Coronavirus Advice

Covid-19 is a new virus with symptoms of fever and a dry cough that may progress to severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Coronavirus can affect more severely individuals with weakened immune systems.

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organisation declared a public health emergency of international concern. UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. However, the risk to individuals remains low.

For most up-to-date government and NHS information, please check:

Pearson College London is committed to the health and welfare of students and staff. We understand that students and staff may be concerned about the risks from contracting the virus. The College actively monitors the advice from Public Health England in issuing guidance and adopting measures to protect its academic community.

We kindly ask students and staff to follow the official guidance and to remain calm. Harassment and discrimination will not be tolerated.

General Advice

Maintain good personal hygiene to minimise the spread of cold and flu viruses, including:

  • Regularly wash hands with soap and water, or gel sanitiser;
  • Sneeze and/ or cough in a disposable tissue which is immediately binned;
  • Avoid people who are unwell;
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Advice for those arriving into the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, Iran or Italy within 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, should immediately:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people;
  • Call NHS 111 for guidance.

Advice for those arriving from Wuhan or Hubei Province in the last 14 days:

Even if you are feeling well:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people;
  • Contact NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area.

If you develop symptoms, please remain at home until advised by a clinician.

Advice on Self-Isolation

To limit the spread of the virus, Public Health England are investigating individuals who may have had close contact (within 2 meters for 15 minutes or more) with people who have contracted Covid-19.  They are being advised that they must self-isolate for a period of 14 days with no exceptions. 

If formally advised to self-isolate, students and staff must remain indoors, avoid contact with other people and call 111 if they develop symptoms.

Students must inform Student Services immediately. If a student in self-isolation feels well, it may be possible to vary their learning to accommodate their circumstances. If assessments are affected, the College’s policies on extensions, deferrals and extenuating circumstances will apply.

Staff must inform their line manager. If they are well and able to work from home, this will be authorised.

Advice on Travel to Affected Countries

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is currently advising against all but essential travel to mainland China. Students and staff planning travel to any of the countries most affected by coronavirus (listed above) must inform the College of their travel and await instruction. Depending on latest Public Health England advice, individuals may be asked to self-isolate for a period of 14 days.