CoronaVirus – Health Advice

CORONAVIRUS

Dear Parents

Please see below some updated advice from Public Health England about the coronavirus.  This mainly relates to people who have travelled overseas recently, in particular to the following countries:

Wuhan or Hubei Province
China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau

If you have any concerns in the first instance you should self isolate and take advice from the NHS by dialling 111.  Parents of pupils who are absent from school, who have travelled to these areas should let me know so that the absence can be authorised.

Regards

Colm McKavanagh – Headteacher

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

All national guidance is available from the PHE website https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus. Please check it regularly for updated guidance.

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province – If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province 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.

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas – This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:

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

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, 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 country

Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor.