Learning For Life
This page will be updated with links to the latest advice on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Part of a larger family of viruses, Coronaviruses can infect people and cause illness that ranges from mild symptom illnesses (the common cold for example), to other more severe disease.
Currently there is no vaccine against COVID-19.
Information and advice is being reviewed daily by senior management, and wider meetings will be happening weekly in order to ensure we have an appropriate approach and response in place for managing the implications of COVID-19.
Advice from the following bodies is being monitored by the college:
The information below provides links to the latest guidance for people travelling overseas following the outbreak of COVID-19.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is currently advising against all travel to Hubei Province, and against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China.
See the latest travel advice for China.
Advice on travelling to Category 1 destinations and Category 2 destinations has been updated to reflect new guidance:
The UK Government has issued regulations to ensure that the public are protected as far as possible from the transmission of the virus.
Health professionals will contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19.
It is safe to attend the University for work or study.
If there’s a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to stay away from other people (self-isolate).
This means you should:
You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection.
COVID-19 can be contracted by people of all ages.
Those who already have an underlying medical condition (such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes or are immunosuppressed) are not at greater risk of contracting COVID-19, however should you become infected with COVID-19 you could be at greater risk of complications.
People with underlying health conditions or on immunosuppressant medication should seek advice if they develop flu like symptoms (temperature, cough, shortness of breath).
Make sure you follow hygiene measures to stop viruses like coronavirus spreading, such as washing your hands with soap and water often, and avoiding people who are unwell.
If you’ve been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Are face masks useful for preventing coronavirus?
Face masks play a very important role in places like hospitals, but there is very little evidence of widespread benefit for members of the public.