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Information on coronavirus


 

The latest information that we have on the coronavirus. 

Update as of 25 February (new information in bold)

We are continuing to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus and are following advice from Public Health England and the National Health Service (NHS). At this time, all activity at the College continues as normal.

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and our community is of utmost importance to us so please check the government’s advice about coronavirus.

Colds and flu are common at this time of year and we are reminding everyone on campus about simple steps we can all take to try to minimise the spread of viruses generally. These are:

  • 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 sanitiser gel.

As per government guidance, we have told all students and staff who have arrived back from Hubei Province, including Wuhan city, in the last 14 days to contact us and follow specific advice provided by the government. In addition, travellers from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau who have arrived in the UK in the last 14 days who develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, even if symptoms are mild, should follow the same specific advice provided by the government. We are also advising staff not to travel to China and to consider postponing any trips to affected areas of Asia. 

The latest advice from the government states that if you have also travelled from 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, since Wednesday 19 February, you should immediately self isolate and stay indoors for 14 days, avoiding contact with other people as you would with the flu and call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area.

In addition they are advising self-isolation and calling NHS 111 for anyone with symptoms who has returned from the following places since Wednesday 19 February from, Northern Italy (defined by the paragraph above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar.

This is a particularly difficult time for our students and staff with family, friends and colleagues living and working in China and other areas currently affected by the outbreak of coronavirus. We hope that our whole community will be sensitive and supportive at this time. 

In some cultures it is common practice for people to wear face masks to protect themselves from illness, even indoors, and it should not be assumed that anyone wearing one is unwell.

If you or a colleague are victim of or witness to racial harassment, abuse or violence we encourage you to contact your line manager, Security or Surrey Police. More information about hate crime and how the Police and Crown Prosecution Service will act on such behaviour is available here. If any of our students are victim of or witness to racial harassment, abuse or violence we are encouraging them to contact our Student Advisory and Wellbeing team, Security, Students’ Union Advice Centre or Surrey Police. 

Update as of 12 February 

We are continuing to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus and are following advice from Public Health England and the National Health Service (NHS). At this time, all activity at the College continues as normal.

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and our community is of utmost importance to us so please check the government’s advice about coronavirus.

Colds and flu are common at this time of year and we are reminding everyone on campus about simple steps we can all take to try to minimise the spread of viruses generally. These are:

  • 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 sanitiser gel.

As per government guidance, we have told all students and staff who have arrived back from Hubei Province, including Wuhan city, in the last 14 days to contact us and follow specific advice provided by the government. In addition, we have had updated advice from Public Health England that travellers ffrom mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau who have arrived in the UK in the last 14 days who develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, even if symptoms are mild, should follow the same specific advice provided by the government. We are also advising staff not to travel to China and to consider postponing any trips to affected areas of Asia. 

This is a particularly difficult time for our students and staff with family, friends and colleagues living and working in China and other areas currently affected by the outbreak of coronavirus. We hope that our whole community will be sensitive and supportive at this time. 

In some cultures it is common practice for people to wear face masks to protect themselves from illness, even indoors, and it should not be assumed that anyone wearing one is unwell.

If you or a colleague are victim of or witness to racial harassment, abuse or violence we encourage you to contact your line manager, Security or Surrey Police. More information about hate crime and how the Police and Crown Prosecution Service will act on such behaviour is available here. If any of our students are victim of or witness to racial harassment, abuse or violence we are encouraging them to contact our Student Advisory and Wellbeing team, Security, Students’ Union Advice Centre or Surrey Police. 

Discover all previous coronavirus updates on this webpage. 

Update as of 7 February 

We are continuing to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus and are following advice from Public Health England and the National Health Service (NHS). At this time, all activity at the College continues as normal.

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and our community is of utmost importance to us so please check the government’s advice about coronavirus.

Colds and flu are common at this time of year and we are reminding everyone on campus about simple steps we can all take to try to minimise the spread of viruses generally. These are:

  • 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 sanitiser gel.

As per government guidance, we have told all students and staff who have arrived back from Hubei Province, including Wuhan city, in the last 14 days to contact us and follow specific advice provided by the government. In addition, we have had updated advice from Public Health England that travellers from elsewhere in China (including Macao or Hong Kong), or specified countries in Asia including Thailand, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia, who have arrived in the UK in the last 14 days who develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath should follow the same specific advice provided by the government. We are also advising staff not to travel to China and to consider postponing any trips to affected areas of Asia. 

