Students in Halls – What Covid-19 means for you
The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has brought worldwide changes as to how we all go about our lives BUT as a student in halls of residence what does this mean for you?
If you are NOT presenting possible symptoms associated with Covid-19:
Then you are expected to abide by social distancing, which was announced by the government March 23rd, in an attempt to slow down the spread of COVID-19.
Under these new measures, you should only go outside for the following reasons:
If you do go out of the house for any of these reasons, you should still keep your time outside to a minimum and keep two metres away from anyone else.
It is also important to remember that the government has advised that everyone should:
“Avoid gatherings in public spaces even with friends and family”
Instead, try keeping in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
The Police have powers to take action against those that they feel are not abiding by social distancing, including gathering of three or more people. This could be a warning, a fine or even a caution and all students should consider this when deciding whether to step outside.
*Remember – these rules apply to everyone and, for the most part, everyone is abiding by them.
What is the definition of a ‘Household?’
Household is ‘the people you live with.’
HOWEVER, there are many different definitions of ‘household’ and the when the government is talking about a social unit it is generalising to a family house with five or fewer occupants.
Therefore, gatherings of more than two adults are in breach of social distancing, even if all of those gathering live in the same block or halls.
When should you self-isolate?
Self-isolation is different from social distancing and is a more restrictive method of keeping away from others so to not spread the virus.
You should self-isolate for seven days from the start of your symptoms. This means staying at home and not going out for a full week after the start of your symptoms.
How to self-isolate
When self-isolating, it is advisable to DO the following:
AVOID the following during self-isolation:
If you are living in University managed halls, are in self-isolation and cannot access food shopping please email the campus accommodation team.
A lot of the above things are easier said than done when living in a student accommodation BUT it's super important to follow the NHS guidelines as much as you can.
On top of the above suggestions from the NHS website, the government also suggests that you avoid using shared spaces, including kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms. Try to keep these areas well ventilated.
If you need to cook, you should only use the kitchen when no one else is there. It's a good idea to then use disinfecting cleaning products to clean the surfaces you've touched.
You should eat your meals in your room. And, the best way to clean your dishes is with a dishwasher but, if you don't have one, you can use washing up liquid and warm water, before drying them with a separate tea towel to the rest of the house.
For shared toilets and bathrooms, try to clean them after each use. Again, it's also worth using a separate towel to your other housemates to dry your hands.
What to do?
There are loads of online suggestions of activities, exercises, skills and other ways to fill your time when under social distancing or self-isolation measures.
Here are a few for those who are not in self-isolation and want to help others:
Email Parish Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 015394 34172
Free access to Linkedin Learning:
“fun things to do on the internet when you’re bored”:
*(UCSU does not endorse these websites or accept liability for anything you find on the internet, ever)
Page created 2nd April 2020