You may be aware that there has been an outbreak of a new coronavirus in Wuhan City, China, with cases confirmed in other parts of the world.
Public Health England (PHE) advise that the risk to the public in the UK is moderate.
The government has brought in restrictions on any individual that is considered by health professionals to be at risk of spreading the virus. The regulations have been put in place to reduce the risk of further transmission of the virus in the UK and are in line with measures taken in other countries.
Advice for everyone
The NHS has the following advice for helping not to spread the virus:
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing
- Bin the tissue immediately and wash hands
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough
Advice for returning travellers
Travellers returning from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau
The UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
Travellers returning from Iran, Northern Italy lockdown areas and South Korea special care zones since 19 February
If you have returned from these specific areas since February 19, you should call NHS111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:
- Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
- Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
- Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)
Travellers returning from other areas in Northern Italy and from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar since February 19th
If you have returned from these areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
- Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini),
If you have to self-isolate, you can find specific guidance regarding self-isolation here:
Please also let Student Support and Wellbeing know on 01227 922675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. And make sure you let your programme team know.
Advice on travel from the UK
As this is a changing situation it is advised to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website before arranging travel.
The FCO advise against all travel to Hubei Province due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao).They state that if you’re in China and able to leave, you should do so.
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to 10 small towns in Lombardy and one in Veneto which have been isolated by the Italian authorities.
Advice for students on placements in a clinical setting
Students working in a clinical setting need to follow the guidance provided by their host organisations and to keep up-to-date on information regarding Covid-19.
Here are some useful weblinks:
- Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus
- Guidance for Health Professionals
- Guidance for healthcare providers: healthcare workers with relevant travel or contact history
Christ Church is proud of its friendly and inclusive environment, welcoming students and staff from around the world, and as a community we expect respect to be shown to all.
As the coronavirus spreads globally, we understand that students and staff may be worried about their friends and family members around the world and our thoughts go out to all those affected by this situation. At this difficult time, we ask that as a community we show support to all our fellow students and staff.
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