This section contains information for staff regarding their physical health related to coronavirus. For information on looking after your mental health and wellbeing visit the wellbeing page.

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Official advice

What to do if you develop coronavirus symptoms

If someone in your household has coronavirus symptoms

The Government's 'Test and Trace' scheme

What to do if you have contact with someone with suspected coronavirus

 

Official advice

Current government advice on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at:

 Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response

NHS advice provides guidance on the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), how to avoid catching or spreading it, and what to do if you are concerned.

 NHS advice

 

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus

Coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough, a change in your sense of smell/taste, or any other flu-like symptoms such as sore throat or muscle aches.

If you develop any of these symptoms, please stay at home and:

  • inform your line manager immediately
  • if you are a University/College staff member, you should arrange a test as soon as possible. For details on how to do this, visit the testing page
  • stay at home and self-isolate for at least seven days or until you receive further instructions from the Addenbrooke's Hospital Occupational Health or Infectious Diseases team following your test
  • if you are a staff member living in College accommodation in Cambridge, notify your College’s porters’ lodge by phone

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You should inform your manager of your test result as soon as possible. 

Your absence will be treated as sick leave and you should follow the University’s standard sickness absence reporting procedure. You will not be required to provide a GP fit note after 7 days of sickness. You should continue to keep your Department informed and regularly updated about your health. 

If you have returned to the workplace and developed symptoms at work

If you develop symptoms at work, you should leave work immediately and:

  • avoid touching anything, and wash your hands regularly
  • cough or sneeze into a tissue and put it in a bin, or if you do not have tissues, cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow
  • use a separate bathroom from others if possible
  • avoid using public transport to travel home, if possible
  • arrange to have a test as soon as possible
  • stay at home and self-isolate for at least seven days or until you receive further instructions from the Addenbrooke's Hospital Occupational Health or Infectious Diseases team following your test

 

If someone in your household has coronavirus symptoms

If you live with someone who has coronavirus symptoms, but you remain well, you must remain at home for 14 days. Your line manager will explore with you whether you can work from home during this period. If working from home in your normal role is not possible you could be given alternative duties.

If you go on to develop coronavirus, follow the advice above.

 

The Government’s ‘Test and Trace scheme’

If you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace team, you may be asked to isolate for 14 days. Under these circumstances you should not return to the workplace, even if you have not been sick. You may be required to do this on more than one occasion if told to do so by the NHS. During the isolation period you will remain on full pay.

 

What to do if you have had contact with a person with suspected coronavirus

If you have had close contact (defined by Public Health England as being within 2 metres) with an individual with suspected coronavirus in a way that you consider may have put you at risk of exposure, you should return home and self-isolate for 7 days or until a negative test result is confirmed for the person with whom you have had contact. If you go on to develop symptoms of coronavirus such as a continuous cough, fever, loss of sense of smell and/or taste, you should follow the advice above.