Many retailers will have buying teams who travel to the Wuhan area in China and to wider areas of the country who may have concerns. Please read on for a brief statement and links to further advice.
You have likely heard about coronavirus in recent days. Whilst we expect to hear more details over the next few days, at this point it is thought that the virus is passed from person to person. Elderly people and those with underlying health conditions may be at a higher risk of being affected. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is advising against all non-essential travel to Wuhan, China until more is known about the virus: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china
Travellers returning from Wuhan are being screened and instructed to obtain medical advice if they subsequently become unwell.
If you have recently travelled from one of the affected areas, or have had contact with someone who has, and you have flu-like symptoms, please contact 111 for advice and guidance before seeing your GP.
Regular updates on the virus can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/
For up to date guidance on coronavirus from the Department of Health and Social Care (DoHSC) and Public Health England (PHE), please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dhsc-and-phe-statement-on-coronavirus
Further useful information on preventing the spread of common viral conditions such as flu can be found at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu
- Wash your hands often in warm, soapy water – and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Keep your hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose and mouth
- Use a tissue when coughing or sneezing and bin tissues as quickly as possible
- Avoid close contact with people who are infected.
Again, if you have recently travelled from one of the affected areas, or have had contact with someone who has, and you have flu-like symptoms, please contact 111 for advice and guidance before seeing your GP.