Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, including the current situation in the UK, is being updated daily by the lead agencies.
Based on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the risk to the UK has been moved from low to moderate. If more cases are confirmed in the UK, it will be announced as soon as possible by the Chief Medical Officer of the affected country.
While we believe the risk to our Edge Hill community remains low, the health and welfare of our students, staff and visitors is a priority for us and we wanted to remind you of Public Health England’s most up-to-date advice, particularly with regards to travel and advice on self-isolating if you are concerned.
Public Health England Advice
Anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, should stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
Self-isolation is required if you’re returning from these and other certain countries including northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmarand. A full list of countries most affected and the latest advice can be found here.
The World Health Organisation also has lots of recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses, including hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices – www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public .
Expecting visitors from overseas?
Please check the destination on the website for details and if in doubt contact Student Services for advice.
Support for staff and students
If you have any queries or concerns about your own health, we would urge you to follow the advice from Public Health England or contact your GP/Doctor for guidance but avoid visiting your doctor’s surgery. You are also encouraged to keep either your tutor or line manager informed.
There is lots of support available at the University whether you’re a member of staff or a student through our Human Resources, Student Wellbeing and International Office teams. Please do get in touch with team members if you want further advice.