Last review: 18 September 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in 2019. It has subsequently spread around the world, becoming a global pandemic.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

The main symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • High temperature (feeling hot to the touch)
  • A new, continuous cough (coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours)
  • Loss or change to sense of smell or taste (not being able to smell or taste anything, or things smelling or tasting different to normal)

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Self-isolation – if you have not travelled outside of the UK

If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, you must stay at home for 14 days from when your symptoms started. 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.

The latest guidance can be seen here:

Self-isolation – if you have travelled outside of the UK in the last 14 days

If you are travelling in to England from any country currently exempt from English border and quarantine restrictions (use the link below to access the current exempt list), you do not need to provide your journey or contact details, or self-isolate for 14 days after you arrive.

The Government is continuing to review the conditions in these exempt countries and territories. If they worsen, self-isolation requirements will be reintroduced.

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For guidance on when the College requires students to self isolate, please see our
'Information for students' page.

Controlling the virus

The current Government advice states that everyone in the UK should ‘Stay Alert’ in order to control the virus. As part of the plan to return to life as near normal as possible, you should follow the English national guidance (people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK).

If you live in an area that is experiencing a local COVID-19 outbreak and where local restrictions have been imposed, different guidance and legislation will apply.

More information on what you can and cannot do is available on



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