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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

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-guidance-to-assist-professionals-in-advising-the-general-public/www.england.nhs.uk/south/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2017/09/catch-bin-kill.pdf

 

• 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

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-guidance-to-assist-professionals-in-advising-the-general-public/www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

 

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

 

 

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.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-guidance-to-assist-professionals-in-advising-the-general-public/guidance-to-assist-professionals-in-advising-the-general-public


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