I have Covid-19

You’ve received a positive Covid-19 test result - what next?

1. Tell us

If you have received a positive Covid-19 test make sure you tell the University through the Coronavirus Reporting Form. We can then ensure you get the support you need while you self-isolate.

2. Self-isolate and ask your housemates to as well

We have lots of information on how to self-isolate and how you can get support during this time on these webpages. Make sure you follow the instructions on how long you and your housemates need to self-isolate for (if they have not been double-vaccinated)

Even if you have received two Covid vaccinations, you will need to self-isolate after a positive Covid test. You will be breaking the law if you leave self-isolation early.

3. Get support

Once you tell us that you have tested positive for Covid-19, we will allocate you a Point of Contact. They will assess how frequently you, or you and your household, will need contact (and if you want any contact at all). They can help to signpost you to sources of support, can help you get essential supplies if you need and they can give more information about how to manage your self-isolation period. 

4. Look after yourself

We know it’s hard to self-isolate. You might not even feel unwell, in which case it’s important to keep busy.

While you’re not doing university work, here are some ideas to help you pass the time:

5. If your symptoms get worse

It's important to get medical help if your symptoms get worse.

The NHS recommends that you use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • you feel breathless and it's getting worse
  • your symptoms get worse and you're not sure what to do
You should only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Call 999 for an ambulance if you or someone you care for:

  • are struggling to breathe
  • are coughing up blood
  • have blue lips or a blue face
  • feel cold and sweaty, with pale or blotchy skin
  • have a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it
  • collapse or faint
  • become confused or very drowsy
  • have stopped peeing or are peeing much less than usual

Tell the operator that you might have coronavirus symptoms.

Positive Covid test before travelling to campus

If you have a positive rapid (lateral flow) Covid test before you intend to travel to campus:

If the PCR test is also positive, please follow the instructions from NHS Test & Trace. You will be able to travel to campus when your self-isolation ends, as long as you are no longer displaying symptoms.