Coronavirus : Public Information

The current outbreak is a dynamic and fast moving situation, which is under constant review by Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England (NHSE). For national guidance and the latest updates please refer to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

Please see following advice from Luton Borough Council.

Current Risk Advice

The current advice refers to people who have travelled back from mainland China in the last 14 days or a contact of a CONFIRMED case of novel coronavirus.

For those individuals who develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

  • 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 country / contact with a case.

Children who live with someone who has returned from mainland China within 14 days do NOT need to be excluded from school/activities but families may need to make arrangements for these children to be brought by another family member or friend. It is not necessary to wear a face mask.

Good Hygiene Practice

It is very unlikely that the novel coronavirus will significantly affect the Luton population. However, influenza is still circulating and can be serious. 

To reduce the risk of spreading the infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment. The virus does not survive well for long periods outside the body and so it is highly unlikely that it can be spread through surfaces.
  • If you are worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or another healthcare environment.