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Coronavirus ~ Latest advice for all residents

Corona Virus: Public Information (February 2020)

The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.

The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.

Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at:

Latest information and advice can also be found at:

Local information available on Reading Borough Council website

 

Advice for Parents and Guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.

There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.

We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.

What action you can take

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

You can do this by:

Displaying this poster in relevant public spaces:

Sharing DHSC content from the following social media links:

At present Public Health England’s (PHE) advice is detailed below. It is also posted online here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public and will be updated daily at 2pm.

If you have travelled from…

Action to take with immediate effect

Wuhan or Hubei Province

If you have travelled to the UK in the last 14 days you should 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
  • Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

Other parts of China and specified areas

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, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild - rather than going to see their GP or hospital in person. This means not going to school, work, shops etc.

 If you are not experiencing symptoms the current advice is that you do not need to self-isolate yourself at home.

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