Coronavirus: travel advice, continuing collaborations and research race

Imperial is providing regularly updated advice on coronavirus as researchers step up efforts to defeat the disease.

President Alice Gast acknowledged the challenge of travel restrictions, while supporting continued connections and collaborations with China and around the world.

“Colleagues are working hard to keep our whole community safe and healthy. Professor Alice Gast President

The advice, available on the Imperial alerts page , includes the latest travel guidance and what to do if you experience symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath following recent travel in mainland China.

Meanwhile, researchers have made significant progress in understanding, tracking and potentially halting the spread of the viral outbreak.

Professor Robin Shattock’s group in the Department of Infectious Disease is one of only a handful of research groups in the world working to create a viable vaccine against the novel coronavirus.

Epidemiologist Professor Neil Ferguson and team have successfully mapped the spread of coronavirus and are continuing to track its progress.

Professor Wendy Barclay ’s team of virologists and Professor Peter Openshaw’s experimental medicine group are also making significant contributions.

Travel advice

There have been two confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, including one University of York student.

Imperial’s operations continue as normal, however the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Hubei Province , and against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China and have urged those who are able to leave the country to do so. Local authorities are also restricting some travel within China.

For Imperial staff, the College is currently advising against all but essential travel to mainland China. Those with essential travel requirements may seek permission from their Dean or Director.

Imperial is offering support to those in China on College business, including colleagues no longer covered by travel insurance. Further details can be found on Imperial’s coronavirus alerts page.

Collaborations continue

Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial College London, said: “We have very strong connections and collaborations with China, and these will continue despite current travel restrictions.

“This is a difficult time, especially for our staff, students and friends in China and other areas most affected by coronavirus. Our focus is on the safety and wellbeing of our community and we provide up to date advice and guidance.

“Colleagues are working hard to keep our whole community safe and healthy. I am proud that researchers are accelerating global efforts to understand, contain and defeat coronavirus. Their tireless efforts and rapid response have already made a difference in preventing its spread.” Photos and graphics subject to third party copyright used with permission or Imperial College London.

Andrew Scheuber
Communications and Public Affairs


  • Professor Peter J M Openshaw MB BS BSc PhD FBS FRCP FMedSci
    National Heart & Lung Institute
  • Professor Robin Shattock
    Department of Infectious Disease
  • Professor Neil M Ferguson
    School of Public Health
  • Professor Alice P Gast FREng
    Office of the President
  • Professor Wendy S Barclay
    Department of Infectious Disease


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