Goldsmiths issues coronavirus advice to students

Goldsmiths has announced advice and support services available for students concerned about the coronavirus outbreak that has killed at least 82 people and infected more than 2,800.

The university recommended students call NHS 111 if they have respiratory symptoms and have been to Wuhan within the last two weeks, which is consistent with Public Health England’s guidance. 

Travelling to Wuhan, where the infection is believed to have originated in a food market, was not recommended.

Students concerned about their wellbeing can contact Wellbeing Advisers on weekdays, while Campus Support Officers are available from 6pm to 6am on weeknights and 24 hours a day on weekends.

In an email to students on January 22, the university said: “The current risk level to the UK is low with tests on 14 people in the UK today coming back negative.” 

Those worried about the outbreak should contact their local healthcare service for more information. 

The closest one is Amersham Vale Practice, where many Goldsmiths students are registered. 

The practice said: “The majority of cases report a mild illness, from which they make a full recovery. However, some people have developed a more serious illness. Symptoms include fever, cough, chest tightness or shortness of breath.”

Anyone who might be infected is urged not to come to the surgery unless advised by a clinician. An ill person who visits could spread the virus to other people.

Amersham Vale said those who have travelled to Wuhan or another part of China and feel well can continue to attend classes as normal, with no further action required.

Visitors to other Chinese regions are not considered to be “high risk”.

Good hygiene is generally encouraged, which includes washing hands with soap and coughing and sneezing into tissues that are quickly thrown out.

Featured image credit: CDC/Dr. Fred Murphy