Testing, reporting and managing potential cases

Guidance for students and staff on what to do if you or someone else thinks they have coronavirus, how to get a test if you don’t have symptoms, how we're planning for a potential outbreak, and confirmed cases at UCL

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will probably have developed some immunity to the disease. However, it cannot be guaranteed that everyone will develop immunity, or how long it will last. When you stop self-isolating, it’s important to continue to wash your hands regularly, wear face coverings in enclosed public places, and maintain distance from people outside your household.

Visit the Government and NHS websites and download the NHS COVID-19 App for the most up to date information about what to do if you feel unwell, how to get a test, and what you can do to avoid spreading the virus.

Video: Getting tested and reporting your results

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Students: Report a potential or confirmed case

What to do if you: think you may have coronavirus; have tested positive for the virus; are waiting for the results of a coronavirus test; or need to self-isolate.

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Staff: Report or manage a potential or confirmed case

What to do if you, a student or a member of your team: think they may have coronavirus; have tested positive for the virus; are waiting for the results of a coronavirus test; or need to self-isolate.

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UCL Connect to Protect

Connect to Protect has been designed with public health experts to help us monitor and respond to coronavirus cases at UCL and inform our testing programmes. It does not replace NHS Test and Trace.

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Symptom-free testing

Anyone in England who does not have symptoms can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests (LFT). You should get tested twice a week, every 3-4 days. 

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Find out if there is surge testing in your area

The Government is using local surge testing to monitor and respond to new, more contagious variants of COVID-19

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Which coronavirus test is right for you?

Find out more about the different types of coronavirus tests for students, which one you need and how to request one.

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Symptomatic testing

Please note that UCL’s PCR service is not currently being used for internal testing. If you do have symptoms, follow the step-by-step guides for staff and students, or find out how to get a PCR test on the NHS website.

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UCL’s planning for potential outbreaks of coronavirus

UCL is planning for a number of scenarios including any coronavirus cases on campus or further lockdown restrictions.

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Current confirmed cases of COVID-19

Daily reported cases for UCL staff and students.

Further questions

If you have a specific question about your individual circumstances please speak to your department or line manager in the first instance. If you have a more general question, please check that it has not already been answered through our Coronavirus FAQs or Keeping Safe on Campus webpages

Students can contact us though the askUCL student enquiries system. Members of staff can contact us via our online form or alternatively you can email covidhelpline@ucl.ac.uk. If you would like to speak to someone on the phone, please call our helpline on 0203 108 5699. Lines are open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.