Coronavirus: Advice and Guidance

Coronavirus is a respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans. Although the risk of getting the illness in the UK is low, it's still important to know what to do if you have a concern.
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Have you travelled to China recently?

If you have returned from Wuhan or Hubei Province in the last 14 days, you should:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with others
  • Call NHS 111 to make them aware that you recently travelled to the city

It's best to follow this guidance even if you aren't showing symptoms of the virus. 

If you start to get symptoms (cough, high temperature, shortness of breath), continue to follow this advice, but don't leave your house without getting advice from a doctor. 

You should also follow this advice if you have returned from other parts of China (apart from Hong Kong and Macao) and get a cough, fever, or shortness of breath. 

What does this mean in practice?

If you think you're at risk of haiving coronavirus, you should stay at home for 14 days after returning from China. You shouldn't go to work, school or public areas. 

You should avoid having visitors, but friends, family and delivery drivers can drop off food. This is to limit the potential spread of infection. 

You should not use public transport or taxis for 14 days after your return from Wuhan or Hubei Province, or other parts of China if you have symptoms.

If there are children in your home, but they are well and have not visited China, there is no need for them to stay off school.

Information sourced from NHS website.

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