It makes sense to practice good hygiene and follow advice published on the PHA website.
Like seasonal flu, the same public health advice applies for COVID-19 (Coronavirus): if you cough or sneeze, use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose, throw it away carefully after use, and wash your hands.
Washing your hands regularly will help prevent flu and other viruses spreading.
If you do become unwell with flu or flu-like symptoms, you should stay at home - most cases of flu are likely to be mild and can be managed at home with over-the-counter remedies. For most people it will have resolved within a week but the latest guidance advises you and all members of your household to stay at home for 14 days. If symptoms persist, you should phone your GP.
It is also important to remember that a course of antibiotics won’t help your cold or flu. Cold and flu are viruses and antibiotics are useless against them.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 14 days from when your symptoms started - read the public health guidance setting out what you should do if you experience such symptoms.
Your wellbeing is the College’s first priority. Please do not let any concerns about your work or studies stop you taking this advice.
I am anxious about COVID-19 - what support is available?
We understand this news will cause concern and anxiety among our students, staff, and the wider community.
Our immediate concerns are for the affected student and family, along with the continued health and wellbeing of our staff and students.
We are working closely the Public Health Agency, who are responsible for taking the lead in any public health issue of this nature.
We are also signposting staff and students to regular updates from PHA. There are a number of support services available which can be accessed via the Student Support and Engagement Team.
If you are a student concerned as a result of COVID-19, please contact Free Confidential and Immediate Support 24/7 on 0800 389 5362 or email
email@example.com or via the Inspire Hub on inspiresupporthub.org/students
I have contacted the NHS 111 helpline and have been advised to self-isolate - what do I need to do?
The Public Health Agency has provided advice on self-isolation. Read the advice on the Public Health website here and on gov.uk here.
I am worried about the information circulating on social media, what should I do?
You should only refer to the latest guidance from the Public Health Agency, and other official authorities. The accuracy of information circulating on social media can not be verified and we ask all members of the SWC's community to remain calm and follow the official advice only.
Please do not contribute to the circulation or sharing of rumour on social media as this is unhelpful and causes unnecessary anxiety.