Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 25th March 2020.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

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.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

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.

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