Covid-19 Frequently asked questions

Covid-19 specific

I live with a vulnerable/ill person and am very worried about infecting them?

We understand that this is a worrying time, NHS guidance advises if you are well and showing no symptoms you should attend work.  You should strictly follow the NHS guidance on social distancing and the safety measures which have been put in place at work and take all necessary precautions in your home.  If you are able to carry out your work from home then this can also be discussed with your line manager.

A member of my family unit has Covid-19 symptoms - should I self-isolate?

If someone you live with is displaying symptoms, they must stay at home and contact Test and Protect who will arrange a test.  If they are positive, they will be asked to self isolate for 10 days from the day their symptoms started.  All other household members will be told to stay at home for 14 days even if they don’t have symptoms themselves. The 14-day period starts from the first day the person had symptoms. Please visit the NHS guidance website for more information on self-isolation.

If you need to self isolate, you should contact your line manager and agree what tasks you can carry out from home.

I was previously advised to shield, can I now return to work?

The Scottish Government paused shielding for our most vulnerable people on 1 August 2020, advising that those people can take the same measures as the general public to keep safe and that they no longer need to shield.

This means that you can return to your workplace if you are being asked to do so, although before you do this you should complete our Covid19 Occupational Self Assessment forms Parts 1 and 2  and return Part 2 only to your line manager.  This is so that you can have a supportive discussion and agree any additional measures which might be needed for you to return to work.

The Scottish Government have provided guidance for people who were shielding.

I am over 70 and worried about becoming infected?

You may be at a higher risk from severe illness from Covid-19 and therefore you should strictly follow the guidelines on social distancing. You should be able to attend work if you are being asked to do so but this may depend on other health conditions and the job you are being asked to do so you should complete our Covid19 Occupational Self Assessment forms Parts 1 and 2  and return Part 2 only to your line manager.  This is so that you can have a supportive discussion and agree any additional measures which might be needed for you to return to work.

I have an underlying health condition, should I be self isolating?

If you have been self isolating due to an underlying health conditions, general guidance is now that you should be able to return to your workplace if you are being asked to do so, although before you do this you should complete our Covid19 Occupational Self Assessment forms Parts 1 and 2  and return Part 2 only to your line manager.  This is so that you can have a supportive discussion and agree any additional measures which might be needed for you to return to work.

I do not have a diagnosed underlying health condition, however, I am currently undergoing tests, what should I do?

You should refer to the question about underlying health conditions and complete Covid19 Occupational Self Assessment forms Parts 1 and 2  and return Part 2 only to your line manager.  This is so that you can have a supportive discussion and agree any additional measures which might be needed for you to return to work.

I am pregnant and worried about becoming infected?

Current guidance is that pregnant women can attend work, ensuring that you strictly follow the guidelines on hygiene, social distancing and other safety measures in place within your workplace.

Pregnant employees in their third trimester may be at a higher risk if they have any health conditions and those employees should complete Covid19 Occupational Self Assessment forms Parts 1 and 2  and return Part 2 only to your line manager.  This is so that you can have a supportive discussion and agree any additional measures which might be needed for you to be safe at work.  Advice may be sought from Occupational Health.

A member of my team has been diagnosed with Covid-19, what should I do?

If you are not symptomatic there is no need to self isolate and you should continue to work as normal. 

If someone has been diagnosed with Covid-19, the Test and Protect team will contact relevant people who have been in CLOSE contact with their work colleagues and advise them what to do.

I am a health care worker and have been exposed to a confirmed case of Covid-19 who is NOT a member of my household, what should I do?

The advice is that in these circumstances Health Care workers can carry on working as long as they are well. If you develop any of the Covid-19 symptoms they should follow the steps for self-isolation in line with the NHS guidance.

What do I do if I'm in a tenant's house and they're unwilling or unable to maintain a safe distance of 2m?

If a customer/tenant does not maintain a safe distance of 2m, as per social distancing, then an employee is entitled to remove themselves from the situation and should then notify their line manager.  Alternatively, if you are concerned prior to such a visit then you should speak to your line manager in the first instance.

Useful links:

Covid-19 Overview