Coronavirus – Latest News & Advice

The risk of Coronavirus – now called COVID-19 – to individuals in the UK is low.  If you have been to Northern Italy mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia or Macau in the last 14 days and have a cough or fever or shortness of breath, stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
If you have returned from the specific areas below since February 19, you should call NHS111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms: Iran, Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy, Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea, Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days).
The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus. You can help too.
Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and others always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Bin the tissue and, to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water or use a sanitiser gel.  This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including COVID-19.
If you are worried, please ring NHS 111. 

If you have returned from any at risk area noted above in the last 14 days you should stay indoors, avoid contact with other people and consider the following:

  • Call NHS 111 to tell them of your recent travel to the city.
  • If you are in Northern Ireland, call a GP.
  • Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

What this means in practice

  • This means staying at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan or from the specific areas noted above and not going to work, school or public areas.
  • Try to avoid having visitors to your home, but it’s OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food.
  • While the risk to the UK population remains low, these steps are recommended to limit the potential spread of infection.

Transport

Do not use public transport or taxis until 14 days after your return from Wuhan or from the specific areas noted above.

Getting food and medicine

Stay at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan, and avoid public places. Ask a friend, family member or delivery services to carry out errands on your behalf.

Taking children to school

Stay at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau or from any of the specific areas noted on this page.

Avoid public places. Ask a friend or family member to take your children to school.

If you develop symptoms

If you develop a high temperature, cough, runny nose, sore throat or difficulty breathing, continue to follow this advice. Do not leave your home until you have been given advice by a doctor.

What is the risk of catching coronavirus in the UK?

If there are any further cases in the UK, health professionals will aim to contact anyone who has been in close contact with the infected person.

If you have not been contacted, be reassured you are extremely unlikely to catch coronavirus.

Symptoms of coronavirus

  • Feeling tired.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • High temperature.
  • A cough.

How is coronavirus spread between people?

Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses spread by cough droplets.

Treatment for coronavirus

There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms.

Further information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

GOV.UK has further information on coronavirus and the situation in the UK, and advice on travel to China.

The lastest advice as of 25/02/2020 is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public?gclid=CjwKCAiA4Y7yBRB8EiwADV1haazDXTSWx2w-tAofsH-ndcfPi8JuGj5SHwEumZHdxXinqjwMiwIrdxoC7ZUQAvD_BwE