England are refusing to allow escalating fears over the spread of the coronavirus to disrupt the final two rounds of their Guinness Six Nations title challenge.
Eddie Jones' side are due to visit Rome on the final day of the Championship on March 14 but that game appears in growing danger of being postponed with Italy in the grip of a mounting crisis.
Twelve people have died from the disease in Italy and the country has reported a total of 374 cases.
England are preparing for their clash with Wales in the penultimate round at a three-day camp in Oxford and assistant coach Steve Borthwick insists it is business as usual.
"It's not a distraction. The squad are together and looking forward to two-and-a-half days of training together and improving. We want to move forward again. That's what we're concentrating on," Borthwick said.
Anthony Watson is back in contention for the Wales game on Saturday week after being named in a 25-man training squad that has gathered in Oxford.
Bath and Lions wing Watson has yet to make an appearance in the Championship because of a calf problem but could be available for the visit of Wayne Pivac's men to Twickenham.
"Anthony is progressing well. He's been doing his rehab and was running earlier in the week. We're monitoring him day by day to make sure you get the right balance in his training," Borthwick said.
"The Wales game is still nine or 10 days so we'll just monitor it on a daily basis."