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Coronavirus: Public Information

Coronavirus: Public Information

The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus. You can help too. Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and others:

• 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 a sanitiser gel.
• If you have arrived back from China within 14 days follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus. Find out more on the NHS.UK website or latest guidance on the GOV.UK website.

Travel advice

If you have travelled from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, or Thailand to the UK in the last 14 days you should take the following action immediately (even if you do not have symptoms):

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as they would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of their recent travel to the area

If you have travelled from elsewhere in China (but not Macao or Hong Kong) to the UK in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath you should take the following action immediately (even if symptoms are mild):

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as they would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of their recent travel to the country

If you meet these criteria please do not go to your GP practice, healthcare centre or a hospital. Call NHS 111, stay indoors and avoid contact 

What this means in practice

You should take simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible, like you would with other flu viruses.

This means remaining at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if they have symptoms) and not going to work, school or public areas.

Where possible, avoid having visitors to your home, but it’s ok for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food.

Transport

You should not use public transport or taxis until 14 days after you return from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if you have symptoms).

What to look out for 

Coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. 

General enquiries

For general queries regarding coronavirus visit NHS.UK website and follow the link for information on Coronavirus. But please do not call NHS 111 for general enquiries.

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