Wuhan Novel Coronavirus: Information
19 Feb 2020
Advice for anyone who has recently returned from the Wuhan region of China or who is concerned
The government is monitoring the situation with regard to the virus closely and will continue to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and international community.
Do not visit your GP or come to our Emergency Department.
Our teams are working to ensure all preparations for Whittington Health are in place. We are in regular contact with the local PHE health protection team and we will follow any national or regional guidance as it emerges – our priority, as always, will be keeping our patients and staff safe.
Background on the Virus
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world - the common cold is a type of coronavirus. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
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.
Wuhan novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.
It is important to remember that the risk of getting the illness in the UK is low.