A message from our London & Dublin teams as we monitor the evolving outbreak of coronavirus and advise what you can do to look after your own health while abroad.
UPDATED FEB 13, 2020
The UK Government and National Health Service (NHS) continue to advise the risk to individuals remains low. The NHS continues to advise anyone who may feel unwell to call 111 to receive medical advice; this phone number is the most efficient way to receive medical support.
The UK Department of Health and Social Care publishes daily updates. Please refer to this link for their most up-to-date advice and information.
Currently, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland. The FIE Dublin team, in coordination with our academic partners, continues to actively monitor the advice being issues by the Irish Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).
All students are encouraged to review any updated travel advice before travel. Information issued by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can be found here, and the UK Government’s travel advice is listed here.
Updated February 3, 2020
Dear FIE Students,
You will have been reading and hearing a great deal about the coronavirus lately, and please know FIE considers your health and wellbeing to be its highest priority.
While the 4 UK Chief Medical Officers have advised an increase of the UK risk level from low to moderate, they additionally state “... this does not mean we think the risk to individuals has changed at this stage”, and the National Health Service (NHS) states the “risk to individuals remains low”.
The FIE Dublin team, in coordination with our academic partners Dublin Business School, Trinity College Dublin, and University College Dublin, is actively monitoring the advice being issued by the Irish Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) and other Irish and International agencies and are following this advice. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland.
You can look after your own health, and assist with reducing the transmission of many illnesses, by practicing good hygiene, including:
- Washing your hands frequently, using both soap and hot water, particularly after coughing or sneezing, using the restroom, before and after handling food, and after traveling on public transportation;
- Using the hand sanitizer provided by FIE in all FIE facilities;
- Covering your mouth with a tissue or Kleenex, your hand or elbow, when sneezing or coughing – and dispose of any tissue or Kleenex and wash your hands immediately;
- Ensuring you are taking care of your body and mind, including getting plenty of sleep, eating well, staying hydrated, and utilizing FIE’s health resources and support as needed - London Health, Dublin Health
If you are feeling unwell and exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus (according to the NHS, these include: a cough; a high temperature; difficulty breathing), you are advised to contact the NHS non-emergency number 111 for advice (London) or contact your GP (Dublin).
FIE will continue to monitor this developing situation closely, and provide updates as and when relevant. As a reminder, our Student Life Team or FIE Dublin Team is available to assist with any questions related to your health while abroad.