What to do if you have Covid-19 symptoms or advised to self-isolate

1. Self-isolate

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a high temperature, a new, dry cough, or sudden loss of taste or smell. You should self-isolate immediately if you experience any of those symptoms or are advised to by NHS Test and Trace.

What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

If you're on campus when you develop symptoms

  • If you live on campus, or within walking distance of where you live, return to your room/home. Before leaving, use the nearest hand sanitiser and wear a face covering.
  • If you live off campus and are unable to get home without using public transport, please call Campus Security on 01227 82 3300, who will direct you to the nearest location to self-isolate. Please remain at least 2m away from anyone else while you are waiting and either outdoors or in a well-ventilated place. You should use the nearest hand-sanitiser and wear a face-covering.

When you arrive home

  • Once you are home you must not leave the house for any purpose other than to have Covid-19 test.  You should also maintain at least 2m distance from members of your household.
  • You will be required to self-isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started, or from the date of the test, if you were not experiencing symptoms previously.  In the latter case, if you start to experience symptoms during your isolation period, you must restart the 10-day isolation from the day you developed symptoms.
  • If you are unwell but tested negative you do not need to self-isolate but should stay at home until you’re feeling better.
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