What is Coronavirus?
On 31 December 2019, public health authorities were alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. This was confirmed to be the novel coronavirus. Novel coronavirus is a respiratory illness from the same family of viruses as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). The Wuhan coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that had not previously been identified in humans.
On the 30th of January, the Director-General of the WHO declared that the outbreak of 2019-nCoV novel coronavirus constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. This gives authorities such as the WHO greater powers to direct the response. The WHO has now named the disease COVID-19, short for cornavirus disease 2019.
Who has been affected by the novel Coronavirus COVID-19?
As of 18th February 2020, 73,332 (43,103 on the 11th January 2020) cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed globally. 804 cases have been confirmed outside of China. These cases have affected 24 countries so far; China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka, United States of America, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, Belgium, Finland, Spain and Sweden.
The UK authorities have confirmed that 9 patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus. Two were members of the same family. None of the patients were infected in the UK.
Current advice to UK citizens who are in China is to leave if you are able to.
We at Nomad encourage our patients and partners to rely on information that is provided by public health authorities. Public Health England provides realtime updates from the UK Government here. WHO offers up to date global information on confirmed coronavirus cases, your potential risk of infection and any updates on how to protect yourself.
Symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
Symptoms of the novel coronavirus are similar to other respiratory diseases, including flu and the common cold. The currently observed symptoms of the novel coronavirus include:
- feeling tired
- difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Coronavirus Prevention Tips
- Avoid close contact with people displaying flu like symptoms
- If you have any symptoms of acute respiratory infection such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or difficulty breathing), practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands)
- Keep sanitary conditions to as high a standard as possible
- Wash hands properly and regularly, especially after contact with ill people or their environment
- Use hand sanitiser regularly
- Do not rely on surgical masks to reduce transmission, they are not effective
- When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals
- Avoid crowded places and public transport if unwell
If you have returned from China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city
What to do if you show symptoms of Coronavirus
If you are unwell with potential symptoms of coronavirus, and have travelled internationally, it is incredibly important that you urgently seek medical advice. Stay indoors and avoid contact with anyone. Immediately call 111 to discuss your symptoms, travel itinerary & next steps.
What should I do if I plan to travel to China or elsewhere?
The UK Foreign Office has advised against all travel to mainland China. Current advice to UK citizens who are in China is to leave if you are able to. If you plan on travelling to China or elsewhere in the world, have an in-depth travel health consultation before you go.
Our expert Nurses will consult with you on the coronavirus outbreak & how it will affect your travel plans. Be aware that wherever you travel there are vaccine preventable diseases such as flu. It’s important you are protected against these along with being aware of any outbreaks that may affect your trip. Book a consultation if you have any concerns about your upcoming trip.