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Coronavirus - What you need to know

What is Coronavirus?

A corona-virus is a type of virus. As a group, corona-viruses are common across the world.

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.

What are the signs and symptoms of this new virus?

The symptoms of this new coronavirus (now known as COVID-19) include fever and respiratory symptoms including coughing, sneezing, and shortness of breath. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.

How to prevent spread of infection?

You’re likely taking the steps below already, as they’re the same general principles you use to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus.

  • Wash hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Avoid touching their eyes, noses and mouths with unwashed hands

Please make sure to keep the school updated with your current contact details.

Where to find the latest information

For up to date information and guidance, we recommend visiting:

Public Health England blog:

The .gov website:

BBC News:

Pupils or staff who’ve just come back from abroad:

If you have returned from the following specific areas since 19th February, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:

  • Iran

  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy (see link to maps below)

  • Special care zones in South Korea (see link to maps below)

  • Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days – see link to maps below)

If you have returned from the following areas since 19 February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111:

  • Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini – see link to maps below)

  • Vietnam

  • Cambodia

  • Laos

  • Myanmar

If you have a cough, or fever or shortness of breath and have visited any of the following areas in the last 14 days, stay indoors and call NHS 111 informing them of your recent travel:

  • China, apart from Hubei province (see link to maps below)

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Singapore

  • Taiwan

  • Hong Kong

  • Republic of Korea, apart from special care zones (see link to maps below)

  • Japan

  • Thailand

Maps showing affected regions of China, Republic of Korea and Italy

Pupils and staff with family members who’ve been abroad:

Anyone who has lived with or had close contact (been within 2 metres for 15 minutes or more) with someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus should contact NHS 111 for further advice.

However, if they have family members who’ve travelled to the specified countries or Hubei and who are well, they don’t need to take any precautions, or make any changes to their own activities

Advice from the world Health Organisation



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