What if I have symptoms of Covid-19

What action you need to take if you experience symptoms of Covid-19 and information about the University's Connect and Protect service.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you should self-isolate in line with the NHS guidance. Your housemates may also need to self-isolate too as outlined by the NHS.

The main symptoms of Covid-19 are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three 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. Further information about the symptoms of Covid-19 are available on the NHS website.

Tell the University

You should let the University know if

  • You have symptoms of Covid-19 and are waiting to take a test or find out your results
  • You have had a positive Covid-19 diagnosis

Get a test

If you have any of the main symptoms, you should get a test to confirm whether you have Covid-19. Use the Connect and Protect service to book your PCR test.

Stay at home

If you have COVID-19 symptoms you should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. You should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. If this PCR test result is positive, you must continue to self-isolate as per the Government requirements.

If your close contacts and those you live with have been double vaccinated they should take a lateral flow test every day for 7 days. They do not need to self-isolate unless any of their test results is postive.

If your close contacts and those you live with have not been double vaccinated they will need to self-isolate.

If you live in University-managed hall accommodation and you have Covid-19 symptoms or have to self-isolate as one of your hall mates is ill, we’ll support you throughout your period of self-isolation. You’ll be able to stay in your hall and we’ll provide you with access to food and drink, and help you get any medicines you may require.