Coronavirus update

This page will be updated when new information becomes available.

We are all aware that the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is becoming more widespread and intense. It goes without saying that the safety and health of our staff, students, alumni and visitors is of paramount concern to us. 

As a research-led university, King’s also has an important role in supporting the global narrative and response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak. This article is to keep you, as a member of King’s global alumni community, informed of how we are responding to the global spread of the virus.

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3 April 2020

10,000 COVID19 test kits donated by Peking University alumni

10,000 COVID19 test kits that can give results in 15 minutes are currently being shipped.

The COVID19 test kits from Peking University alumni, notably those from the HSBC Business School (PHBS), can provide patient results on the COVID19 illness in just 15 minutes.

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31 March 2020

Study identifies medications safe to use in COVID-19 treatment

A recent study has found that there is no evidence for or against the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen for patients with COVID-19.

The study, led by researchers at King’s College London, also found other types of drugs, such as TNF blockers and JAK inhibitors safe to use.

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26 March 2020

Scientists develop prototype for rapidly deployable ventilator

An interdisciplinary team of engineers and medics is addressing ways to increase the UK’s capacity for ventilator manufacture.

Engineers, anaesthetists and surgeons from King’s and the University of Oxford are building and testing prototypes that can be manufactured using techniques and tools available in well-equipped university and small and medium enterprise (SME) workshops.

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25 March 2020

King's global response to COVID-19

We have set up a dedicated website to update you on King’s contribution to the COVID-19 response and how the King’s community supports the country’s response to the pandemic and boosting NHS resources.

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24 March 2020

New symptom tracking app aims to slow spread of coronavirus

King's is today launching a new app which tracks symptoms related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), allowing anyone to self-report daily.

Around 5,000 twins and their families across the UK have been recruited from the TwinsUK cohort study to trial the app, which tracks in real time how the disease progresses. The aim of the app is to help slow the outbreak, by helping researchers identify:

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19 March 2020

King’s commitment to reducing the potential exposure of our community

We have set up a dedicated webpage to reflect King’s position, following the changing announcements and advice in the UK. Please consult this for latest updates on King’s approach to COVID-19. A summary of the main changes is provided below:

Students

We advise all students, including those overseas, to return home whether that it is to the UK or to their home country. 

Staff

All members of staff who are not required to come into the university to fulfil their role should work from home if possible. 

Teaching

Teaching sessions for taught students will be delivered online from 23 March 2020 until the beginning of May 2020. 

Exams

Exams and assessments will take place remotely after Easter, except possibly in some instances where professional bodies are involved. 

Events

All university events, gatherings or meetings with over 50 people are to be offered virtually, postponed or cancelled until, at the very earliest, the start of May 2020.
 
King’s contribution to the coronavirus response

King’s was built on an ambition to serve society. That commitment is stronger than ever at this time of global challenge. 

As a world-renowned university, several King’s academics and researchers are playing a key role in supporting the global narrative and response to the COVID-19 outbreak, from providing expert analysis, to researching therapeutic treatments and advising the UK government. We have set up a dedicated website to update you on King’s contribution to the COVID-19 response.

King’s Health Partners

This is a challenging time for all healthcare providers in the UK. King’s Health Partners are playing an important role in contributing to the national approach to contain the virus. Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital is a designated High Consequence Infectious Disease (HCID) Treatment Centre, one of a small number of specialist centres in England that treat people with very contagious conditions. This means treating a number of people who have been confirmed as having COVID-19. You can find out more here.

If you would like to help to support King's global response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, click here.
 
You are part of a global King’s community
 
We will continue to provide updates about fundraising, guidance and our services as the situation evolves. 

To stay up to date with the response from King’s, associated partners and the alumni office, make sure you follow our social medial channels: FacebookTwitterInstagram and WeChat.

Please note, due to the impact of novel coronavirus we are unable to take any telephone calls or process any donations by telephone for the immediate and foreseeable future. We do apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will keep you updated on any changes to this on our website. You can still donate by credit/debit card here and/or make a regular gift by Direct Debit here. Thank you very much for your support. We hugely appreciate it.

To all of you in our global alumni community, we would like to express our sincere support and solidarity and assure you that we will be doing everything we can to serve our alumni, friends and the wider society as we navigate the weeks ahead together.