The UK is to begin monitoring flights arriving from China, as part of a series of precautionary measures after the spread of a new coronavirus.
The measures, to be announced by the health secretary later, will apply to flights from Wuhan to London Heathrow.
Alex Field teaches English at a high school in Wuhan and has lived there for more than two years, but returned at the weekend to visit his family in Chester-le-Street.
He said he was screened on his transit through Hong Kong airport by having his body temperature checked, but now understands this is happening on the plane, before passengers are allowed off.
Referring to how the news emerged in China, he said: "Initially it came out that a few people had the flu, a virus, then it sort of went away and we were told it couldn't spread any more.
"But the day after I came back to England for the holiday it sort of exploded again."
From what he has heard people are heeding advice to avoid crowds.
"No-one is going out at the moment, everyone is staying indoors", he said.
"People have been told not to panic, but I understand some families have actually cancelled their Chinese New Year dinner over worries of either taking out or bringing in the virus."
He is now concerned that his girlfriend, who is due to fly out of China and join his family at the weekend, might be unable to do so.
As for his own return to Wuhan he is expecting to get feedback from the school.
"I'm not due back until the 7 February so guess I'll hear something closer to the time."