The following advice has been forwarded to The Department for Education by Public Health England:
We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Public Health England advises that the risk to individuals in the UK remains low.
As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to stop germs:
·always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
·wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
·avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
·avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Yesterday, the Chief Medical Advisor for England, Chris Whitty updated advice for travellers returning to the UK from specific areas affected by COVID-19, which you can find at:
If you have returned from the following specific areas since 19th February, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:
If you have returned from the following areas since 19 February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111:
If you have a cough, or fever or shortness of breath and have visited any of the following areas in the last 14 days, stay indoors and call NHS 111 informing them of your recent travel:
There is no need to manage returning groups any differently. Pupils, students and staff returning from trips to the countries specified above should follow the same advice.
Public Health England blog:https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
Guidance for educational settingshttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
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