Wuhan novel coronavirus: what you need to know

The latest advice from Public Health England…

Public Health England has published a Q&A blog to help answer some of the questions you may have about the Wuhan novel coronavirus.

PHE has updated the blog to reflect the latest advice for those who have travelled to Wuhan in the past 14 days.

There are two confirmed cases of Wuhan novel coronavirus in the UK (as of 31 Jan). Enhanced measures have been put in place for direct flights into Heathrow from Wuhan. PHE continue to advise travellers. The UK has updated its travel advice and advise only essential travel to Wuhan.

Current advice

If you have been to Wuhan, China in the last 14 days, you should:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with others, where possible
  • Call NHS 111 for advice, informing them of your symptoms (if any) and your recent travel to the city
  • Don’t go to work, school or public areas
  • Avoid visitors in your home
  • Avoid using public transport or taxis

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

Symptoms to look out for

If you develop any of the following symptoms, you should continue to follow the advice above.

  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing

Do not leave your home until a clinician has given you advice.

Media enquiries

Please direct all media enquiries to the Communications team. They receive regular updates and advice from colleagues at a national and regional level.

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