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Advice for staff and students who may have concerns about the outbreak of coronavirus

5 March 2020

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴ Find out more about the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), its symptoms, and what to do if you are planning to travel to affected areas.

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Please refer to this page for accurate and updated advice about the coronavirus and UCL’s response. We will update this page regularly with more information as it become available.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. Cases have now been confirmed worldwide including in other areas of mainland China and Hong Kong, as well as the UK, Japan, Australia, the USA and Europe. 

We know that many of our community will be feeling anxious about the virus. UCL is in regular contact with Public Health England (PHE) and it is our policy to follow their advice, together with guidance from the NHS and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). We are also supporting UCL staff and students who are abroad in affected areas. 

The UK Chief Medical Officers have . This does not mean they think the risk to individuals in the UK has changed, but that government should plan for all eventualities. On the advice of PHE, the university remains open and we recommend that students, staff and visitors attend their scheduled activities as normal.

We will update this page as soon as we have more information, but please note that the situation is changing rapidly. If you have any concerns about your health you should contact the free NHS 111 telephone helpline (or find specific advice on the the if you are unable to get through). Please also check for the latest official advice.

Please read our frequently asked questions about the coronavirus below.

FAQs

1. About the virus

What are the symptoms of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The majority of cases report mild illness and symptoms include fever (high temperature), cough, chest tightness or shortness of breath.

What should I do if I think I may have the virus?

If you have returned from an affected area, or come into contact with someone who has, should immediately stay indoors and seek medical advice by calling their GP or the free telephone helpline with details of their travel history. You can also find specific advice on the the if you are unable to get through. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor.

The shows the latest list of specified countries and areas affected by coronavirus. The situation is changing rapidly so please check their advice if you have any concerns about your recent travel.

The NHS has about what to do if you think you may have the virus, precautionary measures, and self-isolation procedures.

If you are a student, please also notify UCL by emailing coronavirusconcern@ucl.2hyf.com. If you are a member of staff, please email ohsadmin@ucl.2hyf.com.

What precautionary measures can help stop the spread of the virus?

Public Health England recommends using good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene. Coughing and sneezing should be into tissues that are promptly disposed of in bins. Hands should be washed with soap and water or using an alcohol hand rub even if hands are visibly clean.

What should I do if I’ve been in contact with someone who has travelled to an affected area?

If you have been in contact with individual who has returned from a high-risk area and is showing no symptoms of the virus then there is no need for any action. If the contact is confirmed to have coronavirus then stay home and call the free NHS 111 helpline for advice. You can also find specific advice on the the if you are unable to get through.

I think I may have come into contact with some who has coronavirus, what should I do?

Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

Please call the free NHS 111 helpline for advice if you think you've been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus. You can also find specific advice on the the if you are unable to get through.

What does "close contact with someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus" mean?

A confirmed case of coronavirus means someone who has been tested and found to have coronavirus.

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴClose contact with a confirmed case means:

  • living in the same house
  • contact with their body fluids
  • face-to-face contact, for example talking for more than a few minutes
  • being coughed on
  • being within 2 metres of the person for more than 15 minutes
What should I do if I become unwell with possible coronavirus while I'm out and about?

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴDo not go to a GP surgery or hospital.

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴIf you become unwell in a public place:

  • Try to find a room to isolate yourself away from others. Ask for help if you need to, but try to stay at least 2 metres away from other people.
  • Open a window for ventilation if you can, but otherwise touch objects and surfaces as little as possible.
  • Call the free NHS 111 helpline for advice. You can also find specific advice on the the if you are unable to get through.

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴIf you become unwell on public transport:

  • Go back to your home or place of residence immediately.
  • Try to avoid close contact with other people and touch objects and surfaces as little as possible.
  • Call the free NHS 111 helpline for advice. You can also find specific advice on the the if you are unable to get through.
Does the new coronavirus only affect older people, or can younger people also get it?

People of all ages can get coronavirus. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) are more likely to become severely ill with the virus.

People of all ages should follow simple measures to stop viruses like coronavirus spreading, for example by washing their hands often with soap and water.

Should I wear a protective face mask?

