Coronavirus is very like ‘flu – so it is a virus (and therefore unaffected by antibiotics)
The risk of an individual catching the coronavirus is exceptionally small – only 51 cases (as of Tuesday morning) have been detected in the UK
There have been no fatalities in the UK linked to the coronavirus (fatalities abroad have been linked to patients with other significant underlying medical conditions)
The symptoms of those who have developed coronavirus are very like a heavy cold or flu – so may involve the need to spend some time in bed, using paracetamol and ibuprofen to reduce symptoms. The body will then fight the infection as it would fight a cold or ‘flu.
Transmission occurs by inhaling droplets (e.g. from a sneeze) from an infected person, or through touching a contaminated surface (e.g. which has been sneezed on) and later rubbing your eyes / nose etc. It is therefore important that everyone maintains good hygiene, particularly:
Washing hands with soap and water after going to the toilet
Washing hands before eating
Covering mouth and nose with a tissue if coughing or sneezing
Disposing of any tissues into a waste bin if coughed or sneezed upon
These measures are simply good hygiene, and will help to reduce the spread of all communicable diseases.
The school will follow advice from the government to ensure we all do our part to limit the risk of transmission of the illness; any update will be shared with students and parents as soon as this is received.
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