In response to the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Department of Public Health England have published advice and guidelines for all to follow. Please read the information below published by the Department of Public Health. St John the Baptist are keeping a close eye on current information regarding the Coronavirus. Please help us by reinforcing good hygiene with your children. Click on the links below for videos to help:
If you have returned from the following specific areas since 19th February, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:
- Specific lockdown in areas in Northern Italy
- Special care zones in South Korea
- Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days
If you have returned from the following areas since 19 February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111:
- Northern Italy (see website for map – www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public )
If you have a cough, or fever or shortness of breath and have visited any of the following areas in the last 14 days, stay indoors and call NHS 111 informing them of your recent travel:
- China, apart from Hubei province
- Republic of Korea, apart from special care zones
- Hong Kong
If you have traveled to these countries, please refer to https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/498/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-update for the latest travel advice.
Based on the World Health Organisation’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low.
You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school/setting as normal.
For the most up to date information regarding the Coronavirus, please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
Public Health England has also issued general advice for members of the public https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#advice-for-travellers
What action you should take
A UK-wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
Best advice to washing your hands can be found here from the NHS https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
Anyone who has travelled to the UK from the countries listed in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, should stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
Further information is available from https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
A number of myths have emerged regarding the virus. Please see link from the World Health Organisation fact checking and myth busters around the virus.