Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath. Simple measures like washing your hands often with soap and water can help stop viruses like coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading. There’s no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19). Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until you recover. It’s not known exactly how coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads from person to person, but similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

What steps are MEU following to ensure volunteer safety?

The MEU, which operates on NHS grounds, is following NHS/WHO guidance for the identification of suspected COVID-19 infected citizens. We monitor these guidelines daily and ensure all staff adhere to the same government guidance to avoid contaminating our volunteers.

The MEU’s primary priorty is for the well-being of its volunteers, families and staff. We are committed to ensure that people connected with the work we do remain healthy and supported during this uncertain time. We are taking every step to ensure the highest possible standards of hygiene are adhered too. This is no more than we would routinely do as part of our own high standards for volunteer safety regardless of COVID-19.

Some of the work we do does involve volunteers with high risk factors. For these studies, appropriate risk assessments have taken place and in some cases the volunteers have been informed of the appropriate actions to take to minimise and remove any elements on unnecessary risk.

Understanding COVID-19 for kids

MEU is a family orientated organisation with a lot of our staff having young families. We know at this time of confusing and contrasting information, our children can become overwhelmed and frightened.

We found this video very informative, easy to digest and great to remove the stigma around COVID-19 for our families.

Of course this video in itself does not answer all the questions. Again, please refer to NHS guidance on how to keep you and your families protected.

A leading specialist clinical research facility working with the pharmaceutical industry to identify potential new treatments for conditions such as Asthma, Bronchitis and Emphysema and now many more therapeutic areas.

We at the MEU want to deliver rewarding research to improve clinical care whilst also rewarding our volunteers for their continued support.

Contact us…

The Medicines Evaluation Unit

The Langley Building

Southmoor Road

Wythenshawe Hospital

Manchester

M23 9QZ

T: 0800 655 6553

E: vs@meu.org.uk