The latest coronavirus, named COVID-19, is an airborne virus that targets your lungs and airways. As of 12th March 2020, COVID-19 has been officially upgraded from ‘epidemic’ status to ‘pandemic’ status by the World Health Organisation (WHO). They have labelled it a pandemic because this new disease has spread worldwide and is still without a cure. Whilst anyone can catch this virus, the people most at risk are the ones over 70, or have a long-term condition, are pregnant or have a weakened immune system.
The two clearest coronavirus symptoms are a high temperature and a continuous cough. There are other symptoms which tend to vary from person to person, so we would recommend that you check the NHS website for a medical professional’s advice on what to do if you think you may have coronavirus. The NHS website also gives information on what you can do to avoid catching and spreading the coronavirus.
Compulsory home working
The most effective way of avoiding and spreading coronavirus at this moment in time, is social distancing. This means avoiding or limiting social activities, gatherings and travel, and if possible, working at home.
After careful consideration of the welfare of the staff, the Partners of Scott Rees & Co have now implemented urgent preventative measures whereby the majority of our workforce will be working from home.
This is to allow the appropriate safe working space for the few staff that must remain at our offices to ensure the continuity of our work flow.
How this affects our clients
We expect no significant disruptions from our transition from working in an office to working at home. Our staff will have access to the same systems at home as they have in the office. Our working hours will remain the same, and our offices will remain open to all staff to ensure that we are fully committed to providing a high level service to our clients.
We will continue to provide support by phone, email, video conference or any other suitable method of communication. We are confident in our abilities to continue to support our clients through these challenging times.
You can see the full extent of changes we have implemented for the coronavirus outbreak and how these changes may affect our staff, our clients and professional contacts here.