COVID19 - what to do if you have symptoms or test positive

Help control the virus 

  • Stay at home
  • Protect the NHS
  • Save lives

Symptoms of coronavirus are:

• a high temperature
• a new cough where you keep on coughing. This means coughing a lot for more than an hour or three or more episodes of coughing in a day
• Losing or there being a change to your sense of smell or taste

If you are feeling unwell, get a test and self isolate - which means that you do not leave home for at least 10 days. Your housemates need to self isolate too (see below)

You should not be using public transport or taxis. Do not allow social visits from friends and family as you will spread the virus

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital unless it is an emergency. In an emergency call 999

Step-by-step - take action now;

1. Book a test here

2. Let Unipol know as soon as you have symptoms by completing a form on your Unipol student portal or email us directly here 

3. Inform your College of University

4. Tell people you have been close to, particularly those you live with if you are in a shared household

Let people know who you have been close to over the last 2 days that you have coronavirus symptoms. Being close to could mean: Being face to face with someone who is closer than 1 metre (3 feet) from you for any length of time. 

Postal tests

Some test kits may provide a courier to collect the test kit.

NHS tests require you to post it back in a 'priority mail box'. Royal Mail provide further details here 

Find your nearest priority mail box

You are instructed that you can leave your house/flat or building to walk to the nearest priority postbox, as long as you wear a face covering

What will happen if I have a positive test?

If your test shows you have coronavirus, you will be contacted by text, email or phone and will be asked to provide information about the people you have been close to recently.

After 10 days if you still have a high temperature, you must stay home and away from people until you feel better. After 10 days if you only have a cough and/or loss of sense of taste or smell you don’t have to stay home and away from people any more. 

Living in a shared household

Everyone else you share your house with must still stay home because they might have caught the virus, but may not be showing symptoms yet. They must stay at home for 14 days from the first day you felt poorly, even if they feel well

If they then start to have coronavirus symptoms, they should stay at home and not meet up with other people for 10 days from when their symptoms started

Getting supplies

While you are staying at home arrange for food and medication to be delivered. Delivery people must not come into your home.

If you cannot get a supermarket delivery for a few days, you should use a delivery service like Deliveroo to pick up and deliver the essentials you require.

Morrisons have extended their doorstep delivery service to include students. The number to call is 0345 611 6111 option 5. 

Can I go collect my delivery in a large building?

Yes, you can go and collect your food deliveries. If you are in a large shared building, ensuring you wear a mask and sanitise your hands when you go to receive your delivery. Touch as little areas as possible. 

Find out more about getting supplies here and how your University/College may be able to support you

Stop the virus spreading

1. Use a different bathroom if possible. If you use the same bathroom clean it each time after you use it. Wipe all surfaces you have touched using strong household cleaner (disinfectant)

2. Use different towels

3. Do not share a bed

4. Do not use the kitchen at the same time

5. Clean surfaces that you often touch several times a day. Use household cleaner (detergent)

6. Use a dishwasher. If this is not possible, wash and dry each person’s things separately. Use a different sponge and tea towels for each person

7. Do not shake dirty washing before putting it in the washing machine. If you do not have a washing machine, wait 3 days after your staying at home period ends before taking it to be washed

8. Put rubbish such as tissues and disposable wiping cloths into rubbish bags that are tied shut. Then put these bags inside a second bag. You should wait 3 days before you put them outside for the rubbish collection

Advice for International students - quarantining on arrival to the UK

What are Unipol doing to keep you safe in our accommodation?

Current Guidelines - what are the rules in Leeds, Bradford and Nottingham? 

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