Message from the Academic Registrar: Avoiding coronavirus - advice for students

Posted by nm365 at Jan 24, 2020 04:21 PM |

We are getting in touch to offer you our advice about what to do if you feel worried about novel coronavirus cases being reported.

We are aware of the situation and are monitoring it closely.

We would like to reassure you that there are no known cases of coronavirus linked to the university, however we are prepared and have protocols in place, if the situation changes.

At this point, we advise students who are travelling to or from Wuhan personally, or have family or visitors arriving from Wuhan to follow the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England guidelines.

To protect yourself from being infected, WHO advice is to:

  • Clean your hands frequently by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough.
  • If you have recently travelled to China, and develop a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, telephone your health care provider for advice and share your travel history.
  • If in China, avoid visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals.
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

You can read updates on the situation from Public Health England here, and you can read news and information from the World Health Organisation here.

If, having read the advice and guidance on the above webpages, you feel that you need to talk to somebody about the matter, please contact our Student Support team. If you feel it is an urgent matter and you need more immediate medical advice, please contact the NHS on 111 or visit the NHS 111 website.

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