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

Advice on reducing infections across campus.

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.

UCL’s 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. 

The best protection against COVID-19 is vaccination, including a booster dose for all.  The best protection against flu is to get a free flu vaccination.

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.