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Coronavirus: University Guidance

Coronavirus - UK Public Advice

Following an outbreak of a new Coronavirus (a serious, contagious virus that affects the respiratory system) in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, the University strongly advises that all staff and students adhere to the latest Government advice:

Please note – guidance is changing on a daily basis and has been extended to cover a wider range of countries which now includes Mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau. 

 

For health advice from Public Health England (PHE): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

For travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO): https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

We would like to emphasize that Public Health England states that based on the emerging evidence regarding case numbers, potential sources and human to human transmission, the risk to the individuals in the UK remains low.

The University is taking all precautionary measures necessary in accordance with UK Government advice.  We are monitoring changes and developments closely and adjusting our responses and operations as required.

The World Health Organisation advises that you take these simple hygiene steps to reduce exposure to and transmission of this virus and other cold/flu viruses:

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based rub
  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow, dispose of the tissue safely in a closed bin or toilet as soon as possible
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever and cough

Symptoms to look out for include fever (high temperature) difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose, cough

 

What to do if you feel you have these symptoms:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people
  • Phone 111 for advice and tell them about your recent travels
  • Tell us by emailing wellbeing@sunderland.ac.uk. We can help you with getting in touch with 111 and we want to check in and support you
  • Do not come to classes, go to work or public areas
  • Avoid visitors in your home
  • Avoid using buses, trains and taxis

 

Have you have been in China recently?

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

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area
  • email wellbeing@sunderland.ac.uk so we can support you

You must follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms

 

If you have travelled to the UK in the last 14 days from any of the following countries:

  • Mainland China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

Should you develop any symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath

You must immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
  • email wellbeing@sunderland.ac.uk so we can support you

You must follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor.

 

If you are a new student joining the University in February you should continue with your plans unless you are restricted by your local travel or government advice or you feel unwell. In such cases, please follow the advice issued by Public Health England or the advice issued by your local government. All University programmes will run as advertised.

If you are a student resident or on placement overseas or in a region affected by the virus you should follow the advice in this briefing AND any in-country advice or measures issued by those country authorities.

If you are a member of staff working/resident overseas or in a region affected by the virus you should follow the advice in this briefing AND any in-country advice or measures issued by those country authorities or your home Government.

Any Students and Staff and including those from China who are concerned for themselves or their family regarding the virus should visit our University Wellbeing team via wellbeing@sunderland.ac.uk

We can confirm that the vast majority of our Chinese students have not been in the Wuhan region, and are not considered to be at risk to themselves or others. The small handful of students who have recently travelled from the Wuhan/Hubei region, or those who have travelled from China recently, have all been contacted to ensure that they understand and are following the PHE advice as required. The University is in touch with these students and we are offering support as necessary.

 

Last Reviewed Friday 7th February, 2020

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