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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - updated 26th February 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.  It is very important that we all  do our best to either stop it spreading or, if it does spread,  that we slow it down.  Please help  your community and surgery by reading this carefully. 

DO NOT GO TO A GP SURGERY, PHARMACY OR HOSPITAL if you've been 
-to Hubei province in China in the last 14 days
-to Iran, areas of northern Italy in lockdown or "special care zone" areas in South Korea since 19 February
-to other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days AND have a cough, high temperature  or shortness of breath
-to other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar since19 February AND have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath
-in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

Call 111 immediately, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
Further information is available on NHS.UK.

Lockdown areas in northern Italy (see Maps link below)
  • in Lombardy: Codogno, Castiglione d'Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano
  • in Veneto: Vo' Euganeo
Special care zones in South Korea (see Maps link below)
  • Daegu
  • Cheongdo
 
 
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at .GOV.UK

The NHS in Brighton and Hove and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The risk to the general public is moderate.
 
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time. 

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.