Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for students and staff

Update 25 February

The UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days, and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild. These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases.

A number of other specific areas have also been identified, including Iran, lockdown areas in Northern Italy and special care zones in South Korea. Travellers from these areas are advised to self-isolate on return even if they are not currently symptomatic. 

More detailed travel information can be found in the 'Health and Wellbeing' section below.

Following the World Health Organization’s declaration on 30 January that the coronavirus outbreak is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK government changed its risk level from low to moderate. This change in level permits the government to plan for all eventualities.

We extend our deepest sympathies with our Chinese students and staff and their families and friends, and with all members of our community who have been affected by coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is our highest priority. We are regularly in contact with government and Public Health England to ensure the welfare of our students, staff and visitors.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. There are several known coronaviruses that infect people and usually only cause mild respiratory disease, such as the common cold. This coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan in China, is a new coronavirus that differs from these.


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How it may affect you at University

Your health and wellbeing

Attending university

Harassment or abuse 

Travel to/from China

Graduation ceremonies

Advice for staff

Get support

If you're worried about friends and family in China, contact our Student Information Point to speak to a member of staff.

Advice posters

Resources from Public Health England to download:

Health Advice Poster A4 (English) (PDF, 549kB)

How we are supporting you

Watch these videos of support from our community: 

  • Prof. Sarah Purdy (Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Experience)
  • Julus Ogayo (International Officer at Bristol Students Union)
  • Man Fai Ho (Association of British and Chinese University Students)
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