What to do if you have Covid-19 symptoms during term

By Richard Waters

If you develop any one of the three main coronavirus symptoms you must book a Covid-19 test as soon as possible via https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. You must also self-isolate, along with everyone in your household and support bubble, until you get a result. This means not leaving your accommodation for any reason other than getting a test. 

If you have symptoms, you must self-isolate for 10 days from when the symptoms started. If you have had a positive test but no symptoms, you must also self-isolate for 10 days. If someone in your household has tested positive, you must self-isolate for 14 days. 

The three main symptoms are:

  1. A high temperature (fever). This means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back 
  2. A new and continuous cough. This means coughing a lot for an hour or more, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you have a cough normally, it may be worse than usual
  3. A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. This means that you cannot smell or taste anything, or that things have a different smell or taste to normal. 

If you are self-isolating, even if you are awaiting a test result, you must inform the University. You can do this through the Covid-19 Questionnaire on Banner Self-Service, accessed through DUO. 

Any liver-in who starts to self-isolate outside of office hours must inform the duty porter by telephone. Those living in college accommodation will be offered food packages. 

At the end of the 10 day isolation, you must continue to isolate if you still have any of the following symptoms:

  1. High temperature or feeling hot and shivery
  2. Runny nose or sneezing
  3. Feeling or being sick
  4. Diarrhoea

Further information about the university policies can be found at https://www.dur.ac.uk/coronavirus/youruniversity/ whilst national guidance and health information can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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