Lincoln Uni tells students who have recently returned to Wuhan to stay indoors

They have said to inform the NHS of their symptoms


The University of Lincoln have advised students who have recently returned from Wuhan to stay indoors and avoid contact with others, in relation to fears of Coronavirus reaching campus.

Yesterday, the University's Internal Communications told students and staff that "If there are any staff or students who have recently returned from Wuhan who feel unwell, in particular if they are experiencing flu like symptoms (fever, difficulty breathing, cough), they should contact their GP practice by phone."

As of today, the University issued new advice stating: "In line with the update from PHE (Public Health England), the University is advising that all staff and students who have returned from Wuhan in the last 14 days should do the following: Stay indoors and avoid contact with others as you would with other flu viruses" and "contact NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city".

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The latest update says: "If you do begin to experience flu like symptoms (fever, difficulty breathing, cough), you should remain in your home, contact NHS 111 and await guidance. Do not go directly to your GP." Urging those to remain indoors, like they would if they were suffering from the flu.

Public Health England (PHE) has given guidance that there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the UK and the risk to the UK population is low as assessed by PHE.

The University has also advised against any travel to China and Hong Kong, since the declaration of the virus in Hong Kong and those in China.

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According to the complete University Guide, the university is home to hundreds of international students, over 200 of them being from China.

The University "would like to remind staff and students that the Student Wellbeing team is on hand to provide advice and support to anyone concerned about coronavirus."

Currently, the death toll from the virus is now at 106, with the virus spreading across China and at least 16 other countries.

The virus causes a severe respiratory infection and at this time there is no specific cure of vaccine for the it. The initial victims of the deadly virus were elderly and those with pre-existing respiratory issues.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has confirmed that they are taking advise from Public Health England about the virus.