An employer must keep you safe at work and manage all reasonable risks to your health and safety including from Virus and Illness.

The spread of Covid recently combined with the nasty winter Flu bug has led to the NHS being overwhelmed with many unwell people, with news stories of people waiting in ambulances or left in corridors for several hours.

In these circumstances your Employer must act reasonably, balancing business needs with the obligation to keep you fit and well. The government has started to test new arrivals from Chain and may introduce masks if the current Covid mix of Flu epidemic continues unabated.

What causes Flu?

Flu is caused by influenza viruses. These viruses are spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Flu viruses can also sometimes be spread by touching surfaces or objects that have flu viruses on them and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

Your Employer should be keeping you Safe from Flu, How can you be kept Safe?

1. Get Vaccinated – One of the best ways to protect yourself from the flu is to get vaccinated each year.

2. Wash Your Hands Often – Washing your hands often with soap and water can help protect you from germs.

3. Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth – Germs can spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

4. Avoid Close Contact – Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

5. Cover Your Cough and Sneeze – It is important to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

6. Stay Home When You Are Sick – If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Are People Suffering Both Covid and Flu?

Whilst it may seem like it with the serious symptoms, it is unlikely.

A mix of Covid and flu is a combination of symptoms from both illnesses. It is possible to experience both illnesses simultaneously, however this is rare. Symptoms may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, body aches, and loss of smell or taste.

What to do if you feel you are not Safe at Work

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