Advice related to the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)

January 29 2020
Many of you will have seen a lot of coverage in the media about the new Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) that was first identified in the city of Wuhan in China. The cases (as of 17th March 2020) continue to rise and the government is now issuing specific guidance for high risks groups, including renal patients. This is due to various factors including use of immunosuppression medication, and many patients being elderly and/or suffering from multiple co-existing medical conditions. The renal team are therefore offering you practical advice on how to deal with this situation.

Latest Government Advice for High Risk Groups (Including renal patients)

Government advice is continually being updated and the latest advice and restrictions can be found by vising www.gov.uk and following the links for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

A new updated article can be found here with the latest (16th March Update):

https://www.sgkpa.org.uk/news/update-on-covid-19-coronavirus-for-renal-patients

General advice on how to protect yourself

Touching frequently handled objects, particularly in public places, as well as being in close proximity to people coughing and sneezing, are the main ways of spreading the virus.

On the whole the best way to protect yourself is:

  • using and disposing of a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • employing good hand hygiene, by washing hands regularly especially before eating.
  • avoid touching the face especially eyes and mouth.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

The virus can be inactivated by alcohol hand gels but also soap and water.

Health Advice

The NHS has a site dedicated to advice on the virus including links to specific advice for people who have been to areas that area high risk.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Kidney Care UK Advice

Kidney Care UK has written a complete guide for renal patients which you should read.

https://www.kidneycareuk.org/news-and-campaigns/coronavirus-advice/

BBC Health Advice Videos

The BBC has produced several advice videos that may be of help.

5 Things you need to know about Coronovirus in the UK

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0833njn/the-news-explained-coronavirus-in-the-uk-5-things-you-need-to-know

Explanation of viruses

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p081948c/the-news-explained-coronavirus-what-are-viruses

As well as a basic guide:

Coronavirus symptoms: What are they and how do I protect myself?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51048366

Technical description of viral transmission 

Coronaviruses are mainly transmitted by large respiratory droplets from infected patients with coughs and sneezes. They can also be spread by direct or indirect contact with infected secretions. The virus has also been detected in blood, faeces and urine and, under certain circumstances, airborne transmission is thought to have occurred from aerosolised respiratory secretions and faecal material. 

 

Travel Advice

The Foreign Office is recommending against travel to some countries and this is continually changing. For the latest information visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

and then search for a specificl country, and it will then provide details of risks.

If you plan to travel, talk to the renal team if you need more advice.

Visiting China

The Foreign office website has good information for different locations and is updated frequently. This will contain the most up-to-date travel advice and should supercede any information here. Below is the link for China

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

It also contains links to a “heath section” that gives advice on how to avoid infections and also has links to other websites.

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