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Living safely with respiratory and other common infections, including COVID-19

In light of recent government guidance, UCL has updated its advice.

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. 

It continues to be the case that the best protection against COVID-19 is vaccination, including a booster dose for all.

Useful links to government guidance

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Unwell? Stay home

What to do if you have symptoms of an infection or test positive.                                                                          

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Guidance for parents and carers

Guidance and support where caring arrangements are impacted by illness.

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People whose immune system means they are at higher risk

What to do if your immune system means you are at higher risk if you catch an infection.

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Wearing face coverings on campus

UCL's face covering policy for staff, students and visitors.