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In England, an employer must tell their staff if someone they work with tests positive for COVID-19.

An employer should inform workers if someone they have come into contact with has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health and Social Care has stated that employers should let their staff know if one of their co-workers had tested positive for COVID-19. Indeed, employers have a legal responsibility to ensure employees self-isolate if they have “tested positive for coronavirus” or “have been in close recent contact with someone who has tested positive and received a notification to self-isolate from NHS Test and Trace.”

The BBC reports that England has strict measures for employees in the workplace. This includes minimizing office visits by allowing staff to work from home, cleaning surfaces frequently, extra care in washing hands, putting protective screens between each staff, avoiding “hot desking”, using appropriate PPE, and ensuring that clinical extremely vulnerable workers do not attend the workplace.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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