What to do if you develop Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms

The Scottish Government has strict guidelines on what you need to do if you develop Coronavirus symptoms. There are also additional University guidelines you need to follow to keep our community safe. The advice on this page is for students and staff members.

People in Scotland are also encouraged to download the free NHS Protect Scotland mobile appProtect Scotland mobile app. The app is designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid further lockdowns. 

The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus. And if you test positive, it can help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed while keeping your information private and anonymous.

Please read all of the information on this page, and the latest government guidance so you know what you need to do.

If you develop symptoms

If you develop Coronavirus symptoms, you will be asked to self-isolate. Most people with Coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – 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)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – you can't smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

What you need to do next

If you develop any one of these symptoms you must:

  • return to your residence – this applies to those who live on campus, and those who live elsewhere
  • self-isolate for 14 days – please complete this short online form to let the University know you are self-isolating (staff should also let their line manager know)
  • arrange a test within 5 days of first symptoms - find out how to book a test on the NHS Inform website
  • follow the guidance for your specific test result

If you test positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you test positive or if you are identified by the NHS Test and Protect contact tracing service, you need to self-isolate at home.

Staff members must self-isolate and inform their line manager about their symptoms and test arrangements.

If you test negative

A negative result means the test did not find Coronavirus.

You do not need to self-isolate if your test is negative, as long as:

If you have diarrhoea or you’re being sick, stay at home until 48 hours after they've stopped.

If your test is unclear, void, borderline or inconclusive

An unclear, void, borderline or inconclusive result means it's not possible to say if you had Coronavirus when you were tested.

You must: