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COVID 19: When to self-isolate

By sophiebk 05 Oct 2020

Any resident of University Accommodation must self-isolate immediately if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus
  • you've tested positive for coronavirus (this means you have coronavirus)
  • you live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive
  • you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app
  • you arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk – see GOV.UK: how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK

Under any of the above circumstances you should self-isolate. You only need to book a test if you develop symptoms.

If your flatmate has been told they need to self-isolate by track and trace, but they do not have any symptoms, then you do not need to self-isolate.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 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 1 of these symptoms.

As well as self-isolating, if you have symptoms you should book a test for coronavirus via the University testing facility by following the steps on the University website which can be found here:

Once you are self-isolating:

  • You should inform the University via Liverpool Life as soon as you are self-isolating.
  • Please also inform your Hall Reception of when you are self-isolating and why. Their contact details are here:
  • We will contact you with exact guidance and ensure that you are supported in terms of your well-being, food, medical supplies and washing/cleaning arrangements etc.

Click here for more information if you are self isolating.