Cornovirus Risk Policy
What is Cornovirus?
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease. The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes
How is it Passed?
When someone who has COVID-19 coughs or exhales they release droplets of infected fluid. Most of these droplets fall on nearby surfaces and objects. People could catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects, and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.
If they are standing within 1 meter of a person with COVID-19 they can catch it by breathing in droplets coughed out or exhaled by them.
- People over 40 seem to be more vulnerable than those under 40,
- People with weakened immune systems,
- People with conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease are also more vulnerable to serious illness.
What to do if you show symptoms
Should a volunteer or visitor show any symptoms of a cough, headache or mild fever or been in contact with someone, showing these signs, they should not visit the farm. Contact your GP to seek medical advice. Please let us know in advance and we can reschedule your visit.
If after visiting the farm (within 7 days) you’re showing these signs, please let you GP know and follow their advice. Also contact the farm to let us know too. We can then inform other visitors, environmental health and staff / volunteers to ensure procedures are followed and people seek medical advice.
Preventing the spread of the Virus Advance
Below is a list of the ways the virus is spread. Our risk assessment hi-lights the risk involved in visiting the farm. Green means no risk, orange very mild risk and red means mild risk. We have put procedures into place to make the risks as low as possible.
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
- Maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and others. Why? When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.
- Avoid going to crowded places. Why? Where people come together in crowds, you are more likely to come into close contact with someone that has COIVD-19 and it is more difficult to maintain physical distance of 1 metre (3 feet).
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house, wear a mask to avoid infecting others. Why? Avoiding contact with others will protect them from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, but call by telephone in advance if possible and follow the directions of your local health authority. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
- Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or your local and national health authorities. Why? Local and national authorities are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.