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useful guidance about the coronavirus outbreak

Last updated Thursday 13 February 2020

We are aware that the ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus in China may be causing some concern. We have setup a dedicated incident team, led by the vice-chancellor, who are monitoring the situation closely and we would like to reassure you we are taking appropriate steps to support our community who may be worried about family members living abroad.

Below, we have compiled some useful guidance about the outbreak. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and share advice from Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and other relevant agencies.

What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus originates from animals and causes symptoms such as coughing, fevers and breathing difficulties in humans. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.


As of Thursday 13 February, a total of 2,521 UK tests have concluded, of which 2,512 were confirmed as negative and nine positive.


The NHS are currently giving patients specialist care, and are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent the further spread of the virus. The risk to the public in the UK is currently rated as ‘low’. 


In a recent statement, Chris Whitty Chief Medical Officer for England said: “The NHS is extremely well-prepared and used to managing infections and we are already working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had, to prevent further spread.


“We have been preparing for UK cases of novel coronavirus and we have robust infection control measures in place to respond immediately. We are continuing to work closely with the World Health Organisation and the international community as the outbreak in China develops to ensure we are ready for all eventualities.”


Keeping well

Public Health England has issued advice that UK students should maintain the same standards of personal hygiene as they would to avoid other viruses and infections. These include thorough washing of hands and using a tissue when sneezing and coughing.


More information can be found at Public Health England.


If you do feel unwell and are concerned about your health you should seek medical advice in the first instance, by calling NHS 111 or your GP.


Please also be reminded that we have hand sanitisers attached to the walls directly outside each of toilets in the building, for everyone to use.

Travelling abroad

Travel to China has been restricted following guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The decision was taken to prevent the spread of the virus and to mitigate the risk of individuals being stranded in China due to developing travel and mobility restrictions.


We are also monitoring the current situation in Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Macau and Vietnam for further travel restrictions.



If you are a student at Ravensbourne, and are due to travel to (or are currently travelling in) any of these territories, please contact Student Services.



If you are a member of staff at Ravensbourne, and are due to travel to (or are currently travelling in) any of these territories, please contact Human Resources.

Supporting our community

Ravensbourne is greatly enriched by students and industry partners from across the world and our culture of inclusivity means a great deal to us. We trust that everyone in our community will continue to treat each other with respect and decency despite this period of apprehension.


We also know many of you may have concerns about friends and family members that might be at risk of the virus at this time.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Student Services via email or on 0203 040 3501. They will be happy to speak with you and can offer support services or drop-in counselling sessions if needed.

Where can I find further information?

You can find the latest information and advice on coronavirus from the UK Department of Health and Public Health England.


You can find the latest travel advice in relation to the coronavirus outbreak from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

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