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Public health England begins Coronavirus screening in the uk but the risk is low

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Public Health England has begun screening at UK airports for Coronavirus and will monitor flights arriving into the country.

The specialist screening will be set up within a separate area of Heathrow airport and people flying in from affected regions of the coronavirus outbreak will be screened.

Despite the measures, Public Health England has made it very clear that the revised risk to the coronavirus is “very low” to “low” within the United Kingdom.

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has now put into force a series of measures that will prevent the risk of an outbreak within the United Kingdom.

These messaures are as follows:

  • A beefed-up PHE port health team will meet each direct flight from affected areas
  • An audio message is to be broadcast to passengers on incoming aircraft to encourage them to report any illness.
  • Captains will be authorised to warn airports of any ill passengers onboard flights while the aircraft is in transit. A response (nil or otherwise) will be requested no later than 60 minutes before the actual arrival time
  • An isolated area of London Heathrow Terminal 4 is to be designated to receive aircraft which have reported any ill passengers
  • Leaflets are to be handed to passengers telling them what to do in the event that they are/become unwell And facilities at Terminal 4 are to be reviewed should the current situation escalate.

Mr Shapps added that his announcements were aimed at flights that come directly from the affected areas and that additional measures will be in place at Heathrow.

He said “Obviously we want to stay ahead of the issue so we are keeping a very close eye on it.

“Initially this is to ensure that when flights come indirectly into Heathrow there is a separate area for people to arrive in.”

“Obviously we want to stay ahead of the issue so we are keeping a very close eye on it.

“Initially this is to ensure that when flights come indirectly into Heathrow there is a separate area for people to arrive in.”

There have been 473 cases of Coronavirus confirmed by the Chinese authorities so far. There have been another 2,197 cases of close contact with patients who have been recorded and there is evidence of the virus being of “respiratory transmission”

Of those 473 cases fifteen of those are medical personnel who have been infected with the symptoms being a fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.

As it is a viral infection there is no vaccine but it can cause pneumonia and can be passed from person to person.

Medical professionals have not yet identified the cause or the origin of the virus however the World Health Organisation strongly believes the source could be an animal.

The virus is believed to have originated from the central city of Wuhan in Hubei province at the end of 2019 and has spread to both Beijing and Shanghai.

There have also been cases found within the US, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan all of those people had recently been to Wuhan.

The Chinese government has been providing daily updates on the number of cases in a bid to head off public panic, with officials linking the outbreak to Wuhan’s seafood market.

It has also stepped up efforts to control the outbreak by tightening containment measures in hospitals and discouraging public gatherings in Hubei province.

People across the country are being urged to avoid densely populated areas in general, the health commission said.

China has also stepped up its co-operation with the WHO, which is holding an emergency meeting to determine whether the outbreak of the new coronavirus constitutes a global health emergency.

The Chinese Communist Party’s central political and legal commission said in a post on its WeChat social media account that officials found to have covered up infections would be a “sinner for eternity before the party and the people”.

Common human coronaviruses

Common human coronaviruses, including types 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1, usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Most people get infected with these viruses at some point in their lives. These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time. Symptoms may include

  • runny nose
  • headache
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • a general feeling of being unwell

Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults.

Other human coronaviruses

Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV have been known to frequently cause severe symptoms. MERS symptoms usually include fever, cough, and shortness of breath which often progress to pneumonia. About 3 or 4 out of every 10 patients reported with MERS have died. MERS cases continue to occur, primarily in the Arabian Peninsula. SARS symptoms often included fever, chills, and body aches which usually progressed to pneumonia. No human cases of SARS have been reported anywhere in the world since 2004.

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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