Living safely with respiratory and other common infections, including COVID-19
The Government has updated its guidance on self-isolation for those with symptoms of COVID-19, those who have tested positive and those who have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
While the legal requirement to self-isolate has been removed for those with COVID-19, the Government still advises to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
At UCL, the wellbeing of our staff and students remains of utmost importance and we want to continue to avoid placing people at unnecessary risk of any type of illness.
It is therefore UCL’s expectation that staff should not attend work (and students should not attend teaching sessions) if they have symptoms of a respiratory infection or could potentially pass on any infection or illness to others. The exception is patient-facing healthcare staff (and students) with direct clinical care responsibilities who should follow the guidance provided by their healthcare provider regarding attendance at work.
With this in mind UCL is launching a long-term health protection campaign called “Unwell? Stay home” to remind students and staff of their responsibility to limit the transmission of infectious diseases in our community.
Useful links to government guidance
- People with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19
- Living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19
- Reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace
- COVID-19: guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable
- COVID-19: guidance for people whose immune system means they are at higher risk (to be reviewed on 1 July 2022)
- Managing healthcare staff with symptoms of a respiratory infection or a positive COVID-19 test result