This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some cookies on this site are essential, and the site won't work as expected without them. Read More

The Wallhouse Surgery

Choose font size: A A A

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV): guidance to assist professionals in advising the general public


Updated 6 February 2020


If you have lived with or had close contact (within 2 metres for 15 minutes of more) with a confirmed case of 2019-nCoV, you should contact NHS 111 for further advice.


1. Preventing spread of infection


There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:


• wash your hands often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport


• avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands


• avoid close contact with people who are sick


• if you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school


• cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it




• clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment


• if you are worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment


• see further information and the Public Health England Blog







There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.



Total visitors:698218 | Disclaimer