Chief Medical Officer Alert – Novel Coronovirus
Novel Coronavirus: Advice for the NHS in England
It is essential that an accurate travel history is obtained from all patients with acute respiratory infections, using any one of the following: cough or fever or shortness of breath to help identify potential cases.
If you have returned from these specific areas since February 19th, you should call NHS111 and self-isolate even if you do not have symptoms:
- Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
- Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the replublic of South Korea
- Hubei province (as previously noted)
If you have returned from these areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should self-isolate at home immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to self-isolate if you have no symptoms.
- Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including Poisa, Florence and Rimini)
Those who have returned from previously identified geographic areas within the past 14 days and develop symptoms, however mild, should self-isolate at home immediately and call NHS111.
Local pathways are being established, working with NHS111 to assess returning travellers from these areas and develop community pathways for individuals who are clinically stable and meet the clinical and geographic components of the case definition.
We recommend that travellers with fever returning from these countries should still have a clinical assessment in order to assess for other important diseases, using appropriate PPE if carrying out a face-face consultation.