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴThe advice from PHE is that the risk of further infection is low, so extra protective measures are not required. Research has not shown that masks are necessarily effective in preventing the spread of contamination.

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴHowever, we know that some people may choose to wear face masks to protect themselves and others from possible infection. It is important that we recognise their decision and we encourage our community to be as supportive of each other as possible.

2. UCL's planning and response

What is UCL doing to plan and keep people informed during the current coronavirus outbreak?

An operational and strategic response group has been convened, headed by Professor Anthony Smith and Fiona Ryland. Our policy is to follow the advice from Public Health England (PHE), the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the NHS.

We are keeping this page up-to-date with the latest advice from PHE, the FCO and NHS, and adding FAQs as and when they arise.

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴDuring the current outbreak we have also ensured that UCL cleaners are increasing the frequency of cleaning to ensure that soap is available and surfaces are clean.

Can UCL increase the frequency of cleaning on campus?  

Cleaning staff are being re-directed from lower priority tasks to cleaning washrooms and other areas to increase the frequency of service.

Can UCL provide more soap and hand sanitiser? 

UCL is stocking more anti-bacterial soap in all washrooms, with hand sanitiser available as a back-up in case it runs out. Hand sanitisers is also being distributed to kitchen areas across campus.

I’m a member of UCL staff. Should I send out my own communications about coronavirus, or update my local web pages with information?

If you would like to send a message to your own team or department, update departmental web pages or use social media to post updates, please direct people to the central information and frequently asked questions on this page (2hyf.com/coronavirus).

Should staff prepare for possible building closures due to coronavirus?

The university is currently open, and there are no plans to close buildings at present. If you’d like to take steps to ensure that you are prepared for possible building closures, you can:

  • Ensure that you have all the software you need in order to work effectively from home (e.g. VPN, Microsoft Teams)
  • Take your laptop and charger home every night.

3. Travel, including travel to and from affected areas

What should I do if I have recently travelled to a country or area affected by coronavirus?

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴThe latest advice from Public Health England (PHE) divides affected areas into Category 1 and Category 2 areas.

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴThe shows the latest list of specified countries and areas affected by coronavirus. The situation is changing rapidly so please check their advice if you have any concerns about your recent travel. 

Category 1 areas:

Travellers should go home or to your destination and self-isolate, even if they do not have any symptoms, and seek medical advice by calling their GP or the free with details of their travel history. You can also find specific advice on the the if you are unable to get through. 老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴDo not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴCategory 1 areas include:

  • Wuhan City or Hubei province in China 
  • Iran
  • Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea)
  • Any Italian town under containment measures

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴA map of Category 1 areas and specific advice can be found on the . 

Category 2 areas:

Travellers do not need to undertake any special measures, but if they develop symptoms they should self-isolate and call the free with details of their travel history. You can also find specific advice on the the if you are unable to get through.

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴCategory 2 areas include:

  • Cambodia
  • China (except areas specifically referred to in Category 1)
  • Hong Kong
  • Northern parts of Italy (except areas specifically referred to in Category 1)
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Republic of Korea (except areas specifically referred to in Category 1)
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

A map of Category 2 areas and specific advice can be found on the . 

I have plans to travel to a country or area affected by coronavirus, or I’m worried the situation may change during my trip. What should I do?

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴThe Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is currently advising against all travel to some countries and areas affected by coronavirus, and against all but essential travel to other affected areas. 

The situation is changing rapidly so please check the for the latest travel advice for the specific country or area you are planning to visit. Remember that circumstances may change during your trip, and you may be subject to travel restrictions or required to self-isolate on your return to the UK.

Please use to book any planned UCL trips for all staff, students, contractors and visitors so UCL can provide you with any support you might need, either before, during or after travel.

Please review the details of your booking and insurance policy with regards to any potential insurance claims. 

What if I don’t want to attend a planned event overseas even if the FCO advice is that I can? 

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴPlease speak to you manager or supervisor as soon as possible. They can undertake a risk assessment on the trip and address any risks or concerns you may have. 

It is possible that UCL insurance will refuse to cover for cancelled travel or accommodation where this has not been done in accordance with FCO advice. 

