Friday, 14 February 2020
The following advice is for staff or students who may have concerns about Coronavirus Covid-19.
The health and safety of our staff and students is our priority and if you are concerned, we ask you to remain calm and follow the advice and simple precautions published on this page.
The University is following the latest advice for the UK from the Department for Health and Public Health England as well as from the Chinese health authorities for our Ningbo campus. Please bookmark and refer regularly to this webpage for the latest information.
Please scroll down for a Mandarin translation of this article:
Public Health England continue to assess the risk to the UK as moderate.
There are no confirmed cases among University staff or students.
Latest FAQs are published here.
Please support friends and colleagues in following this advice, appreciating that some will have their own concerns about friends and family in China.
The Vice-Chancellor has written to express the University's support for Chinese students - you can read the letter here.
Information posters from Public Health England are being displayed across our campuses – you can download a copy in Mandarin or English.
Our staff and students in the UK are fundraising to support the people of the city of Ningbo - you can donate via justgiving.com - and our student societies in Ningbo have raised more than 200,000 RMB to support initiatives in Wuhan.
Public Health England continues to assess the current risk to the UK as moderate and is working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international partners to keep the situation under constant review.
The coronavirus has now been declared a global emergency by the WHO, due to concerns that it could spread to countries with weaker health systems.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
If you have recently travelled in or out of one of the affected areas and believe you are experiencing possible symptoms, please seek medical advice at the soonest opportunity.
To limit the potential spread of any viral infections, please maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene at all times. The World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests good practice to avoid the spread of infection includes:
- washing hands thoroughly and regularly using soap and water or an alcohol based hand rub
- covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and where possible with a tissue or your sleeve. Remember to wash your hands as soon as possible afterwards.
- avoiding sharing food, drink and utensils
- thoroughly cooking meat and eggs and avoiding raw or undercooked animal products
- regularly cleaning surfaces with disinfectant
UK public health measures are world leading and the National Health Service is well prepared to manage and treat new diseases. The NHS has been carefully monitoring the situation for some time and is ready to treat patients and put in place proportionate, precautionary measures.
What to do if you feel unwell or have travelled from an affected area
Remain calm and follow advice published by the UK Department for Health which states that if you have 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 are experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, please stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
In addition, Public Health England advises that if you have returned specifically from Wuhan in the last 14 days, please stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses and contact NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city. Please 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. Please do not leave your home until you been given advice by a clinician.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office has advised against all but essential travel to mainland China, has advised UK citizens in China to leave where it is possible to do so, and is completing the evacuation of UK citizens from Hubei Province. Flight operators including British Airways have now suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China. Chinese authorities have suspended public transport in Wuhan and a number of other cities in Hubei province, advising people in China to avoid travelling in and out of the cities and avoid crowds. In many cases, public organisations and businesses are extending the lunar new year holiday to help contain the spread of the virus.
UNNC Ningbo campus
The University is keeping students at our Ningbo campus informed of the latest safety advice by Chinese health authorities, screening staff and students and advising on precautionary measures such as good hand and respiratory hygiene. The new semester will commence with online teaching from 2 March 2020.
The University has suspended all mobility study programmes with a destination in China. Students who have travelled – or who were due to travel – to or from Ningbo or other parts of China as part of their study programmes have been contacted with advice and support to continue their studies in the UK for the time being. The University’s aim will be to ensure that none of these students will be academically or economically disadvantaged.