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Clinically vulnerable students

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 one of these categories and so this page provides guidance for you.

Roadmap out of lockdown

People at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) from coronavirus are no longer advised to stay at home (shield). Although the advice to shield has ended, clinically extremely vulnerable and clinically vulnerable people must continue to follow the rules that are in place for everyone to help stay safe. The government are also advising clinically extremely vulnerable people to continue to take extra precautions to protect themselves. View the extra precautions in the guidance on the website.

You can also find out the latest information about Teaching and Learning for term 3.

High Risk (clinically extremely vulnerable)

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 particularly stringent with social distancing and other advice:

- 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. It may be helpful to agree a kitchen rota so you have an agreed time to access the kitchen space. If you can, take your meals back to your room to eat as this will minimise the time spent in the kitchen – particularly around mealtimes when the kitchen may be in general demand. Clean and dry used utensils, crockery and cutlery with your usual washing-up liquid and water, and dry them thoroughly. Remember to use your own tea towel to dry-up. You might wish to keep your regularly used clean utensils, crockery and cutlery stored away in your study bedroom if you don’t want others to share them.

  • 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

Moderate Risk (clinically vulnerable)

If you are at moderate risk from COVID-19, it is very important that you follow the advice on social distancing.


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.

Please explore the support available to Warwick students.

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