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Novel Coronavirus

This page has been created by the University of Chichester to inform, reassure, and provide clear information and relevant links in relation to the coronavirus.

The University has formed a team made up of key members from:

  • University Management  
  • Student health (registered nurses)
  • Accommodation  
  • The Students' Union
  • Health and safety
  • International student advice 

We are working together, on advice from Public Health England, to ensure that we are prepared in the event we have a suspected case on campus.

This page includes links rather than detailed information as this is an evolving situation. If you would like more information please visit the Public Health England website which is being updated continuously. 

For guidance and practical advice for those returning from travel, with or without symptoms from multiple areas including China, please visit the NHS website.   

If you are aware of anyone (visitor, staff or student) at the University may have the virus, please contact studenthealth@chi.ac.uk or call 07739983703. Public Health England have released an advice sheet for people who live in the same accommodation as the suspected patient.

If you get a cough, high temperature or feel short of breath within 14 days of returning from travel:

  1. Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people.
  2. Contact NHS 111 to tell them of your recent travel. If you are unable to phone 111, please use the NHS 111 digital form
  3. Do not attend A&E, your GP surgery or services on campus.
  4. Let the University know you’re unwell by calling the main switchboard on 01243 816222 so that you can be supported and the risk to others can be assessed.

We will continue to liaise with Public Health England, and will update this advice accordingly.


What is Coronavirus?

A coronavirus is a type of virus.  Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough.

Symptoms

For most people symptoms are not severe or life threatening. Coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with a weakened immune system, older people, and those with chronic health conditions.

If you have a chronic health condition and are concerned and would like advice or reassurance, please contact student health at studenthealth@chi.ac.uk or call 07739983703.

Please remember, at this time of year it is common to experience cold and flu like symptoms, it is highly unlikely that symptoms will be related to this virus. Virus's are spread from person to person by coughs, sneezes and direct contact through saliva. 

Sensible precautions to take to stay well

  • Washing your hands effectively, using soap and water. This is still the best way to eradicate germs on your hands.
  • Hand gels should be used when soap and water is not immediately available, for instance after sneezing. 
  • Use tissues, especially when sneezing or coughing and flush them away after use. 
  • Do not share water bottles, and if using the water dispensers keep any bottles clear of the tap when refilling.