Coronavirus, otherwise known at COVID-19, appears to be spreading fast. With the escalating numbers of cases worldwide, comes an increase in fear from the public. As of today there has been 319 confirmed cases in the UK, including 4 people with underlying health issues passing away from the virus, also in the last couple of days Italy have quarantined a large section of the North affecting some 16 million people.
So, what is ‘Coronavirus’? Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that cause different illnesses. The current strain that has caused the epidemic is known as COVID-19 as the first case was reported in Wuhan, China in December, 2019. The virus causes illnesses which vary from a mild common cold to MERS and SARS, which are much more severe.
Recommended action to prevent getting or spreading Coronavirus is to constantly wash your hands throughout the day for 20 seconds and/or use alcohol based hand sanitiser. Covering your mouth and nose while coughing and thoroughly cooking produce. If you think you have come into contact with an infected person, you must self-isolate for a 2 week period as a precaution to prevent further spreading of the virus.
So what are your insurance options regarding coronavirus? Legal & General have responded to increased enquiries regarding customers’ cover and coronavirus, to reassure that existing cover will not be impacted. They have stated that they have additional capital to protect their ability to honour their obligations as an insurance provider. You can read all about this on their website here: https://www.legalandgeneral.com/adviser/workplace-benefits/group-protection/newsandinsights/news-and-news-archive/coronavirus.html.
If you think you have been infected by Coronavirus, please use this NHS Coronavirus website: https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19/, or contact 111 to discuss your symptoms and receive advice on what next action to take.
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