As the coronavirus (covid-19) situation develops, your organisation should be planning how best to keep your employees, volunteers, supporters and beneficiaries informed and protected.

NCVO have collated guidance on what steps you may need to take:

  • What’s the best way to prevent the spread of the virus?
  • What do you need to do to protect staff, volunteers and visitors?
  • Should your employees take sick leave?
  • Should you cancel your events?
  • How can you support your beneficiaries/service users?
  • How you can develop a contingency plan and how will your insurance be impacted?
  • Will there be financial implications?
  • How are charities helping?
What is coronavirus? 

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. covid-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.

The incubation period of covid-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.

What are the symptoms?

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has covid-19 infection:

  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • fever

If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

The latest advice and developments can be found on the gov.uk website.