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.
You should be aware that some students will arrive at the University already knowing that they are in one of these categories, whilst others may fall into these categories whilst living on campus.
Sharing with someone who’s at higher risk from COVID-19
If you have a flatmate who is at higher risk, here are some extra things you can do:
- Spend as little time as possible in shared rooms, for example, the kitchen and sitting areas
- Keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from the person who's at high risk – avoid sharing a bed, if possible
- Practise enhanced hand-washing
- Always use separate towels, including hand towels and tea towels
- Avoid sharing cutlery, dishes and pans
- Clean a shared surfaces each time you use it, for example, by wiping the surfaces you have touched
- Clean objects and surfaces you touch often (such as door handles, kettles and phones) using your usual cleaning products
- Open windows to let fresh air into shared spaces and wedge doors open to avoid using handles more than necessary, but please be mindful of security and ensure your room and your flat is locked when you are not there
If you fall into these categories, we strongly encourage you to share information with the relevant services. If you have a disability, you are encouraged to liaise with the Disability Team and Warwick Accommodation at application stage and with the Residential Life Team on arrival, so that the University can put appropriate reasonable adjustments in place for you.
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).
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 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
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.
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.
You are encouraged to be proactive about seeking appropriate support from these sources, as well as from the Residential Life Team and our Campus Security team who operate 24 hours a day, every day.