Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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Instructions for all staff, students and visitors:

What is Coronavirus (Covid-19)?

In late December 2019, the People’s Republic of China reported an outbreak of pneumonia due to unknown cause in Wuhan City, Hubei Province.

In early January 2020, the cause of the outbreak was identified as a new coronavirus, named Coronavirus, now called Covid-19. While early cases were likely infected by an animal source in a ‘wet market’ in Wuhan, there is evidence that human-to-human transmission can also occur.

Covid-19 can cause respiratory illness of varying severity. Currently, there is no vaccine and no specific treatment for infection with the virus. 

The risk to the UK population is low and to date there have been no cases in Scotland, although 8 cases have been confirmed in England. Simple precautions are recommended such as continuing to practice good hand and personal hygiene.

Signs and symptoms

Symptoms can include:

  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing

HPS Coronavirus Information Sheet - English

HPS Coronavirus Information Sheet - Mandarin

Advice for travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Provinces

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days 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 area

If you are in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

HPS Coronavirus Information Sheet - English

HPS Coronavirus Information Sheet - Mandarin

Advice for travellers from elsewhere in China & specified areas

Advice for Travellers from Other Parts of China and 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. In Scotland phone your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours. If you are in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.

Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor.

HPS Coronavirus Information Sheet - English

HPS Coronavirus Information Sheet - Mandarin

Preventing the spread of infection

Frequently Asked Questions

For information and frequently asked questions, please see here - Coronadisease (Covid-19) - Frequently Asked Questions

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