We have been contacted by numerous members who, having been identified as vulnerable and sent home earlier in the week, have now been called back into work by TSB.
As at 20th March 2020, the Government is advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.
This group includes those who:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
- people who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
- people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
- people with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
- people with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)
Advice To Members
Self-Certification and Medical Evidence
If you have been advised to self-isolate due to COVID-19, because you have symptoms or you live with someone who has symptoms, you can self-certify for the first 7 days of absence (including weekends), which means that you do not have to provide any evidence to your employer.
After the 7 day period, you may be asked for evidence of your sickness absence. The Government has launched an isolation note service, which can be used to provide the evidence of the advice to self-isolate.
To use this service, please click here – https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/
If you need any assistance with this, please contact the Advice Team on 01234 716029 (choosing Option 1).