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

There are several reasons why you may be self-isolating:

  • You may have symptoms of Covid-19 and be waiting to take a test or find out your results
  • You may have had a positive Covid-19 diagnosis
  • You may live with or have been in close contact with someone who is symptomatic or had a positive test result

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

You must stay at home, and do not have visitors, until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. Anyone you live with must also self-isolate at home until you get your result (unless, as per the NHS guidance, they are fully vaccinated and at least 14 days have passed since their second dose of the Covid vaccine).

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.