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Coronavirus - What you need to know

Posted 14th February 2020.

Pupils or staff who’ve just come back from abroad

If they’ve been to any of these specified countries in the past 14 days…

  • China (other than Hubei)
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand

and they’re currently well, they should:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people
  • Follow Public Health England’s home isolation advice sheet
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of their recent travel to the area

If they become unwell, they should:

  • Call NHS 111 immediately
  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people
  • Follow Public Health England’s home isolation advice sheet

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

What is Corona-Virus?

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
  • Avoid touching their eyes, noses and mouths with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Advice from the world Health Organisation:


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