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Main symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

What to do if you have symptoms

  1. Contact the Lodge immediately by telephone at 01865 277900
  2. Then email and notify them of your current situation
  3. If you live at DWB or Merifield, also contact the site manager ( or
  4. Book a test through the Early Alert Service (EAS) of the university:
  5. Notify of your test result

If you have symptoms then the other members of your household will also need to self-isolate straight away. The Pandemic Team need to have up-to-date information on who is self-isolating so we can advise staff and fellows not to enter areas that are self-isolating so we can keep everyone safe.

You should also follow the above steps if:

  • You have been identified or believe yourself to be a close contact of someone who has received a positive COVID test result
  • You have been for a test that was negative, BUT have been instructed to continue to self-isolate and/or book a further test, in which case you should continue to self-isolate until told not to by the testing service. If you have to take a second test then please let the new test date so we know you are still self-isolating.

Here is the College’s document outlining the procedure in detail:

Further Information