I’m a student or member of staff currently in China. What should I do?

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises that UK nationals in China should leave if they are able to do so, with most countries issuing very similar advice to their own nationals. 

British nationals can contact the British Embassy for assistance by calling the 24 hour helpline on +86 (0) 10 8529 6600 or the FCO in London on (+44) (0)207 008 1500.

UCL staff and students who wish to leave China should contact UCL’s insurers Drum Cussac by calling (+44) (0) 208 608 4100 or emailing rsa@healix.com老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴ for help returning to the UK.

I’m currently in another affected country – what should I do?

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising UK nationals in some other affected countries and areas to consider returning to the UK if they are able to do so. Please check the for the latest advice for the area you are in. 

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴUCL staff and students in other affected countries should also register with their local consulates or embassies, who can then advise on any updates and evacuation plans for respective nationals.

I’m a UCL student currently in a country or area affected by coronavirus. I'm worried I won’t be able to attend UCL classes. What should I do?

Please contact askUCL老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴ, the university’s student enquiry system.

I didn't use Key Travel to book my travel and/or accommodation. Will UCL still be able to support me in case of any problems? 

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴPlease give details of your trip and accommodation with your supervisor or line manager so that someone knows how to contact you.   

If you encounter problems when you are abroad please get in touch with your supervisor or line manager in the first instance.  

Please use to book any future planned UCL trips for all staff, students, contractors and visitors so UCL can easily provide you with any support you might need, either before, during or after travel. 

Could restrictions around travel or large gatherings affect teaching, assessments or graduation ceremonies?

At this point it is difficult to predict what future restrictions might be put in place.
 
UCL is currently working on contingency plans for delivery of teaching and assessment by alternative methods should it be necessary to cancel in-person classes or examinations.
 
We are also proceeding as normal and asking students to register for their graduation ceremony if they wish to attend. We will update graduands if the situation changes.
 
Graduation ceremonies for 2020 are currently planned to take place in June, July and September. Registration to eligible students is open and closes at 12pm (midday) on 21 April. Please note when registering for graduation ceremonies that all dates given are provisional. We advise graduands and guests not to book travel or accommodation until their graduation ceremony dates are confirmed in May.

What should I tell students or colleagues who need to come to the Royal Free Hospital (where coronavirus patients are being treated) and who have concerns about personal safety? 

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴCoronavirus patients at the Royal Free Hospital are isolated from other patients and visitors. The hospital is advising other patients and visitors that there is no risk to them and that they should attend the hospital as they normally would. 

4. What to do if you need to self-isolate

I’m a student and I’m required to self-isolate. What should I do? 

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴStudents who are required to stay at home should contact their department by telephone or email as soon as possible, so staff can work out a plan to support them during the quarantine period.

UCL will not penalise you for self-quarantining. Where this impacts on assessments, students should apply for extenuating circumstances with their travel ticket or itinerary as evidence.

Students with a Tier 4 visa should also submit an authorised absence form老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴ with their travel itinerary attached. Students residing in UCL student accommodation should also inform the Warden by calling the duty mobile at their residence.

If you need to self-quarantine and you want to talk to someone about practical issues like arranging food deliveries, please call the duty mobile for your residence for help organising this safely.

I’m worried about my Tier 4 visa if I self-isolate or return to China or an affected area. Who can I speak to for advice?

If you have any concerns about your visa please contact the Student Immigration Advice team by emailing visaadvice@ucl.2hyf.com.

I am a member of staff and need to self-isolate after returning from an affected areas, even though I feel well enough to work. What arrangements should I make?

You should inform your immediate supervisor or line manager of your situation and that the medical advice that you have received is that self-isolation is necessary. If you are able to work remotely you should liaise with them to arrange this.

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴIf you are directly employed by UCL and you are not able to work remotely you will be placed on paid special leave for the period of your self-isolation. If you become ill during this period you should follow the government and NHS guidance and advise your department (who will record your absence as sick leave). 

