Updated: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information

25 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.
 
If you are concerned you may have Coronavirus do not visit your GP or come to our Emergency Department, instead, help us to help you by following this advice:
  

If you have returned from these specific areas 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 of China (returned in the past 14 days)

If you have returned from these areas since February 19th and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.

  • Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini),
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

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 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. 
 
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. 
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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