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GUIDANCE FOR GUESTS REGARDING COVID-19

[updated 2nd July 2020]

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. It is an ongoing pandemic & most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience a mild to moderate respiratory illness & recover without requiring special treatment, but it is a potentially life-threatening condition. Older people, & those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease & cancer are more likely to develop a more serious illness. COVID-19 is primarily spread between people during close contact, most often via small droplets of the virus in the air discharged by coughing, sneezing & talking. The droplets usually fall to the ground or onto surfaces rather than travelling through the air over long distances. However, research as of June 2020, has shown that speech-generated droplets may remain airborne for tens of minutes. Less commonly, people may become infected by touching a contaminated surface & then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. The time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is typically around 5 days, but may range from 2-14 days. It is most contagious during the first 3 days after the onset of symptoms, although the spread is possible before symptoms appear, & from people who do not show symptoms.

 

SYMPTOMS

 

  • A new & persistent cough (this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3, or more coughing episodes in 24 hours - if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A high temperature (this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back - you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A loss of smell & taste (this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal)

 

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as a cold & flu, so do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

 

PREVENTION

 

The rules in Scotland may be slightly different to those in the rest of the UK, but to help stop the spread of COVID-19 follow the government’s social distancing guidelines & hygiene recommendations when outside the cottage

    

  • guests are requested to leave their address details - in the event of a track & trace situation
  • practise social distancing - keep at least 2 metres away from anyone you are not staying with
  • wash your hands with soap & water often - do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap & water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get back to the cottage
  • cover your mouth & nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • follow the instructions at shops both inside & outside - queue considerately when necessary
  • it is mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport & when in shops
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

 

TREATMENT

 

There is currently no known vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19.

Antibiotics do not help as they do not work against viruses.

Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.

You will need to stay in isolation away from other people until you have recovered.

 

MANAGEMENT

 

If you think you might have COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has it then you must

  • Stay at home - self-isolate & do not leave the cottage or allow visitors - anyone staying with you must also self-isolate
  • Get a test - get a test to check if you have COVID-19 as soon as possible - anyone staying with you should also get a test if they have symptoms - the nearest drive-through testing centre is in Inverness so a home testing kit maybe advised - nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
  • Inform the owner of the situation - call 07876 570642 

 

Log on to nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-general-advice if

  • you are worried about your symptoms
  • you are not sure what to do

Call 111 if you cannot get help online. DO NOT go to a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

 

HYGIENE

 

Please wash your hands or use the hand sanitiser upon arrival & leaving the cottage. Place all tissues, gloves & any discarded PPE equipment in a bin.

We re-opened for ‘business as usual’ on the 3rd July & can assure guests that we have taken various precautionary measures in line with government guidelines by implementing extra attention to hygiene procedures that include the following

  • Placed anti-bacterial hand sanitisers & extra tissue boxes around the cottage
  • Increased the cleaning regime with particular attention to critical touchpoints such as
  1. Keys & the key safe
  2. Kitchen appliances & surfaces
  3. Door handles
  4. Cupboard handles
  5. Window sills & handles
  6. Toilet roll & hygiene dispensers
  7. Taps & toilet flush
  8. Light switches
  9. TV remotes
  10. Telephone handsets
  11. Bed frames
  12. Bedside tables
  13. Information pack
  • Provided additional training & awareness with the housekeeper of the recommended procedures to be followed under the current circumstances along with the provision of extra PPE for cleaning duties
  • Prepared for extra cleaning & decontamination procedures that will be implemented in line with government guidance following a suspected or actual case of COVID-19 at the cottage

 

’THE NEW NORMAL’

 

Over the past few weeks, we have been thinking ahead to brighter days, when the country starts to go back to semi-normality or what for now could be ‘The New Normal’. As the UK begins to relax the restrictions & conditions of the government lockdown, rules & guidance are under constant change & review. This is further complicated by the fact that Scotland has different easing measures to England, Wales & Northern Ireland.

 

Please ensure that you are familiar with the current recommendations at the time of travel, respect the guidelines in Scotland & in the local community on Skye.

 

Look out for regular updates via national or local media channels. More information about COVID-19 is available from various online sources 

Scottish Government gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19

NHS nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

World Health Organisation euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19

 

We hope that the information in this guide will reassure you that we are taking the necessary steps to reduce potential risks associated with COVID-19 so that you may remain safe & enjoy your stay.

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