London,
03
February
2020
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11:36
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Coronavirus: latest public health information

The government has published advice on how people can slow the spread of coronavirus and reduce the impact on NHS services.

Similar to the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ campaign used for flu and norovirus, government advice is to follow important hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

Advice to the public is to:

  • always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin the tissue
  • wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel, to kill germs.

People who have recently travelled back from the Hubei province in China are being asked to:

  • 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 city.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere else in China (not including Macao or Hong Kong) to the UK and develops symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath should immediately self-isolate, even if symptoms are minor, and call NHS 111.

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. For further information on coronavirus, please visit the NHS website