This is a particularly difficult time for our students and staff with family, friends and colleagues living and working in China and other areas currently affected by the outbreak of coronavirus. We hope that our whole community will be sensitive and supportive at this time. 

In some cultures it is common practice for people to wear face masks to protect themselves from illness, even indoors, and it should not be assumed that anyone wearing one is unwell.

If you or a colleague are victim of or witness to racial harassment, abuse or violence we encourage you to contact your line manager, Security or Surrey Police. More information about hate crime and how the Police and Crown Prosecution Service will act on such behaviour is available here. If any of our students are victim of or witness to racial harassment, abuse or violence we are encouraging them to contact our Student Advisory and Wellbeing team, Security, Students’ Union Advice Centre or Surrey Police. 

Update as of 6 February

We are continuing to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus and are following advice from Public Health England and the National Health Service (NHS). At this time, all activity at the College continues as normal.

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and our community is of utmost importance to us so please check the government’s advice about coronavirus.

Colds and flu are common at this time of year and we are reminding everyone on campus about simple steps we can all take to try to minimise the spread of viruses generally. These are:

  • 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 sanitiser gel.

As per government guidance, we have told all students and staff who have arrived back from Hubei Province, including Wuhan city, in the last 14 days to contact us and follow specific advice provided by the government. In addition, we have had updated advice from Public Health England that travellers from elsewhere in China (but not Macao or Hong Kong) to the UK in the last 14 days who develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath should follow the same specific advice provided by the government. We are also advising staff not to travel to China and to consider postponing any trips to affected areas of Asia. 

This is a particularly difficult time for our students and staff with family, friends and colleagues living and working in China and other areas currently affected by the outbreak of coronavirus. We hope that our whole community will be sensitive and supportive at this time. 

In some cultures it is common practice for people to wear face masks to protect themselves from illness, even indoors, and it should not be assumed that anyone wearing one is unwell.

If you or a colleague are victim of or witness to racial harassment, abuse or violence we encourage you to contact your line manager, Security or Surrey Police. More information about hate crime and how the Police and Crown Prosecution Service will act on such behaviour is available here. If any of our students are victim of or witness to racial harassment, abuse or violence we are encouraging them to contact our Student Advisory and Wellbeing team, Security, Students’ Union Advice Centre or Surrey Police. 

Update as of 4 February

We are continuing to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus and are following advice from Public Health England and the National Health Service (NHS). At this time, Public Health England has confirmed that there are two cases of coronavirus in England. There are no other confirmed cases in the UK and as such all activity at the College continues as normal.

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and our community is of utmost importance to us so please check the government’s advice about coronavirus.

Colds and flu are common at this time of year and we are reminding everyone on campus about simple steps we can all take to try to minimise the spread of viruses generally. These are:

  • 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 sanitiser gel.

As per government guidance, we have told all students and staff who have arrived back from Hubei Province, including Wuhan city, in the last 14 days to contact us and follow specific advice provided by the government. We are also advising staff not to travel to China and to consider postponing any trips to affected areas of Asia. 

This is a particularly difficult time for our students and staff with family, friends and colleagues living and working in China and other areas currently affected by the outbreak of coronavirus. We hope that our whole community will be sensitive and supportive at this time. 

In some cultures it is common practice for people to wear face masks to protect themselves from illness, even indoors, and it should not be assumed that anyone wearing one is unwell.

If you or a colleague are victim of or witness to racial harassment, abuse or violence we encourage you to contact your line manager, Security or Surrey Police. More information about hate crime and how the Police and Crown Prosecution Service will act on such behaviour is available here. If any of our students are victim of or witness to racial harassment, abuse or violence we are encouraging them to contact our Student Advisory and Wellbeing team, Security, Students’ Union Advice Centre or Surrey Police. 

Update as of 3 February

The novel strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, has continued to spread, although slowly, and two cases have now been confirmed in the UK – at York University. While PHE has raised the risk to the UK as a whole to Moderate they state that the risk to individuals remain low. This respiratory illness has flu-like symptoms and spreads in a similar fashion to cold and flu viruses.

We are advising staff not to travel to China and consider postponing any trips to affected areas of Asia. If you are planning to travel in the next eight weeks, and have not already done so, please contact insurancequeries@royalholloway.ac.uk.

