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Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice

 

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for
outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure
the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to
the public as normal.


The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from
mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan,
Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning
travellers.


Call 111 now if you've been:


 To Wuhan or Hubei Province in China, Iran, Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy in the last 14 days (even if you do
not have symptoms)
• to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14
days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if
it's mild)
• to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in
the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of
breath (even if it's mild)
• in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay
indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
Further information is available on nhs.uk.


Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact
with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A
person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash
their hands.


The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated
surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited
Wuhan or Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.


Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations.
This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the
hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact
with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has
also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be
reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all
appointments as usual.


Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:


• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public
transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.


You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England and Further
information is available on nhs.uk.

    


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