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About Covid19

Background: About the coronavirus


What is the coronavirus?

Public Health England (PHE) defines it as a type of flu-like virus common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of first identified in Wuhan City, China. Read more about the coronavirus from Gov.uk.


What are the symptoms?

Get an overview of symptoms and further information about the virus at NHS.UK/coronavirus.

Common signs of COVID-19 are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

Most cases appear to be mild, with those who have been most affected were already suffering from underlying health conditions that leave them more vulnerable to respiratory conditions.


How is it spread?

The coronavirus is spread in the same way that viruses similar to it are spread:

  • Through small droplets released by coughs and sneezes
  • Through touching your mouth and eyes when the virus is on your hands (e.g. by touching contaminated surfaces).

Read more from the NHS on how the coronavirus is spread.


What can I do to protect myself?

You can find out more from the NHS about the virus and how to protect yourself.

Their main advice is:

DO:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

DO NOT:

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

When should I stay at home?

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

You can only leave your home:

  • to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

Find out more on the NHS website


What can I do to help prevent the spread of coronavirus on campus?

You can see NHS advice on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Their main advice is:

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don’t

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

We can all help to support our community by following official guidance, avoiding spreading rumours about the coronavirus, and supporting anyone that is feeling unwell with empathy and support.

The IFRC (International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) has also launched a global appeal. Read more about the global appeal here.


What should I do if I think I have got coronavirus?

Use the online NHS coronavirus service to get advice


I have tested positive for coronavirus. Who do I need to inform?

You should report this immediately via the University helpline. Call 024 765 23111 from an external number, or 23111 from an internal number, to find out what to do next.

Please note, we cannot provide medical advice. The helpline is for reporting positive cases of confirmed coronavirus and for people on campus who need help and assistance relating to coronavirus.

You also need to formally notify your line manager/departmental contact (in accordance with normal sickness absence reporting procedures) as a matter of urgency giving details of the reason for absence and likely duration.


Further information, support and reporting

Email coronavirusenquiries@warwick.ac.uk

Contact Wellbeing Support Services or Employee Assistance Programme

Call our 24/7 helpline on +44(0)24 765 23111

About our helpline: Please note, we cannot provide medical advice. Our University helpline is for reporting positive cases of confirmed coronavirus and for people on campus who need help and assistance relating to coronavirus. You can also see our data protection statement to see how we handle and process information gathered from the helpline.


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