News | Monday, 16th March 2020

Coronavirus: information and advice for employees, students and visitors

Coronavirus: information and advice
Coronavirus: information and advice

Please read our latest coronavirus updates on the information for students webpage

Employees can visit our intranet page for the latest guidance and health advice.

1.     Introduction

2.     Health advice

3.     How to protect yourself

4.     General travel advice/attendance at lectures

5.     What should I do if I encounter someone with coronavirus?

6.     What should I do about events on campus or visitors due at the University?

7.     How does the coronavirus affect my immigration status?

8.     Does the University currently have employees or students abroad?

9.   What should I do if I hear of people being harassed?

10.   Where can I find the latest information?

Updated: 16 March 2020

1.     Introduction

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory illness not previously seen in humans.

The virus has reached several countries with the World Health Organization declaring its spread ‘a global pandemic’. The risk to the UK population has been assessed as high.

As this is a developing situation, it is important that colleagues, students and visitors proactively keep up to date with the latest information.

This FAQ information reflects guidance from the National Health Service (NHS), Public Health England (PHE) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). It will be updated when any new information is published by these authorities.

The wellbeing of our employees and students is always our number one priority. We have implemented our Major Incident Response Plan to safeguard our UK community and are in regular contact with colleagues and students around the world. 

 

2.     Health advice

For full details and alerts on health information, please refer to the NHS website.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in those with weakened immune systems, such as older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

What should I do if someone in my family (who I live with) or household (if in shared accommodation) displays symptoms?

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Read NHS advice about staying at home.

Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

Use the 111 coronavirus service

Information:

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

If you are worried, use the 111 coronavirus service.

 

3.     How to protect yourself 

Generally, follow simple steps as you would to stop other viruses spreading, including:

Please note: while we appreciate it is a matter of personal choice, there is no stipulation from Public Health England to wear face masks at university or in the local community.

Yes, we have been taking extra care when cleaning bathrooms, door handles and other frequently touched surfaces.

We have also installed hygiene advice posters and hand sanitisers in bathrooms and in public areas across campus. 

We urge everyone to play their part in preventing the spread of the virus by following PHE advice.

4.     General travel advice/attendance at lectures

For the latest updates and affected countries and regions, please refer to the FCO website.

Advise them to visit the FCO website and follow its guidance.

Visitors from outside of the UK should follow the local travel advice in their country of departure. You should also point them to the NHS website for the latest information.

If you are unable to return to Manchester for any reason, please contact your tutor (or line manager for employees) to let them know about your situation and ask for advice on next steps. It may be that some study/work can be undertaken remotely or that you can apply for mitigating circumstances. This will depend on your programme of study.

5. What should I do if I encounter someone with coronavirus?

Encourage them to use the online NHS 111 coronavirus service or telephone NHS 111 if they need to speak to someone. You should avoid close contact.

See also question 2.

Advise them to:  

6. What should I do about events on campus or visitors due at the University?

Visitors from outside of the UK should follow the local travel advice in their country of departure. You should also point them to the NHS website for the latest information.

We are following the lead of Public Health England in our preparations for the coronavirus. The current advice is to stop non-essential contact with others, stop all unnecessary travel and for people to start working from home where they possibly can. Our University remains open.

7. How does the coronavirus affect my immigration status?

The government has provided updated immigration guidance for anyone in the UK whose immigration status may be affected. 

 

8. Does the University currently have employees or students abroad?

We are in contact with the small number of employees abroad. We are helping with revised travel and accommodation plans as required.

9. What should I do if I hear of people being harassed due to COVID-19?

The University has a zero-tolerance approach to any reports of behaviour likely to cause harassment or intimidation. If you have any concerns, report them to your line manager if you are a member of staff, or if you are a student, report them through the student complaints platforms.
 

10. Where can I find the latest information?

The intranet will be updated regularly to reflect the latest PHE information for employees. Updates for students are also available through the usual student communication channels. We will also regularly update colleagues who are responsible for employee or student wellbeing.   

If you have any questions or concerns, our Student Services teams are here to support you. Our Student Hub teams can provide guidance and wellbeing support, please visit or call: 0161 247 1000, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6.30pm.

 

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