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Coronavirus: public information

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. Those who have died in Wuhan appear to have had pre-existing health conditions.

Current picture (10th February 2020)

As this is a novel Coronavirus, the advice is adapting to meet the needs of the situation to minimise the risk of further spread.

The total number of cases here in the UK is 8 people, with nearly 1100 people being tested with negative results. The risk to individuals remains low (WHO).

At present Public Health England's (PHE) advice is detailed below. It is also posted online here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public and will be updated daily at 2pm.

If you have travelled from...

Action to take with immediate effect

Wuhan or Hubei Province

If you have travelled to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area
  • Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.   

Other parts of China and specified areas

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 - rather than going to see their GP or hospital in person. This means not going to school, work, shops etc.

If you are not experiencing symptoms the current advice is that you do not need to self-isolate yourself at home.

 There are no additional infection control precautions that need to be adopted at this time. However, as usual, we would ask people to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene to reduce the spread of general germs. Following the simple "Catch it, Bin it, Kill it" advice is very effective-

  • Catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue
  • Bin used tissues promptly
  • Wash hands afterwards
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