What to do if you think you have Coronavirus

By sophiebk 01 Apr 2020

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection, but it is crucial you are aware of your symptoms and take the necessary measures to protect yourself and the wider community. The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of: a new continuous cough and/or high temperature

If you have symptoms of Coronavirus you must self-isolate for 7 days. You must inform using the subject line 7 days.


Students who are living in flats in Halls or on the same corridor will be treated as a household. Members of the household who do not have symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of the first person showing symptoms. 

If you live in a studio, with no shared facilities and have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, you must not leave your studio for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

To make your self-isolation as comfortable as possible for you and those around you:

Plan ahead. 
Ask a friend, via message to do your food shopping or you can order food online and arrange for it to be delivered to reception. Staff will then leave the food outside your door. If you are unable to do arrange food in either of these ways please contact the accommodation office.

Access to the kitchen
If you have a shared kitchen you must agree a rota with your flatmates and minimise the time you spend in the kitchen. When you are there you must keep at least 2m apart from one another. You must use your own crockery and cutlery. You must clean all surfaces and places that you touch in the kitchen using viricidal cleaners each time you finish using the kitchen (we can provide appropriate cleaning products´╗┐).

Please also:

  • ´╗┐´╗┐Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home if possible
  • Sleep alone, if possible
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water
  • Stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible
  • Click here for some advice about looking after your mental wellbeing while self-isolating.

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online or call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

These actions will help protect others in your community while you are infectious

Communication and support

You must email with the subject line 7 days and they will be in contact to ask for further information. Once you have informed the University you are self-isolating they wilI be in regular contact with you and will also inform other people in your cluster that you are self isolating.  You can of course tell them yourself via message or social media.  Please use social media responsibly at this time and ensue that you are clear that you are self isolation as a precautionary measure and have not been confirmed as having Covid 19.

Ending self-isolation

You should remain at home until 7 days after the onset of your symptoms. After 7 days, if you feel better and no longer have a high temperature, you will need to remain at home following the guidance to the entire population.  This means that you should only leave your flat or studio to shop for food or medicine or to exercise for one hour per day. If you have not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, you should contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

You can read more about living in Halls and not self-isolating here.

Please be aware, your cough may persist for several weeks, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean you must continue to self-isolate for more than 7 days.

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