Date of Review: July 2020
1. What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)
1.1 According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
1.2 Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.
1.3 WHO has identified that for the majority of people who become infected with the COVID-19 virus, will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness, and recover without requiring special treatment. With older people (elderly), and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer they are more likely to develop serious illness.
2. Symptoms of COVID-19
2.1 Most common symptoms as identified by WHO that are in alignment with COVID-19 are:
2.2 Least common symptoms as identified by WHO that are in alignment with COVID-19 are:
2.3 Serious common symptoms as identified by WHO that are in alignment with COVID-19 are:
2.3 If someone is infected with the virus the average amount of time for symptoms to show and cease is 5 – 6 days, however it can extend to as long as 14 days. .
3. Prevention and protection against COVID-19
3.1 Bridges Alliance recommends watching the below video from WHO, that demonstrates what people can do to protect themselves from contracting or spreading COVID-19. Click this video link:
3.2 The COVID-19 virus is spread mainly through saliva or discharge from the nose when one infected with the virus
3.3 At this point in time, although clinical trials evaluating potential treatments are ongoing, there are no vaccines or treatment that can cure COVID-19. Bridges Alliance will continue to inform their staff of any treatment findings as WHO continues to provide updated information on this.
3.4 Bridges Alliance understands that due to the nature of our services we cannot isolate ourselves from one another in full capacity. However, we will ensure our community is taking precautions by enforcing the following within our offices, residential homes, and delivery of services
3.5 Recommended precautions to further protect oneself include:
4. Sick leave arrangements for employees
4.1 If an employee is sick and shows signs of having a cold or the flu such as coughing, sneezing, or fever, it is
recommended that they remain home and seek medical attention immediately.
4.2 It is advised that if an employee has sick family members, that they themself stay home, until their family members are recovered.
4.3 If an employee becomes sick at work, they will be separated from other employees and clients, and sent home.
5. Work from home requests (for head office staff)
5.1 A “Work from Home” Policy may be created and put into effect if the outbreak of COVID-19 becomes severe enough. This policy will remain in effect until conditions improve well within healthy limits per local health and/or governmental bodies.
5.2 Should an employee be required to care for a family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19, they will need to provide proof of being negative to this virus themselves, upon their family member recovering. This employee may not return back to work until they are cleared by a medical professional. If the employee is from head office, they may continue to work from home only within their capacity.
6. Travelling/commuting measures
6.1 If an outbreak becomes severe enough, employee travel (where possible) may be partially restricted for Support Workers and full restricted for head office staff until conditions improve.
6.2 Bridges Alliance will leverage the use of virtual meeting technologies such as Zoom Meetings and Microsoft Teams to continue work that would normally be conducted onsite by head office staff.
6.3 If an employee has recently returned from any area with a high number of COVID-19 diagnoses, they will be required to:
7. If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
Bridges Alliance recognises that a diagnosis of the COVID-19 virus does not mean an employee is unable to work. However, for the safety and precaution of all employees, clients and our community, the employee will not be able to return to work until they provide a result of negative to COVID-19 by a medical professional.
Any individual that works for or is a client of Bridges Alliance who has come into contact with the employee that contracts COVID-19 must get tested immediately, and not return to work (employees) or isolate themselves (clients) from all of members of our community until they themselves receive a result of negative to the virus.