There's been lots of news coverage of the outbreak of a strain of coronavirus, a respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans that originated for unknown reasons in Wuhan City in the Hubei Province of China. We're here with what you need to know. 

What's happening?

To date (as of 26/2/20) there have been 13 cases in the UK (none in Scotland). The risk the UK is still considered low but we recognise the impact of the concerns to students and staff at Strathclyde. To check out the most up to date information, please visit the UK Government's page here

Symptoms: 

Symptoms of coronavirus 2019-nCoV (the specific strain currently being seen) are similar to those seen in the common cold or flu: coughing, high temperatures, and shortness of breath. If you are concerned about your symptoms, contact NHS 24 on 111 for advice. 

Strathclyde: 

The University has a team of staff who are keeping track of what's happening and the latest information and advice from the World Health Organization, Health Protection Scotland, and Public Health England. They have provided detailed guidance and advice for students and staff at Strathclyde who are concerned about themselves or someone else. They will be continuing to monitor public health updates, government advice, and publishing this on their website. Students and staff who may have been in Wuhan have been contacted directly. 

What should I do if I have travelled to Wuhan?

Anyone who has travelled from Wuhan or through the Hubei Province in the last 14 days should stay indoors and away from other people. You are also asked to contact NHS 24 on 111 to inform them of your travel. If you are in Northern Ireland please call 0300 200 7885.

You can also inform the University by calling the Disability & Wellbeing Service on 0141 548 3402 or emailing studenthealthenquiries@strath.ac.uk 

What should I do if I have travelled elsewhere?

If you have travelled from Hubei and other specified areas:

If you have travelled to the UK from the following areas in the last 14 days or since 19th February 2020:

  • Hubei province (in the last 14 days);

  • Iran (since 19th Feb);

  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy (since 19th Feb);

  • Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea (since 19th Feb);. 

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.

If you have travelled from other parts of China and other specified areas in the last 14 days:

  • 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.

If you have returned from the following areas since February 19th: 

  • Northern Italy as above, not including Pisa, Florence, and Rimini;

  • Vietnam;

  • Cambodia;

  • Laos;

  • Myanmar. 

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas since February 19th 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.

What should I do if I feel unwell?

Stay indoors and away from other people until you have consulted with either your GP or NHS 24 for advice on what steps to follow. 

Looking after yourself

The main thing you can do is follow basic hygiene steps such as:

  • Washing your hands regularly with soap and running water or alcohol-based gels and handwashes; 

  • Covering your mouth or nose with the inside of your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing;

  • Disposing of used tissues immediately;

  • Avoid spitting in public;

  • Avoiding close contact if you are experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms;

  • Seeking medical advice if you are worried about any of your symptoms. 

What should I do if I'm due to travel somewhere? 

The FCO update their travel advice in relation to all areas here regularly, so this is the best place to check any restrictions on where you are due to travel to (including any transit locations). It's also worth checking with airlines directly. 

Report and Support:

Strathclyde should be a community free from harrassment, discrimination, threat, bullying, or any other behaviour that makes someone feel unsafe. We would strongly encourage anyone aware of any unacceptable behaviours (whether you have experienced them yourself or have witnessed/heard about anything happening to someone else) to the Union and University through the Report & Support online tool. 

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