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    Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    28/02/2020
    The University is closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation

    What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    There is currently an outbreak of a new type of Coronavirus. You might see it referred to as Wuhan novel Coronavirus, WN-CoV, or 2019-nCoV. Most cases of the disease have been mild, with no serious consequences; but the very young, the old, and those with pre-existing medical conditions are more at risk and there have been some deaths in these groups of people.

    What’s the situation in the UK?

    As of 26 February, a total of 7,132 people have been tested in the UK, of which 7,119 were confirmed negative and 13 positive. These figures include the 4 cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

    What travel advice should I be following?

    Based on the scientific advice of SAGE the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising 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.

    These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. This list will be kept under review.

    If you have returned from these specific areas (below) since February 19, you should call NHS111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:

    • -Iran
    • -Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
    • -Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
    • -Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)

    If you have returned from these areas (below) since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.

    • -Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini),
    • -Vietnam
    • -Cambodia
    • -Laos
    • -Myanmar

    If you have returned from Wuhan in the last 14 days, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people in the same way you would with other flu viruses. You should call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel, even if you do not have any symptoms. You should not come onto campus and you should let us know of your recent travel by contactingwellbeing@mdx.ac.uk 

    General health advice around viruses (not just Coronavirus)

    As with looking after your health generally, it's important to pay attention to personal hygiene such as hand-washing, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands. Some other things to remember are to:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Stay home when you are sick
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

    What if I want to find out more about Coronavirus?

    For the latest information on travel to China and for general advice and guidelines, please refer to the following websites: latest information from the Government, PHE Coronavirus updatesTravel Health Pro. You can find the latest travel advice on the FCO China travel page.

    What if I want support?

    We are conscious that you may have friends or family who are affected and that you may wish to discuss this with somebody. Remember, you can access Counselling and Mental Health support through weekday drop ins at 2pm a Sunny Hill House or through self-referral. You can also contact wellbeing@mdx.ac.uk for non-urgent general health and wellbeing advice or if you have any particular worries.

    What if I experience or see any kind of harassment on campus?

    At Middlesex, we have a strong history of welcoming Chinese students and staff and they play a vital part in our vibrant, diverse and international community. We will not tolerate racism in any form but instead will support one another to come together in solidarity through any difficult or challenging times. We encourage you to report any incident of racial harassment to the Care and Concern team on  careandconcern@mdx.ac.uk

    We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates accordingly.

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