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31 Jan 2020


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31 January 2020 - Updated Coronavirus Advice

You may have heard the news that the Coronavirus has been declared a Global Health Emergency, and the first cases have been confirmed in the UK.

The advice from Public Health England remains the same: If people have returned from Wuhan in the last 14 days, they should take simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible, like they would with other flu viruses. You will find their full advice here.

We have produced a list of frequently asked questions about the Coronavirus and set up a dedicated mailbox to deal with enquiries from colleagues and students:

Whether you’re a student or a member of staff, we want to remind you that you have the right to be treated respectfully, fairly and without harassment or discrimination and this is something the University takes very seriously. If you see or experience behaviour that isn’t right you must report it and there is support available.

We will continue to post the latest updates on this page.


30 January 2020 - Updated Coronavirus Advice

Current situation

Public Health England continues to advise that the risk of Coronavirus remains low and there have been no confirmed cases in the UK, or cases of UK citizens abroad. UCLan has set up a working group to continue to monitor the situation and put in place whatever may be required to protect students as far as possible. Please check here for future updates as the situation could change on a regular basis.

Preventative measures

At this time of year when bugs and viruses are more prevalent, we will be carrying out additional cleaning of communal areas to prevent the transfer of germs. This will mean that our cleaning teams will be prioritising areas where germs are more likely to spread such as handrails, door handles, light switches, communal keyboards, toilets and hard work surfaces. We will be prioritising campus buildings with communal areas as well as our halls of residence.

To prevent the transfer of germs, students are reminded to wash their hands regularly and use hand sanitiser when possible. The following precautions should also be taken to reduce the spread of germs:
• Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough
• Regularly clean surfaces
• Avoid sharing food, drink and utensils

Hand sanitiser dispensers will be made available in communal areas across UCLan buildings as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of infection. Posters will also be on display reminding people of the Coronavirus symptoms and asking them to call NHS 111 if they have recently returned from China and feel unwell.


The advice from Public Health England is that if you have returned from Wuhan since 13 January:
• stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses
• contact NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city

It is important to follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus. If you develop a fever, difficulty breathing or a cough, you should continue to follow the advice above and do not leave your home until you been given advice by a clinician.

If you have any concerns
We know this may be a distressing time for some people and particularly for those with friends or family in affected regions of China. If you have any concerns, please continue to check this page or email

24 January 2020 - Coronavirus Advice


The advice from Public Health England states:

“Maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene and avoid visiting animal and bird markets or people who are ill with respiratory symptoms.”

Risks should be reduced if you take common-sense precautions such as:
• Washing hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds
• Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough
• Regularly clean surfaces
• Avoid sharing food, drink and utensils


Initial symptoms of Coronavirus usually start up to 14 days after catching the infection and are similar to a severe case of the flu and include:
• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath
• Breathing difficulties
• In some cases, diarrhoea has been the first symptom

If you feel unwell
If you feel unwell isolate yourself in your own room to help reduce the risk to others and keep in touch with family and friends so they are aware.

Individuals should call NHS 111 if they develop respiratory symptoms within 14 days of visiting Wuhan, informing their health service over the phone prior to their attendance about their recent travel to the city.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Travelling back from Wuhan

Enhanced monitoring will be in place from all direct flights from Wuhan to the UK. The enhanced monitoring package includes a number of measures that will help to provide advice to travellers if they feel unwell.

For those travelling back directly from Wuhan, this includes a Port Health team who will meet each direct flight aircraft to provide advice and support to those that feel unwell. They will check for symptoms of Coronavirus and provide information to all passengers about symptoms and what to do if they become ill.

More information
The University will continue to monitor the situation closely. If you have recently returned from or are due to travel to Wuhan City, China, please follow the further advice from The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Public Health England.