the main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing
episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste
anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
For further information on Covid-19, visit the NHS Coronavirus
If you believe you have developed symptoms of Covid-19 you should report this to your
Commissioning Manager immediately, then leave Campus and self-isolate in line with Government guidance.