The world has come to a grinding halt, businesses have closed their doors and the uncertainty caused by this disease spreads like wildfire across the UK. In times like these, we all need to pull together and look at the positives of the situation. Enjoy some time with the family and appreciate what you have in life, it’s not always about how much money you bring home at the end of the month. Regardless of your industry, there will be light at the end of the tunnel, this will pass and working life will return to the norm.  


What Is Coronavirus?


COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. Although this illness has caused huge panic throughout all forms of media it’s important to understand that not every case is fatal. If you are young, healthy and have no preexisting health conditions it’s likely that only mild symptoms will be apparent. So, how do you know if you have coronavirus? Below are the symptoms you may face: 


  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you’ll need to stay at home for 7 days


  • if you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms


If any of the mentioned symptoms are present It is recommended that you get in contact with a healthcare professional as soon as possible. The 111 service is available online if you are unable to access a telephone. 


What Are The Effects On Our Businesses? 


The effects of coronavirus are apparent across all businesses throughout the UK and beyond. Every industry will be affected in a different way, the travel industry has seen thousands of flights cancelled which has had a knock-on effect on tourism across the globe. On the other hand, Netflix has seen a huge rise in stock value, increasing 3.79% on the 20th of March. 


Independent Businesses 


Easily one of the worst affected, local and independent businesses are in a very sticky situation. After Boris Johnson advised that all non-essential contact should be avoided it has led to empty highstreets which has dried up the income made by many small independent businesses. With many companies having next to no financial support to fall back on many may be shutting their doors for good. 


National Businesses


Coronavirus has also had a huge impact on some of the most well-known brands within the world. Nike has closed nearly half of their stores, the remaining stores have seen a dramatic cut in hours. Showing you that no matter how much income a brand generates it doesn’t protect them from the effects of coronavirus. 


The future and long term effects of Coronavirus


Nobody is truly certain how long this will go on for, and the uncertainty doesn’t look like it’s going to pass any time soon. While many businesses can’t see how they will recover from their financial losses there are many schemes coming in place helping to support those who need it most. The owner of Guinness has pledged 1 million pounds into local pubs throughout the UK with the goal of keeping many of these businesses from going under. Whatever situation you’re currently in, make sure you take the time to reach out to others to offer all the support you can during this difficult time.


Keeping Your Business Protected From Coronavirus


Protecting your can be very difficult in times like these, If possible it is recommended that your staff should work from home to protect them from any non-essential contact. If the daily operations of your business cannot function with staff working from home you must maintain the highest health standards. Hiring a commercial cleaning company in Southampton will ensure that your business is always kept clean, therefore, reducing the chances of this illness spreading throughout the workplace. If you have an office environment, why not check out our office cleaning in Southampton page now?

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