COVID-19 symptoms and testing
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), as outlined below, you must get a test as soon as possible and stay at home until you get the result.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature);
- a new, continuous cough – this means 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);
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. For further information please visit the NHS website.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms (listed above) of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
- Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test (or request a home test kit – see below).
Anyone you live with must also stay at home until you get your result.
Further information about self-isolating is available on the government website.
How to get a test
If you have symptoms, you can have a swab test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19). You can choose to take the test:
- with a home test kit; or
- at a test site (the closest permanent centre to Reading currently is in Newbury)
Get a test to check if you have coronavirus
What to do if you have a positive test result
If you receive a positive test result for COVID-19 you must:
- Follow all government advice to self-isolate (stay at home)
- Follow all instructions from the NHS and engage with the Test & Trace system (including advising Test & Trace that you are connected to the University)
- Notify the University using our online form
- Report your absence to your School in the usual way (contact your Support Centre or Henley Helpdesk if you’re not sure how to do this)
- If you live in University halls, use the Home at Halls app to notify the team so they can support you
- Let all members of your household know, as they will need to self-isolate in line with government advice