Wuhan Novel Coronavirus: Information

19 Feb 2020

Advice for anyone who has recently returned from the Wuhan region of China or who is concerned

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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.
  
Advice for anyone who has recently visited the Wuhan region of China:
If you have returned from Wuhan in the last 14 days the advice is:
  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city
You should follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.
 
The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus. You can help too. The best way to protect yourself and others is:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel, regularly throughout the day.
  • Catch your coughs or sneezes in a tissue,
  • Bin it
  • Wash your hands.

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas
This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:

  • China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, 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 country.
 
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.

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