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Quick guide for students: when to get a Covid-19 test or self-isolate

What to do if you, someone you live with, or your close contact, has any symptoms or gets a positive result from an LFD or PCR test.

Follow this advice from Bath & North East Somerset Public Health on what to do if you, someone in your household, or a close contact, has any symptoms of Covid-19 or has a positive result on an LFD or PCR test.

When to self-isolate

What to do if... When to self-isolate When to take a test When to return to University
You have Coronavirus symptoms Do not come to University, and self-isolate Get a PCR test as soon as possible, and inform the University immediately if PCR test result is positive If your PCR test comes back negative
Your LFD (rapid test) is positive for Coronavirus Do not come to University and self-isolate until you get a PCR test Take a PCR test as soon as possible, and inform the University immediately if test result is positive If your PCR test comes back negative
Your PCR (lab test) is positive for Coronavirus Do not come to University, and self-isolate for at least 10 days (from the first day of symptoms or positive PCR test – whichever came first) Inform the University immediately that test result is positive Once 10 days of isolation have been completed. You can return to University with a cough or loss of smell/taste, but you should stay at home if you still have a temperature
Someone in your household has Coronavirus symptoms OR someone in your household has tested positive for Coronavirus The person with symptoms must self-isolate. Anyone over 18yrs and 6 months in the household who is fully vaccinated (plus 14 days), and anyone under 18yrs and 6 months, doesn't have to self-isolate unless they develop symptoms The person with symptoms must take a PCR test as soon as possible. Others in the household should take a PCR test and continue to use LFD tests regularly. If the person is a student they should inform the University immediately of their positive LFD or PCR test Continue to attend University unless you develop symptoms (even mild) or you test positive
NHS test and trace have identified you as a ‘close contact’ of a confirmed Coronavirus case You don't need to self-isolate if you are over 18yrs and 6 months and fully vaccinated (plus 14 days), or under 18yrs and 6 months, unless you develop symptoms Take a PCR test, inform the University immediately if test result is positive, and continue to use rapid LFD tests regularly Continue to attend University unless symptoms develop (even mild) or you test positive

How to get an LFD or PCR test

If you need an LFD rapid test, home test kits are available for students. You can pick up packs of seven tests from campus, the Virgil Building, local pharmacies or order them to be sent to your home.

If your LFD test is positive, you have symptoms, or you live with or have been in close contact with someone with Covid-19, you must order a PCR test.

How to get a Covid-19 vaccination

If you aren't yet fully vaccinated, you can get a free vaccination by making an appointment or attending a walk-in clinic.