General Advice For Parents & Students On Coronavirus
Brighton & Hove City Council have a website page covering all aspects of coronavirus. You should visit that regularly to ensure you are seeing the most up-to-date advice. Current advice is:
Advice from Public Health England
We're reminding everyone to follow Public Health England advice to:
- always carry tissues and use them to catch your cough or sneeze, then bin the tissue, and wash your hands with soap and water
- wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport
- avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who are unwell
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England.
Based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.
This permits the government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low.
Some people are being asked self-isolate. It does not mean that people who are self-isolating have the virus.
These are the same precautions that everyone would take to avoid other people if suffering from a heavy cold or the winter flu, stay at home and not go to work or school.
Find more information about self-isolation from Public Health England.
The latest information about overseas travel is available from Public Health England.
How effective are hand gels?
Alcohol hand gels that are at least 60% alcohol are a good substitute for handwashing but only where hands are visibly clean. The best method for cleaning hands is using soap and warm, running water.
How useful are face masks?
Face masks play a very important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals but there’s very little evidence of widespread benefit from their use outside of these clinical settings. Face masks must be worn correctly, changed frequently, removed properly and disposed of safely in order to be effective.
The best way to protect ourselves from infections like coronavirus is to wash our hands frequently with soap and water or use a sanitiser gel that is at least 60% alcohol, as well as always carrying tissues and using them to catch coughs and sneezes, then putting the tissue in a bin.
How long does the virus survive outside of the human body and on surfaces like glass, metal and plastic?
Because it's a new illness, we do not fully know how it spreads from person to person, but similar viruses spread by cough droplets or sneeze droplets. These droplets fall on people in the vicinity and can be directly inhaled or picked up on the hands and transferred when someone touches their face.
How long any respiratory virus survives will depend on a number of factors; for example:
- what surface the virus is on
- whether it is exposed to sunlight
- differences in temperature and humidity
- exposure to cleaning products
Under most circumstances, the amount of infectious virus on any contaminated surfaces is likely to have decreased significantly by 24 hours, and even more so by 48 hours.
Should I send my child to school?
Yes, unless they're unwell or have been advised to self-isolate. The safety, welfare and wellbeing of everyone in our schools community is our primary concern.
Please also be aware that media speculation is rife about the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and not everything you read in the newspapers and online is accurate.
At the present time, there's low risk for anyone attending our schools. On advice from the Chief Medical Officer, the risk has been declared as "moderate." This level allows government to plan for all eventualities but that ultimately, the risk to individuals remains "low."
The release of trusted and accurate information will always be done initially by the Chief Medical Officer. Further guidance will then be issued by Public Health England, the Department for Health and Social Care or the NHS. The local authority will also support those messages.
Find answers to frequently asked questions from Public Health England.
Find answers to frequently asked questions from the World Health Organisation