DEAR DEIDRE: I HAVE been signed off work for a couple of weeks because I find the way people don’t observe social distancing so stressful.

The worry about catching Covid or passing it on to my husband, who has rheumatoid arthritis, makes me clean surfaces over and over.

I am a woman of 35 and my husband is 43.

My bosses don’t feel we can do our jobs from home but people aren’t being safe – they use my desk and hand me paperwork instead of emailing.

It makes me so anxious.

I get home angry, exhausted and feeling guilty in case I infect my husband.

Get in touch with Deidre today

My team and I are working safely from home but we are here to help you as always.

Send an email to [email protected]

Every problem gets a personal reply, usually within 24 hours weekdays.

You can also send a private message on the DearDeidreOfficial Facebook page.

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DEIDRE SAYS: All places of work have a legal duty to be Covid-secure.

Talk to your line manager or the HR department, which should be ensuring everyone is safe.

If they don’t take your worries seriously, contact Acas, which helps with all kinds of workplace issues (, 0300 123 1100).

But also work on reducing your anxiety levels – you will feel calmer and get your points across more effectively too.

And try the free help available at

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