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How the new Government Guidelines on COVID-19 applies to you

By HWResLife 27 Mar 2020

The advice regarding COVID-19 is constantly updating.

For the most recent updates please visit https://www.hw.ac.uk/coronavirus.htm

As of 13 March 2020, the following applies to all students resident in university accommodation.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater).

A new continuous cough is where you:

  • have a new cough that’s lasted for an hour
  • have had 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours
  • are coughing more than usual.

A high temperature is feeling hot to the touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature). You may feel warm, cold or shivery.

Some people will have more serious symptoms, including pneumonia or difficulty breathing, which might require admission to hospital.

What if I develop any of the above symptoms of COVID-19?

If you have developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.

You should phone NHS24 on 111 if:

  • your symptoms worsen during home isolation, especially if you are in a high or extremely high-risk group
  • breathlessness develops or worsens, particularly if you are in a high or extremely high-risk group
  • your symptoms have not improved in 7 days

If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.

How do I use the shared spaces?

  •  Minimise the time you spend in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas as much as possible and keep shared spaces well ventilated.
  • Aim to keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from people you live with and sleep in a different bed where possible.
  • If you cannot use a separate bathroom from the rest of the flat, make sure you use separate towels from other people in your flat, both for drying yourself after bathing or showering and for hand hygiene purposes. Ask the people you live with to remember to use their own towels.
  • If you do share toilet and bathroom, it is important that you clean them after you have used them every time (e.g. wiping surfaces you have come in contact with). Another tip is to consider drawing up a rota for bathing, with you using the facilities last, before thoroughly cleaning the bath/shower, sink and toilet yourself.
  • If you share a kitchen with others, avoid using it whilst others are present. Take your meals back to your room to eat. Wash crockery and cutlery using your usual washing up liquid and warm water and dry them thoroughly, remembering to use a separate tea towel.

• We understand that it will be difficult for some people to separate themselves from others in your flat. You should do your very best to follow this guidance and everyone in your flat should regularly wash their hands, avoid touching their face and clean frequently touched surfaces.

Do the people I share a flat or corridor with need to take any action? 

If you live in a shared flat or corridor with other people and have symptoms, they now need to stay within the flat for 14 days from the start of your symptoms even if they do not have symptoms themselves.

If they develop symptoms within the 14 days, they need to stay at stay within the flat for 7 days from the day their symptoms began. They should do this even if it takes them over the 14-day isolation period.


Please contact SafeGuarding Services via the Safezone app or 0131 451 3500, and they will advise and aid in with what is required for the flat over this 14-day period.


Who can I contact on campus for support or if I have questions or concerns?

 SafeGuarding Services Safezone app or 0131 451 3500 (24 hour per day).

Student Call Centre call 0131 451 8899 Monday – Friday 10am -4pm

Residence Life reslife@hw.ac.uk

Student Wellbeing studentwellbeing@hw.ac.uk  


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