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴIf you are an agency worker/employee of a sub-contractor or a self-employed contractor and you are not able to work remotely you will need to liaise with your employer/contractor to seek guidance on payment, if applicable, for the period of your self-isolation. Sodexo, Axis and Aramark have agreed to pay special leave for any of their staff who are advised to self-isolate. If you become ill during this period you should follow the government and NHS guidance and advise your employer/contractor and your supervisor at UCL. 

I am not medically required to self-isolate but I want to anyway. What is UCL's policy on this? 

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴUCL’s policy is that staff should self-isolate if they are medically required to do so.  Please speak to your line manager in the first instance if this applies to you.  

If you have concerns regarding your health, you should contact your GP or the free NHS 111 telephone helpline and follow their advice.  

If you have wider concerns, you should discuss these with your line manager who will consider whether any potential temporary changes to your role are required. Alternatively, you may request to take a period of annual leave or unpaid leave. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis.   

My child’s school has closed while they do checks for coronavirus. What shall I do?

Please inform your line manager as soon as possible. As this is an unforeseeable breakdown of normal caring arrangements you may take paid Carer’s leave老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴ for one or two days, while you make alternate arrangements for their care. 

5. Support for students and staff

I’m very worried, or I have experienced bullying or abuse related to coronavirus. Who can I talk to?

All students can access support quickly at Student Support and Wellbeing’s drop-in sessions, which take place on Floor 1 of the Student Centre every week day that UCL is open. No prior appointment is needed.

Our team also works in partnership with Care First, an independent advice and counselling service, to provide students with telephone and online support in the evenings and during weekends, bank holidays and UCL closure periods. To find out more and access support, please visit the SSW website, contact us through askUCL老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴ or call +44 (0)20 7679 0100. 

Staff can access Care First’s老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴ employee assistance programme 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To discuss any issues that concern or affect you, please dial Care First’s Freephone number 0800 197 4510. If you are outside the UK, telephone +44 (0)1452 623246.

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴUCL does not tolerate abuse of any kind within our community. Please report this directly to the police. If you are a UCL student or member of staff, you can also use our online .

6. Taking Precautions 

I live with someone who has had a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus at their place of work/school. What should I do?  

If you have been in contact with an individual whose place of work at school has suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus, and they are showing no symptoms of the virus, then there is no need for any action. If the contact is confirmed to have coronavirus then stay home and call the free for advice. You can also find specific advice on the the if you are unable to get through.

I'm not in one of the more "at risk" groups – do I need to follow advice about precautions, or can I take it less seriously? 

The precautions are intended to apply to everyone, and everyone should follow them regardless of their age or whether or not they are more at risk from the infection. The precautions are designed to stop the spread of the virus – this includes passing the virus on to those who are more vulnerable. Please be considerate.

7. Organising events

I am organising an event, conference or course that will be taking place at UCL. Do I need to cancel or postpone it? 

Public Health England (PHE) has not issued any restrictions on large events or gatherings of people at this time and it is UCL’s policy to follow their advice.  

It is difficult to predict what future restrictions might be put in place, which may affect events in the coming weeks and months. Please be mindful that the situation is evolving rapidly and consider putting in place contingency plans in case this advice changes. Check this page regularly and the  for the latest guidance.  

I'm organising an event, conference or course and delegates will be travelling from other parts of the UK or overseas to attend. Are we liable for any cancellation fees if the event cannot go ahead due to coronavirus? 

老人做受视频在线|一级毛片不收费欧美片|亚洲 欧美 中文 日韩aⅴYou should check any contracts and insurance policies you have in place for your event, including venue hire, speaker agreements and catering, as these will be different for each event.  

Please bear in mind that delegates may not be able to recoup their expenses if your event is cancelled or postponed at short notice, so please let them know as soon as you know it cannot go ahead as planned.  

Further questions

I have a question that has not been answered – can I submit a question?

If you have a specific question about your individual circumstances please speak to your department if you are a student, or line manager if you are a member of staff. 

If you have a more general question, please check that it has not already been answered above. If it hasn’t you can submit a question via our online form. Please note that we receive a lot of questions and we will try to respond to as many as possible. 

If you have a question that hasn’t been answered here, you can submit a question via our .

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