Corona Virus Update. Be informed. Know the facts!


Dear Students
The current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019.

To date 75 775 have been infected with the virus, 2 130 have died and 16 867 have recovered from the illness.

What is the corona virus?

  • Corona viruses are a large family of respiratory viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to the Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
  • The Corona virus is a common virus that causes an infection in the nose, sinus, or upper throat.
  • Most coronaviruses are not dangerous.
  • The Corona virus has the ability to spread much faster and therefore have infected so much more people than the other Corona viruses.


The symptoms of most coronaviruses are similar to any upper respiratory infection, include: 

  • runny nose
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • and sometimes a fever.

Should it spread to the lower respiratory system, please see a doctor immediately


  • Treat a corona virus infection the same way as treating a cold:
    • Get plenty of rest.
    • Drink fluids.
    • Take over-the-counter medicine for a sore throat and fever.
    • A humidifier or steamy shower can also help ease a sore and scratchy throat.
    • If you get sick, treat your symptoms and contact a doctor if they get worse or don't go away.


  • There is no vaccine for coronavirus.
  • To prevent getting corona virus infection, do the same things you do to avoid the common cold:
    • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Keep hands and fingers away from eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are infected.



Travel advice:

On the 30th January 2020, the WHO Director General has declared the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019-

nCoV as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.


Advise to International travellers:

  • Practice the usual precautions
  • In case of symptoms suggestive of acute respiratory illness before, during or after travel, travellers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share travel history with their health care provider.
  • Be aware of the latest official advice offered by the country you are departing from about travelling during this COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Check the impact this outbreak may have on your travel insurance coverage, including medical repatriation costs in case of ill health or any new restrictions on travel.
  • If you are elderly or have pre-existing health issues, you should be aware that if you do develop symptoms, you could be at increased risk of severe infection.
  • Contact travel agents or airlines to get the latest advice on any local travel restrictions or local authority guidance for preventive measures.
  • Keep up to date with local or departing country advice throughout the trip; advice may change rapidly.
  • Be aware that there may be enhanced screening/monitoring at entry and exit ports.
  • Check the advice of the country you are travelling to. You may be required to self-isolate for a set period even if you do not have symptoms.
  • NB!!! It is important also to check where to get help if you feel unwell within a set period of travel (often 14 days).