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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL2518, tabled on 11 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to use virtual reality technology in NHS hospitals to train staff to identify signs of COVID-19.

Answered on

25 March 2020

COVID-19 appears to present with symptoms identical to seasonal flu. We are using symptomatic criteria of new persistent cough, and temperature raised for more than half a day, to identify patients likely to have COVID-19. We do not currently have plans to use a virtual reality training tool for its recognition.