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Wuhan Coronavirus: What you need to know

Tuesday 28 January 2020 NUS News

Update on Wuhan Coronavirus.

The Department for Health and Social Care is providing NUS with daily updates on the Wuhan Coronavirus situation.

You’ll also find the latest information and guidance at GOV.UK/coronavirus.

UPDATE 07.02.20

Three patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus. Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty, has shared a statement. If more cases are confirmed in the UK, it will be announced as soon as possible by the Chief Medical Officer of the affected country.


Based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low.


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.


UPDATE 04.02.20

Commenting, Erica Ramos, NUS Vice President (Union Development) said; 

Following the WHO public health emergency announcement last night, and confirmation by the Chief Medical Officer England that two patients have proven positive with coronavirus, we have reissued advice to students. Daily updates have been provided to our member students’ unions on the situation and these will continue.


Students are advised to follow the national advice available on the website and can access the same information via twitter. We will continue to monitor the situation closely working with the relevant health authorities.


As this happened during Chinese New Year, Chinese students would normally be back with their families to celebrate but due to the outbreak have been advised not to travel. We should be considerate and supportive of our Chinese students and friends who are challenged by this situation and no doubt worried for their families.


We are very concerned by reports that Chinese students are experiencing discrimination and hate as a result of this situation. NUS believes that all forms of hate and prejudice are unacceptable and shall continue to support students’ unions on any issues they may face around hate crime and xenophobia. We have a continued responsibility to ensure our spaces are inclusive and accessible to all students.


Get in touch with your SU if you are experiencing any issues so they can provide further guidance.


If you have returned from Wuhan in the last 14 days:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city

If you are in Northern Ireland, call your GP.

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

Further information is available on the website and you can access the same information via twitter. Just search for #Coronavirus.