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Work colleague is an absolute knob

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Singlebutmarried Tue 26-May-20 12:11:01

I work in a small office (enough separate rooms for each staff member so distancing all good)

I’ve been WFH since the beginning of March as I’m immuno compromised.

Colleague messages yesterday saying someone that they have been walking with has tested positive, they have taken a test and should they stay at home til they get the results.

Erm. Yes.

There’s no guidance on NHS England for contact with a non household member, there is on NHS Scotland which advises isolating for 14 days even if negative due to potential incubation period.

Twat colleague has tested negative and is now back in the office.

It doesn’t affect me at present, but it bloody will do if he does have it and takes down the rest of the office with him.

He’s a total dick isn’t he.

There’s nothing I can do about it either, he just doesn’t want to work from home.

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HappyHammy Tue 26-May-20 12:13:13

He has tested negstive and you wfm. Is that right.

Whataroyalannoyance Tue 26-May-20 12:15:21

What has he done wrong?

Singlebutmarried Tue 26-May-20 12:15:31

He’s tested negative, but won’t isolate for the 14 days as it’s possible he’s tested too early.

Yes I’m working from home, but other colleagues are in the office.

If he develops symptoms he runs the risk of wiping out the entire company (there are only 4 of us).

The boss has underlying health issues and also cares for elderly relatives.

He just doesn’t want to work from home.

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Singlebutmarried Tue 26-May-20 12:17:01

Advice for in Scotland is if you’ve been in contact with someone outside your household who has tested positive to isolate for 14 days, even if you yourself test negative due to the incubation period of CV19 not being known.

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Scotsmaw Tue 26-May-20 12:17:14

Are you in England or Scotland?

HappyHammy Tue 26-May-20 12:18:59

Is the manager aware

Singlebutmarried Tue 26-May-20 12:19:24

We’re in England, so the track and trace hasn’t come into force yet, but surely common sense says he should isolate?

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OrigamiObstacles Tue 26-May-20 12:19:39

My workplace expect you straight back if you've tested negative. Maybe he's been told to come straight back as the great was negative.

SouthernComforts Tue 26-May-20 12:21:33

I thought one of the benefits of more available tests was to get rid of the need to isolate after getting a negative result.

PotteringAlong Tue 26-May-20 12:21:34

Why would you follow the rules for Scotland if you are in England? What has he done wrong?

DahliaDay Tue 26-May-20 12:26:34

This is ridiculous

He’s tested negative

Singlebutmarried Tue 26-May-20 12:27:30

I think I’m possibly a bit hard in him because he thought it was hilarious to cough all over me before I started working from home.

He does it every time he’s ill and makes a joke of it.

I can’t get him to understand that he could actually cause me to have a major relapse if he insists of spreading his sneezes and coughs everywhere.

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HappyHammy Tue 26-May-20 12:30:45

If you go back to work you need to tell him to stop coughing over you. Involve the manager if you need to. Thats just childish and unprofessional

TheLightSideOfTheMoon Tue 26-May-20 12:36:05

People have gone to prison for coughing over people during this crisis. Report him for it.

Regarding the test, I was unwell but as soon as I had a negative test I had to go back to work. It's just how things are.

Idododoidadada Tue 26-May-20 12:37:28

My workplace expect you straight back if you've tested negative

Mine too. I’m NHS.

dontdisturbmenow Tue 26-May-20 12:37:48

You sound like a nightmare colleague the way you talk about him when he's fine nothing wrong.

dontdisturbmenow Tue 26-May-20 12:38:07

done not fine.

vanillandhoney Tue 26-May-20 12:42:24

Surely the whole point of the tests is that the negative result means you can go straight back to work and avoid 2 weeks of isolation for no reason?

Ginfilledcats Tue 26-May-20 12:44:47

Um I work in a hospital and our doctors are back as soon as they get a negative result. No need to stay isolating. I don't see your point.

RandomLondoner Tue 26-May-20 12:53:28

Surely the whole point of the tests is that the negative result means you can go straight back to work and avoid 2 weeks of isolation for no reason?

I'm not sure what the point of the tests is supposed to be, but if you are positive, isn't there something like a 30% chance the test will tell you you aren't?

Possibly people are supposed to isolate on symptoms, regardless of what a test says?

YetAnotherSpartacus Tue 26-May-20 13:00:33

So many people are testing negative and then coming down with it. The tests are unreliable. He should self-isolate, but I guess it is up to the boss to tell him to do so.

You won't get any sympathy here btw because the majority on MN have morphed into a 'people are going to die anyway so let's get back to normal' mindset.

trinity0097 Tue 26-May-20 13:04:26

The rules are negative test you can go straight back to work/school. So he has done nothing wrong.

HeyBlaby Tue 26-May-20 13:06:56

I'm in the NHS, straight back to work if test if negative for us.

Jaxhog Tue 26-May-20 13:08:47

The tests are unreliable.

Says who? I thought they were only unreliable if you didn't follow the instructions properly?

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