Updated 30th March 2020

LIYSF takes the safety of our students very seriously. The current outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a situation that is constantly evolving. We are some time away from LIYSF, the situation is likely to change and therefore our procedures will be updated in light of government advice at the given time. We are very much planning on LIYSF going ahead this year, with the appropriate measures in place.

LIYSF takes advice from the relevant government agencies and supporters of the Forum include eminent epidemiologists at the Department of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology, Imperial College London. We are constantly staying updated on the situation. In the UK we follow the advice and guidance on contingency measures provided by the authorities, including Public Health England (PHE) and the National Health Service (NHS). We are also a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust and work in accordance with their guidance.

We are being as pro-active as possible and doing our own due diligence to monitor and put systems in place as the situation develops. We are liaising with Imperial College London for their policies and safeguards. Please see our initial prevention policy below. We will be as flexible as possible with regards to payments and confirmations, with later deadlines.

The UK National Health Service (NHS) has issued advice and guidance to help prevent the spread of the virus, which we encourage you to follow – see here. We also follow UK government guidelines such as those outlined here.

When looking for information about the virus and the situation, please look to trusted sources.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.


The routes of transmission of this novel coronavirus are not clearly known; however, other coronaviruses are mainly transmitted by large respiratory droplets and direct or indirect contact with infected secretions. 

To reduce the risk of infection all persons should:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or using alcohol hand rub containing 60% alcohol at regular intervals, after using public transport, after toileting and always before food.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, or who appears unwell.
  • If you feel unwell, stay in your room, notify your group leader. Contact local healthcare provider, checking online information first.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash hands. If you don’t have a tissue to hand, cough into the bend of your elbow.
  • Ensure frequently touched items and surfaces e.g. door handles, light switches, taps are cleaned and disinfected.
  • Avoid visiting live bird and animal markets, backyard or commercial poultry farms and do not touch wild or domestic birds (alive or dead).
  • Avoid any contact with animals, birds or surfaces that may be contaminated with animal or bird dropping.
  • Avoid eating or handling under-cooked or raw meat including poultry, egg or duck dishes.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • Should a mask be worn, all the recommended precautions in order to minimise the risk of transmission should still be used.

Courtesy of the BBC

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