Coronavirus (COVID-19) can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher. The UK government has defined two levels of higher risk:
We are aware that some students will be in either of these categories and this page gives guidance for students in these categories. This guidance has been updated in the light of the current national lockdown from 5 January 2021.
On 5 January the country moved into a national lockdown. The guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people has been reinstated.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus – that is, people with specific serious health conditions he government advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people is to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend health appointments. You may wish to meet up with one other person from outside your household or support bubble, for example, to exercise in an outdoor public place, but we suggest that you always try to do so as safely as possible. Please follow the guidance set out in the shielding section of the CEV guidance.
Expert doctors in England have identified specific medical conditions that, based on what we know about the virus so far, place someone at greatest risk of severe illness from Covid-19.
What do you need to do if you fall into this High Risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) category?
- Strictly avoid contact with someone who has symptoms
- You need to be extra stringent re. social distancing and other advice
- Stay at home at all times (shielding)
- Shopping – (we advise you to shop online, and arrange delivery ). Speak to your resident tutor to find out more about these arrangements.
- Medication – we advise you to arrange delivery
- Impact on teaching experience – your academic department will advise you about alternative teaching, where appropriate
- If you share a kitchen with others, avoid using it while they are present. If you can, take your meals back to your room to eat. Clean and dry used crockery and cutlery using your usual washing-up liquid and water and dry them thoroughly. If you are using your own utensils, remember to use a separate tea towel for drying these
- If you need to use other shared facilities (laundry, lifts) avoid using them when others are present
- Clean surfaces before using them with your normal cleaning products
- Do not have any visitors unless they are providing essential care
If you are at moderate risk from COVID-19, it is very important that you follow the advice on social distancing.
This means you should stay at home as much as possible, but you can go out to study/ work (if you cannot study/ work from home) and for things like getting food and exercise.
If you fall into these categories, we strongly encourage you to share information with the relevant services such as the Disability Team, Warwick Accommodation and the Residential Life Team so that we can ensure you are aware of the support available.
We encourage you also to share as much information as you are comfortable with your flatmates, so that they have an understanding of your circumstances and can take this into consideration.
The Residential Life Team would be happy to help you facilitate such a conversation, if needed.
It is also important that you share relevant information about your circumstances with your academic department (personal tutor, supervisor or undergraduate/postgraduate office) to ensure any appropriate risk assessments can be conducted or/and alternative arrangements can be considered for your studies.