If you are travelling to China please follow any local advice and avoid "unprotected" contact with live animals, ensure that meat and eggs are thoroughly cooked and avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. 

While there have been a number of developments in terms of the coronavirus, including the World Health Organisation declaring this a global emergency, the advice from the NHS and Public Health England remains:

  • Those who have returned from the Hubei province, including Wuhan city in the last 14 days or been in contact with someone who has been confirmed as having the coronavirus should call NHS 111 to inform them and stay at home, avoiding public places and transport for 14 days.
  • If they then develop any cold or flu-like symptoms they should contact NHS 111 again. They will be collected by ambulance should they require hospital treatment.

School Administration Offices and Heads of Departments are being provided with additional information as and when it becomes available.

Further information from Public Health England can be found on gov.uk.

Further information from the NHS, including advice, can be found on the NHS website.

Further information and advice about travelling to China can be found on gov.uk.

Advice for our students can be found on the student intranet

Update as of 31 January

The novel strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, has continued to spread around China. This respiratory illness has flu-like symptoms and spreads in a similar fashion to cold and flu viruses. Despite this the NHS and Public Health England have assessed the risk to the UK population as remaining low.

We are advising staff not to travel to China and consider postponing any trips to affected areas of Asia. If you are planning to travel in the next eight weeks, and have not already done so, please contact insurancequeries@royalholloway.ac.uk.

If you are travelling to China please follow any local advice and avoid "unprotected" contact with live animals, ensure that meat and eggs are thoroughly cooked and avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. The current NHS advice is that anyone displaying flu-like symptoms who has been to China or has had contact with someone who has been confirmed as being infected with coronavirus should call 111 for further advice. Other advice is available for anyone who has specifically been to Wuhan within the last 14 days.

School Administration Offices and Heads of Departments are being provided with additional information as and when it becomes available.

Further information from Public Health England can be found on gov.uk.

Further information from the NHS, including advice, can be found on the NHS website.

Advice for our students can be found on the student intranet

Update as of 29 January

The novel strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, has continued to spread around China. This respiratory illness has flu-like symptoms and spreads in a similar fashion to cold and flu viruses. Despite this the NHS and Public Health England have assessed the risk to the UK population as remaining low.

We are advising staff not to travel to China and consider postponing any trips to affected areas of Asia. If you are planning to travel in the next eight weeks, and have not already done so, please contact insurancequeries@royalholloway.ac.uk.

If you are travelling to China please follow any local advice and avoid "unprotected" contact with live animals, ensure that meat and eggs are thoroughly cooked and avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. The current NHS advice is that anyone displaying flu-like symptoms who has been to China or has had contact with someone who has been confirmed as being infected with coronavirus should call 111 for further advice. Other advice is available for anyone who has specifically been to Wuhan within the last 14 days.

School Administration Offices and Heads of Departments are being provided with additional information as and when it becomes available.

Further information from Public Health England can be found on gov.uk.

Further information from the NHS, including advice, can be found on the NHS website.

Update as of 22 January

It has been confirmed that there has been an outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus in the Wuhan and Hubei provinces of China, specifically the cities of Wuhan and Huanggang. This respiratory illness has flu-like symptoms and spreads in a similar fashion to cold and flu viruses.

We advise that staff do not travel to Wuhan province and only travel to surrounding provinces in China if absolutely necessary. If you are planning on travelling to China please review if the trip is necessary even if you are not visiting the east of the country. Heathrow Airport has begun screening passengers travelling from Wuhan province and this could be expanded if the disease continues to spread.

If you are travelling to China please follow any local advice and avoid "unprotected" contact with live animals, ensure that meat and eggs are thoroughly cooked and avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

Cases are being reported outside of China, including: Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and potentially Australia. There has been one reported case in the US, but this is not a cause for concern at this time. Before travel please check with the ECDC for any updates: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/novel-coronavirus-china.

A World Health Organisation (WHO) Q&A on coronaviruses in general can be found here: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

Further information on the symptoms can be found on the NHS website. 

If you are travelling to China please follow any local advice and avoid "unprotected" contact with live animals, ensure that meat and eggs are thoroughly cooked and avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. The current NHS advice is that anyone who has been to Hubei province, including Wuhan city, in the last 14 days or has had contact with someone who has been confirmed as being infected with coronavirus should call 111 for further advice and self-isolate for 14 days. If anyone meets either of these criteria then develops cold of flu symptoms they may be taken to hospital for further tests and support.

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