Since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic in 2019, the virus has continued to mutate and there is growing concern, amongst scientists, regarding the latest strain of the virus commonly known as ‘Eris’.
Latest data from the UK Health Security Agency, shows around 11 people per 100k of the population tested positive for this new strain in the weeks leading up to 14th August; an increase from around 9 people per 100k to 29th July 2023.
Whilst an updated vaccine is being worked on, it is appropriate to remind people what the symptoms of Covid are; and whilst some of the previous symptoms have changed, the new virus’s symptom include runny nose, sore throat and headache (as before) but now also include diarrhoea, rashes and eye irritation.
It may also be appropriate to remind staff of the need to maintain good hygiene practices. Perhaps, send round an email/guidance encouraging employees to follow some simple measures to prevent the spread of infections:
- Regularly wash hands with soap and warm water.
- Regularly clean surfaces around the home and at work, particularly keyboards, handrails, telephones and door handles (including fridge and cupboards etc.) and other frequently touched surfaces/items.
- Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth for coughs and sneezes.
- If you do not have a tissue, try to sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow, covering your mouth and nose as much as possible.
- Put used tissues in the bin as soon as possible and wash your hands.
- If you become ill, avoid contact with other people to avoid spreading the infection; by staying off work until you feel better; or discussing with your Manager the possibility of working from home (if this is a viable option).
As ever we will keep you updated with developments.