In a few short months, Covid-19 has taken hold of the world. This has prompted an unprecedented response by governments to help slow down or stop the spread of the virus whilst also trying to protect those most vulnerable.
Business and Social Continuity
Businesses large and small are being forced to make some challenging decisions. The situation is made more difficult by the speed at which we are having to adapt to this new normal.
Cobalt, along with many of our clients and associated companies, have been implementing continuity plans, to continue offering the same high level of service while ensuring our staff stay as safe as possible.
We are making use of all appropriate technology to allow staff to work from home whilst remaining in contact with clients and colleagues. This is important, not only from a business standpoint but also from a social point of view. Working remotely can easily result in employees feeling disconnected from the rest of the company so having the ability to communicate and interact almost as we would in the office is essential.
Using technology we can retain a sense of community and alleviate the isolation caused by social distancing. In the space of less than a week, there has been a huge rise in virtual choirs, yoga and Pilates classes, book clubs, and drawing classes. And although many older people may not have internet access, social media is being used to set up local groups to assist neighbours with shopping, prescription collection/drop off and dog walking.
Our Director, Peju Fabunmi, understands the impact social isolation will have on the elderly and vulnerable. As a Board member of Greenoak Housing Association (who provide social housing including supported retirement housing), she and her fellow Board members have worked with the management team to develop an action plan to be throughout the group.
While all reasonable precautions to avoid the infection is the best course of action we also need to boost our immune systems. This applies not just to Covid-19 but to all viruses such as colds and flu.
- Make sure you get enough sleep.
- Stay hydrated.
- Eat plenty of fresh food, especially those fruit and vegetables that contain vitamin C.
- Stay active. Keeping your immune system fit means keeping your body fit. As we are (mostly) a sedentary society, we need to increase our level of exercise. NHS guidelines say that adults should be physically active in some way every day. That can mean at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (hiking, gardening, cycling) or 75 minutes of vigorous activity (running, swimming fast, an aerobics class).3 Whilst this may be more difficult at the moment, YouTube many, many thousands of free exercise videos to try out.
From the cases seen so far, it appears that in healthy people (those without underlying health conditions) the symptoms of Covid-19 are less severe. Dr Clare Gerada, former chair of the Royal College of GPs, tested positive for the virus and recorded a video explaining her symptoms and how she looked after herself during the time when she was ill1.
The spread of Covid-19 is a rapidly changing situation and we can only act on the advice we are given. By doing what we can to help others, sharing knowledge where we can, and allowing key workers to do their job to the best of their ability, we will lessen the impact on all of us.