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Covid 19 / Coronavirus – Guidance and our current policy

You are likely to be aware of the outbreak of Coronavirus and the subsequently confirmed cases in the UK. Further to my Coronavirus updates on Wednesday 12 February in the WhatsApp and Facebook volunteers group, please find the current government advice. 

At Radio Verulam, we take the health and safety of our volunteers and  guests very seriously, so we are sharing guidance from Public Health England on steps you should be taking.

 There is currently no cause for concern at Radio Verulam, but we will keep you informed about any developments and ensure we are keeping the station and studios clean to prevent the spread of any virus.

 

New Guidelines for Radio Verulam 

Please find new safeguarding guidelines for all Radio Verulam volunteers and guests effective immediately, Thursday 27 February:

Volunteers 

  • Please advise myself, Nick Hazell or a member of the board if you have returned from any of the countries listed above in the last 14 days OR if you are feeling unwell. 
  • We ask that you DO NOT come into the station if either of the above apply.

Guests in studio for live interviews or pre-records

  • Please ensure on every correspondence with guests you are using the ‘Radio Verulam Coronavirus / Covid-19 guest message template’. It is the third paragraph on the page  and has been updated since Wed 12 Feb. 
  • When confirming the interview via phone or email, it is critical you ask the guest if they have been to any of the countries listed above. 
    • If they reply yes – make arrangements to conduct the interview via phone if appropriate and refer them to the UK government guidelines.  DO NOT invite the guest into the studio.
    • If they reply no – you can continue to make arrangements as per normal.

Ongoing preventative measures 

  • We will be placing extra antibacterial wipes and hand sanitisers in both studios, the reception and kitchen areas. 
  • Please ensure you wipe down all surfaces after use and wash your hands thoroughly after doing so.. This includes, keyboards, mouse, headphones, mics, surfaces and any contactable areas. 
  • You may also use your own studio headphones if you wish.
  • Skype is available (as well as phone) as an alternative to having guests in the studio.  You will find Skype logged in on the presenter PCs. if it is logged out, contact Nick or I (above) for the user login information.
  • We are assessing the Coronavirus (Covid-19) risk on a day-by-day basis and will advise immediately if there are any further measures.

 

It is our ongoing priority to safeguard all volunteers, including guests, and your assistance in this circumstance is required.

Please contact me in the first instance with any queries or concerns. 

 

Prevent the spread of infection

Make sure you and follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

 

Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser, if soap and water are not available.

 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or the station.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • If you are worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environments.

 

If you have returned from a category 1 country or area in the past 14 day:

 

This includes:

  • Wuhan city and Hubei province, China
  • Iran*
  • Daegu or Cheongdo, South Korea*
  • Any Italian town under containment measures* (see the map here )

*Only if you’ve returned on or after 19 February 2020

 

Contact NHS 111 for advice, and:

 

  • Self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the country or area (see the home isolation advice sheet for help with this).
  • If you become unwell, call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention) – see below for the symptoms to look out for.

 

If you have returned from a category 2 country or area in last 14 days:

 

This includes:

  • Cambodia
  • China (other than Wuhan city or Hubei province)
  • Hong Kong
  • Italy: north* (see the map here )
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • South Korea (other than Daegu or Cheongdo)
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

*Only if you’ve returned on or after 19 February 2020

 

If you are well:

 

  • You do not need to avoid contact with other people
  • Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities

 

If you become unwell (see below for a list of symptoms):

 

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses (see the home isolation advice sheet for help with this)
  • Call NHS 111 immediately.

 

Symptoms to look out for

 

If you’ve returned from any of the category 1 or 2 areas or countries, look out for the following symptoms:

 

  • Cough.
  • Difficulty in breathing.
  • Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher).

 

According to other official guidance, while you wait for further advice:

  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Stay at home – don’t go to work or the station.
  • Don’t travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, throwing tissues in the bin.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available).