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Coronavirus communication

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Coronavirus communication
by Kyle Warman - Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 3:39 PM

As we are all aware there has been considerable coverage in the news about the Covid-19 virus (Coronavirus). There have currently been only 9 confirmed cases in the UK and the general risk level has been stated as moderate by the UK’s Chief Medical Officers.

The Department of Education has issued the following advice regarding preventing the spread of this virus and any other, more common viruses around at this time of year:

  1. washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport

  2. covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it

  3. people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting

  4. pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:

  • before leaving home
  • on arrival at College/School
  • after using the toilet
  • after breaks and sporting activities
  • before food preparation
  • before eating any food, including snacks
  • before leaving College/School

  1. use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available  

  2. avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

  3. avoid close contact with people who are unwell

  4. clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (our Cleaning teams will continue to clean areas to the normal high standard but please assist by keeping surfaces clear and placing rubbish in bins)

  5. if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a student or colleague, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment

    Posters with the above information have been displayed in public areas of each campus.  If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact either Katherine Coleman or Kevin Gittins.

    Best wishes,

    Health and Safety team