Update: 17th March 2020

Background

A number of patients in England have now tested positive for the Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) strain of coronavirus. The UK Chief Medical Officer has assessed the current risk to the public in the UK as High.

The College has issued the following advice based upon the recommendations from The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England:

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. 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.

What to do if you have symptoms

Stay at home and self isolate for 14 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

All members of your household should also self isolate. This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Please follow government advice relating to avoiding social contact, public gatherings, unnecessary travel and visiting public places such as Theaters, cinemas, pubs and restaurants.

At 14:00 each day the Department of Health and Social Care issue an online update on the situation which will be checked daily by the Health & Safety Adviser and any advice will be updated accordingly.

Students should be advised to contact their tutor or Student Services for support and access to remote learning materials.

Staff should email Line Manager and HR for support and to report related absence.

For further guidance please contact either the College Director of IT & Estates or Health & Safety Advisor via email.

 

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