Coronavirus information and advice (13.2.20)

Coronavirus

Latest coronavirus statement from the CCG

As of Thursday 13 February, there have been no new confirmed cases of Coronavirus (now called Covid-19) across Sussex.

Following the announcement that five cases of the confirmed Covid-19 were from the Brighton and Hove area, Public Health England (PHE) has carried out a thorough risk assessment and has traced the movements of the individuals.

PHE have contacted people who might have had close and sustained contact with the individuals as a precaution to provide them with health advice about any symptoms in case they become unwell. These individuals have been advised to “self-isolate”. This means they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people as a precaution. It does not mean they are ill and people who have had contact with these individuals do not need to take action.

People living across Sussex who have not been contacted by PHE are advised they should go about their daily routine as usual. There is comprehensive advice available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus for anyone who is concerned or wants to know more.

NHS services are open as usual across Sussex and measures are in place to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

Yesterday (12/2/2020) it was established that a healthcare worker working in the Accident & Emergency (A&E) Unit at Worthing Hospital was a confirmed case. As they treated a small number of patients on 4th and 5th February before they became unwell and self-isolated, PHE has contacted all patients seen by this individual and all colleagues who came into close contact with them, to advise on the precautions they need to take.

All services at Worthing Hospital, including surgery and outpatient appointments are operating normally.


Healthwatch England has created the following page providing up to date information and advice about coronavirus. Please click here.

Advice from NHS England continues to be that the risk to individuals remains low.  Most people infected are likely to fully recover – just as they would from a flu.

Additional advice:

  • From the UK Government can be found here.
  • From Brighton and Hove Council can be found here.
  • From the NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group can be found here.

Who to contact
If you have recently travelled form a high-risk area and / or develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please do not leave your home and call NHS 111 immediately.

Symptoms
The coronavirus causes severe acute respiratory infection and symptoms usually start with a fever, followed by a dry cough.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Travel

British people travelling and living overseas following the outbreak of novel coronavirus should check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice