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.

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

If you develop symptoms

If you develop Coronavirus symptoms, you must 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:

  1. return to your residence – this applies to those who live on campus, and those who live elsewhere
  2. book a test as soon as you can – you can visit the mobile test unit on campus or book on the NHS Inform website
  3. let the University know – complete this short online form to let the University know you are self-isolating (staff should also tell their manager)
  4. follow the guidelines 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: