Advice on Your General Health and Wellbeing

I feel generally unwell, what should I do?


You should follow the latest Public Health England (PHE) advice, which can be found here. This advice is relevant if you experience symptoms generally - even if you have not visited a country or area defined as Category 1 or 2 you must still follow these precautions:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section for more information)

  • if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill

  • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period. (See ending isolation section for more information

  • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

  • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible

  • if you have coronavirus symptoms:

    • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital

    • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home

    • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home


Should I wear a face mask?


Public Health England (PHE) state:

Face masks play a very important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals but there’s very little evidence of widespread benefit from their use outside of these clinical settings. Facemasks must be worn correctly, changed frequently, removed properly and disposed of safely in order to be effective.


I have an underlying condition and am worried about my health - what should I do?


We know that the Coronavirus is of increased concern for those chronic medical conditions and you may feel particularly vulnerable if you have such a condition.

If you have an existing or underlying health condition and you are worried about your health regarding the coronavirus, we would encourage you to contact either your GP - via phone or email, do not attend your surgery, or to use the NHS 111 online tool. Alternatively call NHS 111 to get advice.

The helpline is open from 08:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday.


I am pregnant - what should I do?


Please read the latest advice on social distancing, available here. Pregnant women are strongly advised to follow these measures.

If you are a pregnant student living off-site, we recommend that you do not travel to campus and avoid social interaction wherever possible.

If you are a pregnant student living in WUC accommodation, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can support you to keep yourself safe. Please call/text the Warden team on 07880 557796, or email, in the first instance. This information will be kept confidential.


What is social distancing?


Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. They include:

  1. Avoiding contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;

  2. Avoiding non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible;

  3. Working from home, where possible.

  4. Avoiding large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs.

  5. Avoiding gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.

  6. Using telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.