Information and Advice on Coronavirus for Unipol Tenants

06/02/2020

 It may be useful for you to have this information.

Public Health England (the Government service that deals with public health matters) provides specific advice, including the current situation in the UK on this issue. Their advice is updated at 2.00pm each day and can be consulted at

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_bHGqpi65wIVDLTtCh2iYQcQEAAYASAAEgJQxvD_BwE

They have issued specific advice relating to:

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province

Those who have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area.

Tenants are asked to follow this advice even if they do not have symptoms of the virus.

Travellers from Elsewhere in China (not Macao or Hong Kong)

are advised that if they have travelled to the UK in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, they should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of their recent travel to the country.

Travellers from Other Parts of China and Other Specified Areas

This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:

China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau.

are advised that if they have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, they should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of their recent travel to the country
  • In Scotland phone your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours
  • If in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.

Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor.

Informing the Educational Institution

If you in either of these two categories then please let Unipol know by contacting our Tenancy Support Officer Jan Hardy - J.Hardy@unipol.org.uk.

Students should also inform their educational institution so that they can offer appropriate academic and pastoral support.

The University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University offer bespoke advice on their website to their students and students should read and follow these:

University of Leeds

Leeds Beckett University

University of Nottingham

What this Means in Practice

Public Health England  (PHE) are asking people to take simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible, like they would with other flu viruses.

  • this means remaining at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if there are symptoms) and not going to work, college or public areas.
  • where possible, PHE advice is to avoid having visitors to their home, but it is ok for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food.

Implications and Advice for Tenants

There are issues for students “self-isolating” for 14 days if they are living in shared student accommodation with other students. It is difficult to avoid contact with others if students are sharing WC/washing and/or kitchen facilities. Difficulties are likely to increase in non en-suite shared accommodation of where a kitchen is shared by a larger number of students.

If possible, Unipol will try and offer anyone affected some self-contained accommodation which will make self-isolating more practical. The decision to relocate will be made by the student/s concerned.

If tenants are “self-isolating” and Unipol knows about this we will always inform other students in the shared accommodation. Students affected will be offered help and advice to understand the risks involved and how they can help in the process. In some cases they may also need to be involved in any temporary relocation issues.

Tenants who are self-isolating will need help and support buying food and other necessaries and Unipol will put in place a localised care package. Academic provisions are a matter for the educational institutions.

General Information

This is a time of year when many people in the UK suffer from coughs and colds. Everyone is recommended to follow the usual hygiene precautions in daily life to reduce the risk of infection, such as washing hands regularly, covering their mouth and nose if they sneeze or cough, and keeping kitchens clean.

As a matter of general good practice, this is a good time to ensure that you are registered with a local doctor. Information can be found here.

Other Matters

The wider implications of the Coronavirus outbreak has resulted in serious travel disruption being experienced by some students who had planned to travel as part of their studies or return home and they will now find that more difficult and in some cases this will not be possible. In all cases Unipol will maintain a supportive and flexible approach in continuing to accommodating students who are affected by these changes.

If you have any questions then contact Unipol

Take care and stay healthy.