With increasing numbers of cases of the coronavirus globally, there is plenty of advice in the press and online, and also vast amounts of unhelpful speculation and scaremongering.

Trustworthy advice

The definitive sources for advice should be

The NHS websitehttps://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

This is for health advice – symptoms, what to do if you suspect you have it, how to avoid it, and treatment.

 

The UK Government’s advice page for the latest information and advice – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

This has the current UK information, advice for travellers, and any new updates.

 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Officehttps://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

This has the latest travel information, for those who have been to affected areas, or are planning to visit them.

 

Cornwall

As of Thursday 27 February, there have been no reported cases in Cornwall, but two secondary schools (Penair, and Tretherras) and a college (Truro and Penwith) have advised certain students to self-quarantine, upon returning from organised trips to affected areas. There have been other instances of individuals self-quarantining, including a family returning from a holiday in Hong Kong, and at a Doctor’s surgery in Saltash.  However, there have been no confirmed cases in the county, as of 27 February am.

Cornwall Live has an article on the current situation in Cornwall, as at that time, and will be updating with any new news.

Business preparedness

Businesses and  organisations are being advised to consider how they would deal with a rise in cases locally – advice for non-clinical settings and the public including links for education, transport, businesses and employers, and community care / social settings

The NHS is already preparing for the situation to deteriorate, and other healthcare organisations are being advised to consider their own plans – advice for health professionals .

The BBC has an article about what future plans are being put in place.