About Coronavirus

What is coronavirus?

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. 

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. 

Who can I speak to for advice regarding Coronavirus?

We continue to update this page and we have also established a new helpline to answer and address any additional questions or concerns you may have. If your question isn’t answered in the FAQs, please e-mail coronavirus@aber.ac.uk

The Helpline number is 01970 622483 and the opening hours are Monday – Friday 8.30 to 5.30 (4.30 on Fridays)

How is the University monitoring and responding to the Coronavirus outbreak?

A dedicated team is closely monitoring the outbreak to coordinate the University’s response and our priorities are to safeguard the health of all students and staff and reduce disruption to University academic activities. 

We are operating in line with health advice from Public Health Wales and travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  We will continue to be directed by UK Government advice to protect the health of our whole University community.  

We also continue to work with other universities through HE sector bodies Universities Wales and Universities UK to ensure we share and use the most up to date information and best practice. 

This is a rapidly developing situation which is causing significant concern and uncertainty for everyone and we will respond to any changes in official advice as the situation develops.