This page will be updated with links to the latest advice on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Part of a larger family of viruses, Coronaviruses can infect people and cause illness that ranges from mild symptom illnesses (the common cold for example), to other more severe disease.
Currently there is no vaccine against COVID-19.
What action are we taking?
Information and advice is being reviewed daily by senior management, and wider meetings will be happening weekly in order to ensure we have an appropriate approach and response in place for managing the implications of COVID-19.
Advice from the following bodies is being monitored by the college:
Advice on travelling to areas affected with COVID-19
The information below provides links to the latest guidance for people travelling overseas following the outbreak of COVID-19.
Information about the risk of infection in the UK
The UK Government has issued regulations to ensure that the public are protected as far as possible from the transmission of the virus.
Health professionals will contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19.
If there’s a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to stay away from other people (self-isolate).
This means you should:
- stay at home
- not go to work, school or public places
- not use public transport or taxis
- ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
- try to avoid visitors to your home – it’s OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food
You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection.
Underlying Health Conditions
COVID-19 can be contracted by people of all ages.
Those who already have an underlying medical condition (such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes or are immunosuppressed) are not at greater risk of contracting COVID-19, however should you become infected with COVID-19 you could be at greater risk of complications.
People with underlying health conditions or on immunosuppressant medication should seek advice if they develop flu like symptoms (temperature, cough, shortness of breath).
Pregnancy or IVF Treatment
Make sure you follow hygiene measures to stop viruses like coronavirus spreading, such as washing your hands with soap and water often, and avoiding people who are unwell.
If you’ve been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
The use of Facemasks
Are face masks useful for preventing coronavirus?
Face masks play a very important role in places like hospitals, but there is very little evidence of widespread benefit for members of the public.