Coronavirus is approaching the fast growth part of the upward curve.
Families have been advised to self-isolate for 14-days if any member of their household has a persistent cough or high temperature.
In a speech last night, the prime minister said COVID-19 was “approaching the fast growth part of the upward curve”.
He announced a series of stringent steps, including 14 days of self-isolation for a whole household if any single person displays symptoms of the disease and avoiding non-essential travel and contact.
Pregnant women were also advised to stay home for up to 12-weeks.
Critics have been quick to point that if the same 14-day isolation rules are applied to healthcare workers, it has the potential to decimate the healthcare workforce overnight.
The NHS England website currently states; “This is the latest self-isolation guidance. It applies to everyone, including NHS staff.”
A nurse from London told NursingNotes; “Half of our workforce has someone at home meeting the self-isolation criteria. My 4-year-old is unwell with what I suspect is a cold, but I should now self-isolate.”
“It is not possible for doctors, nurses, support workers, etc to work from home. We have to be hands-on and caring for the patients most in need.”
Before adding; “The government needs to urgently provide clarification on these measures.”
The prime minister emphasised the advice to avoid unnecessary social contact was “particularly important for people over 70, for pregnant women and for those with some health conditions”.
NursingNotes has approached NHS England and Public Health England for comment.