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30th January 2019

To the UNE Community,

UNE is monitoring the evolving situation regarding the novel coronavirus , 2019-nCov that has originated in Wuhan City in China.

1. People who have been in contact with any confirmed novel coronavirus cases must be isolated in their home for 14 days following exposure;

2. Returned travellers who have been in Hubei Province of China must be isolated in their home for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province, other than for seeking individual medical care.

Clinically, nearly all cases have a fever, associated with other respiratory symptoms including cough and shortness of breath.

If you show any of these symptoms and have been in contact with any international traveller or have travelled overseas yourself in the last three weeks please present yourself to your doctor or nearest medical centre.

The UNE medical centre at Armidale Hospital has made preparations for any patient showing these symptoms.

Please manage your personal hygiene carefully. UNE will be placing hand sanitiser in all bathrooms on campus for hand washing during this period.

Advice from NSW Health

NSW Health advises, if you come into contact with a person with symptoms, or who you think has returned to Australia recently from Wuhan you should:

  • Monitor your health.
  • If you develop symptoms including a fever and respiratory signs, please call ahead and book in to see a doctor. Tell your doctor that you have been in contact with someone from Wuhan.
  • Practice simple hygiene by covering your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands thoroughly. (please see attached)

More information here

Travel Advice

DFAT has advised all Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Wuhan.

For any trips planned to China, we strongly urge you to reconsider and check the up to date advice from DFAT here

This message has been provided by Professor Peter Creamer | Chief Operating Officer, UNE