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Covid-19 business contingency

I generally have a positive outlook, but now clearly accept that what is happening elsewhere in the world and in particular Europe (Italy), will fundamentally affect the UK.

Some believe we are two-three weeks behind Italy, with France & Spain even less so.

If we have a shutdown where social interaction and travel is discouraged, how do you feel it will affect you/your business and what plans can be made in advance to mitigate the situation?


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    Didn't they confirm today that once you have had it you are then immune? If you are fit & healthy and get it presumably you would then be okay to be out and about after two weeks quarentine? The people who have recovered could then go out into the commumity and help the more vunerable/sick people and also get back to work? 

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      You can still spread it to other people if you were to have it (either in incubation or whatever) and I don't know about you but I have several older clients who are most at risk, some who are quite unwell. Worst comes to the worst I may have to cancel work for awhile... better than the very worst case scenario of spreading it to a client who later dies.


      I appreciate you mostly meant recovered people but I believe you can still spread a disease after you have recovered from it, but far less likely to.


  • I reckon we are less at risk by working outside, however our employees/work mates all go home to families and also socialise, so we are at risk.  Spring is the time we can least afford time off, my lads are not permitted holidays April, May and June, so a dose with us would make life difficult.  It's a time for flexibility by all - but i think that's something we are all very good at!!

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    Hearing good news from Chancellor to support small businesses & helpful sick pay changes in light of Covid-19 in The Budget.

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      Doesn't apply to the self employed though does it, or was that one of the changes?


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  • the way i read it the self employed will not get sick pay they will have to clam employment and support allowance (ESA) and you will have to jump through a few hoops to get it 

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      I had to claim universal credit when I did my back in, and frankly id rather have no income for a little while than deal with that nonsense again.

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    9 -14 days behind Italy might be more likely -- lets hope not. Theres at least two strains of covid 19 in circulation - an S and an L strain i think. The L strain is the more severe and there are hopes China took the brunt of that one, but one assumes Italy must have that version in some areas. What that means is that it has already mutated (not unusual) and that yes you can in theory get infected at least twice as so far the eivdence doesnt confirm imunity to both or either after one infection. This means as soon as China lets the public ou, there will be another explosion of infections. Therefore its important to note this is not a short issue -- its likely to be into early next year - with waves of outbreaks. 

    Much theory is that the first wave climax will be around the Easter holidays and that these holidays may be extended in schools etc -- so child care will be an issue. The summer may cause a slow down but not by much

    -- But the really big concern is that the main explosion of cases will be oct - dec this year - which is before any expected vacine. (spanish Flu followed the same pattern)

    Yes we in many cases are working in the best sitation -- outdoors - no need for client interaction, and if working solo - pretty low risk. However do take on board whats going to likely happen to the Health Care system as per Italy, A and E etc may not be able to help much in case of personal injury -- so have you got medicines you need or a good first aid kit etc. Any current risk assessment should be put into very cautious indeed -- maybe some jobs you might have taken on, you should re consider - normal stuff - ladder work - machinery work -- working alone etc etc -- Just dont take any un neccesary risks as someone might not be able to repair you for some time. 

    Same as financial risk -- maybe now is not the time to buy that expensive piece of equipment - although interest rates help with that -- good time to assess what you have as fanincial back up. 

    No doubt its going to be a very difficult year -- Failing to Prepare - Is prepareing to Fail 


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