The UK government has launched a public health campaign offering vital advice on how people can protect themselves from coronavirus infection.
Similar to the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ campaign used for flu and norovirus, it will promote important hygiene practices. This includes regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses. In some cases, people may want to do extra cleanliness practices to help keep themselves safe, with Push-Pull Doors and Forearm Shield products facilitating this, people are able to go out into the world without worrying that they may catch it from simply touching a door.
HM Government and NHS-branded information will appear in radio and print media, as well as social media.
The campaign will advise the public to:
- always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin the tissue
- wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel, to kill germs
“Our highly trained and experienced clinicians are working round the clock to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the UK”, Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said.
“The government has detailed plans for how to deal with an outbreak like this. We can all play our part.
“Basic hygiene such as washing our hands regularly and using tissues when we cough and sneeze can play an important role in minimising the spread of viruses like this.
“Today we have launched a UK-wide public information campaign to help the public protect themselves and each other.
“Our world-class NHS is well prepared. We are doing everything we can to protect the public.”
People who have travelled back from the Hubei province in China within the last 14 days are being asked to:
- stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city
- if you are in Northern Ireland, call your GP
Anyone who has travelled from anywhere else in China (not including Macao or Hong Kong) to the UK in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath should immediately self-isolate, even if symptoms are minor, and call NHS 111.
UK ‘well’ prepared
The UK is extremely well prepared for any potential outbreak of an infectious disease, the Home Office said. It added the UK is one of the first countries in the world to have developed a test for the new virus.
On Friday 31 January 2020, two patients in England, who are members of the same family, tested positive for coronavirus.
They’re receiving specialist NHS care. The government added it was using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus.
The government is already working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had to prevent further spread. It is in close contact with the World Health Organization and the international community as the outbreak in China develops to ensure the UK is ready for all eventualities.
Coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing.
The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.
For further information on coronavirus, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.