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Breaking News: Coronavirus Update and Advice

By DomBrowzer 25 Feb 2020

Coronavirus advice for our student and staff community

Updated: 24 February 2020

Information 


As you will be aware, there is currently an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) that is believed to have started in China. 

Cases have been confirmed across China and in other countries, with only a small number of confirmed cases in the UK, where the risk to individuals is low. 

Common symptoms include fever and a cough. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and lung disease.

The risk to individuals in the UK is low. However, to reduce the risk of infection, take simple precautions such as: cover your mouth or nose when you cough or sneeze; put tissues in the bin straight after use; and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

We are following advice from Public Health England, and encourage you to check the latest official advice on coronavirus and official NHS advice. Both sites are updated regularly and include useful information.

Advice and Guidance 

The University’s advice is not to travel to, or transit through, China or Hong Kong at the present time. Due to increased risk, we have also suspended all University business travel to China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau until 30 April 2020. This includes all staff visits and student placements, volunteering and field trips. 

If you have returned to the UK from Wuhan or Hubei Province in the last 14 days:

• stay indoors and avoid contact with other people (as you would with flu)
• call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area

You should follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

If you have returned to the UK from elsewhere in China, or Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau in the last 14 days and develop symptoms:

• stay indoors and avoid contact with other people (as you would with flu)
• call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel 

Follow this advice even if symptoms are minor.

The health and safety of our students and staff is of critical importance, so we are continuing to monitor the situation closely. 

If you have any questions, please contact Hallam Help by email at hallamhelp@shu.ac.uk.