The chief executive of the homelessness charity St Mungo’s is among the voluntary sector figures who are self-isolating because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Howard Sinclair, whose charity is locked in a dispute with striking staff over pay and conditions, said on Twitter on Friday that he had decided to self-isolate because he had developed a persistent cough and breathlessness.
Having developed symptoms consistent with Coronavirus, including a persistent cough and breathlessness, I am following government advice and self isolating for 7 days. I will be working from home and be in close touch with colleagues internally and externally over the next week.— Howard Sinclair (@HowardSinclair1) March 13, 2020
Kathryn Smith, chief operating officer at the Alzheimer’s Society, also said on Twitter that she was showing symptoms.
Currently self isolating as I’m symptomatic. Thinking how to support elderly neighbour/ friend. I’ve done her online shopping for her (agreed it over the phone!) and calling her daily! We might even attempt a skype video call... #unitedagainstdementia #coronavirus @alzheimerssoc— Kathryn (@kathryn1smith) March 16, 2020
The government has advised that if anyone displays symptoms of the virus, they and the rest of their household must stay at home for 14 days.