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What To Do About Coronavirus and Small Business

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

For more information, visit The World Health Organisation where the above information is taken from.

Practical Tips on Coronavirus and Small Business

In order to help small businesses I have produced a FREE Coronavirus and Small Business Guide which is jam-packed with practical tips and advice. As well as being about the coronavirus and small business, it contains a detailed plan to help you get through these tough times and come out smiling again on the other side.

As we are deluged with information from 24hour news, you may think well, what good is this food minister for my business? My guide contains plenty of tips which might make you think ‘that’s a good idea’ or ‘I never thought of that’. Finally, it contains a contingency plan for coronavirus and small businesses just like yours.

Don’t panic, you don’t necessarily need a contingency policy but my guide features a draft plan, just in case you do.

Please click here to download the Coronavirus and Small Business guide.

There’s also a poster to help remind staff of what they need to do to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Budget April 2020

In the 11th March 2020 budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced special provisions for Employers with less than 250 employees. These provisions could help you in relation to Statutory Sick Pay along with some additional benefits to help small businesses through these darkest of days. Find out more in my Blog on the April 2020 Budget.

How Can Kate Underwood HR Help You?

If you are worrying that your business is slowing down or coming to a halt. If you’re concerned that jobs are being cancelled or you may have to lay off staff members, don’t worry – we really can help. These are not empty words, we really do have many invaluable practical steps surrounding coronavirus and small business. Please sdo not hesitate to get in touch – we’ll be only to happy to provide you with the assiatnce you need.

If you would like an chat about how we could help you, please book a call by clicking here. It takes 30 seconds and could help save your business.

Finally, and most importantly, please stay safe out there.


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