Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Trinity Laban wishes to draw its staff to government advice about the coronavirus.
This guidance reflects new official advice directed at those travelling to the UK from East and South East Asia, as well as UK nationals in China.
Information about coronavirus
Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new strain of virus first identified in Wuhan City, China. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. 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.
Based on current evidence, novel coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms, including a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. Those who have died in Wuhan appear to have had pre-existing health conditions.
The new virus is understood to have an incubation period of up to 14 days.
On Thursday 30 January 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a public health emergency of international concern. In the light of that declaration, the UK Chief Medical Officers raised the risk to the public from ‘low’ to ‘moderate’.
They say that this permits the Government to plan for all eventualities, and make it clear that the risk to individuals remains low.
On Thursday 6 February, the UK Chief Medical Officers issued new advice to anyone travelling to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the previous 14 days and is experiencing a cough, fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
Advice for staff and who have recently returned from Hubei Province (including Wuhan)
As a ‘highly precautionary measure’, the UK Government has issued the following advice to individuals who have arrived from Hubei Province in the past 14 days:
If you have returned from Hubei Province to the UK in the past 14 days you should immediately:
- stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses; and
- contact NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city.
Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.
All members of Trinity Laban staff and academic visitors, who have travelled here from Hubei Province in the past 14 days, should follow this advice by isolating themselves so far as possible for 14 days after the date of their arrival in London. They should avoid close contact with other people as much as possible, and in particular they should not come to lectures and classes and they should avoid public places.
Any individuals isolating themselves in this way may resume normal activities at the end of the 14-day period provided that they have not developed a fever, difficulty in breathing or a cough (in which case they should contact NHS 111, as advised above).
You should inform your Line Manager and the POD Team immediately if you are isolating yourself in accordance with the above advice. All staff should do so by e-mail ASAP.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE that the Government advice set out above only applies to those who have travelled from Hubei Province in the past 14 days; it does not apply to those who have come from other parts of China. Such individuals should follow the advice below.
Advice for staff who have recently arrived from other parts of China and other specified areas
This advice applies to staff/travellers who have arrived in the UK from the following areas:
- Republic of Korea
- Hong Kong
If you have arrived in the UK from any of these areas in the past 14 days and develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:
- stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu; and
- call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel.
Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are mild.
Again you should inform your Line Manager and the POD Team immediately if you are isolating yourself in accordance with the above advice. All staff should do so by e-mail ASAP.
Advice for staff considering travel to China
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against all but essential travel to mainland China.
Trinity Laban will not be sending any staff to mainland China while this FCO advice remains in place.
For all other overseas travel (that is, travel other than mainland China), the normal Trinity Laban travel processes should be followed – including the production of a risk assessment informed by FCO advice and input from your Line Manager.
General health advice
This is a time of year when many people in the UK suffer from coughs and colds. Everyone is recommended to follow the usual hygiene precautions in daily life to reduce the risk of infection, such as washing hands regularly, covering your mouth and nose if you sneeze or cough, and keeping our kitchen areas clean.
Sources of information
You can get more information from the Government’s website and also the following websites: