Coronavirus (Covid-19): Latest updates and information
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Coronavirus/COVID-19

On this page you will find a list of resources, guidance, and sources of support amid concerns about the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 and the implementation of home working.

You can find current advice for staff and students around Coronavirus/COVID-19 and sources of support to help you stay healthy during COVID-19 on the Staff Wellbeing Hub. You can also find an explanation of the three-tier rules on the Age UK website here.

Please also follow NHS advice and Government guidance for up-to-date information as the situation continues to develop.

Below you can find information about:

 

General ED&I-Related Resources

Find below links to internal and external resources and sources of support relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19 and ED&I issues:

 

Caring

Find below links to internal and external resources and sources of support relating to caring:

 

Disability

Find below links to internal and external resources and sources of support relating to disability:

Accessibility Support for Microsoft Teams

You can find and an accessibility overview of Microsoft Teams here, including:

For further questions, contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk.

 

Domestic Abuse

Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of National Domestic Abuse charity Refuge has said:

"1.6 million women experienced domestic abuse last year, and self-isolation has the potential to aggravate pre-existing abusive behaviours by perpetrators. While in lockdown or self-isolation, women and children are likely to be spending concentrated periods of time with perpetrators, potentially escalating the threat of domestic abuse and further restricting their freedom".

Find below links to resources and sources of support if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse:

 

Health

Find below links to internal and external resources and sources of support relating to health issues:

 

LGBTUA+

Stonewall's LGBT in Britain - Health Report shows that LGBT people are at greater risk of marginalisation within crises such as the one we are now experiencing. LGBTUA+ people are also more likely to experience isolation, homelessness, mental health problems, and an array of other inequalities that make our community more vulnerable difficult times.

Find below links to internal and external resources and sources of support relating to LGBTUA+ issues:

 

Mental Health

Concerns about the spread of infection, sharing of misinformation, requirements to self-isolate, worry about hygiene and cleanliness, and the near constant updates on the COVID-19 situation can be overwhelming and cause problems for your wellbeing and mental health, especially for anyone with an existing condition such as anxiety, depression, or OCD. Please find below some tips for looking after your mental health during this time:

  • Turn off news notifications on your phone if you are finding them stressful or anxiety inducing. Instead, check for updates on a reliable website (such as NHS advice and Government guidance) for a specified amount of time each day.
  • Talk about how you are feeling with a trusted source of support. That might be a friend, colleague, family member, or emotional support service such as the Employee Assistance Programme or the Samaritans. If you are worried about your physical health call NHS 111.
  • Practice self-care; go for a walk, read a book, watch a film - do something you enjoy that will help distract your mind from worrying.
  • Take care of yourself, and in particular make sure you get a good night’s sleep, stay hydrated, and eat well.

Additional sources of information and support can be found at the links below:

 

Reporting Racism and Xenophobia

There have been multiple reports of incidents of xenophobic and racist violence across the UK, particularly against people of East Asian origin. Our Guiding Principles state that we do not tolerate discrimination, including racism, colourism, or xenophobia. We are proudly international and inclusive, and we are committed to providing an environment in which all of our students, staff, and visitors feel welcome, supported, and safe.

  • If you are a member of staff who has experienced unacceptable racist or xenophobic behaviours, use the Dignity at Warwick process to report your concerns using the anonymous online reporting form or request to speak to a Dignity Contact.
  • If you are a student who has experienced a hate crime, please see the Wellbeing Support Services Hate Crime Prevention and Support webpage.

All members of the Warwick community should note that the wearing of face masks for infection protection is much more common in some cultures and jurisdictions, as well as for those who may be immunocompromised, and is not necessarily an indicator that that person is themselves infectious.

Additional sources of information and support can be found at the links below:

  • Victim Support. You can also call their 24-hour helpline on 0808 1689 111.
  • Stop Hate. You can also call their 24-hour helpline on 0800 138 1625.
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Viral Podcast - Viruses don’t discriminate. This episode includes interviews with LSHTM statistician Edmond Ng and Jabez Lam from Hackney Chinese Community Services about the experiences of London’s Chinese community, LSHTM student Kazuki Shimizu about the situation in Japan, and LSHTM social scientist Leesa Lin about the evidence on discrimination and disease outbreaks.
  • SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality).
  • Black Minds Matter.
  • Nafsiyat - a pioneering charity offering intercultural therapy in over 20 languages to people from diverse cultural communities.

 

Working from Home

Working from home can be difficult for many people, there may be practical considerations (how to get access to your files, how to focus on work when you have children at home) and concerns about wellbeing (feelings of isolation or loneliness without physical connections to colleagues, especially for those who live alone).

Please find below some tips on working from home:

  • Find the right place to work – make sure you are comfortable, have access to everything that you need, and won’t be distracted.
  • Recognise when you are most productive and schedule work activities accordingly, e.g. if you are more productive first thing in the morning, use this for focused work, and do phone calls etc. in the afternoon.
  • Create a routine to get in and out of work mode.
  • Stay connected by inviting a colleague for a virtual coffee break. You could plan a phone call or chat using Microsoft Teams. You can find a quick start guide to Teams here , and step-by-step guidance on joining a meeting in Teams or scheduling a meeting in Teams.

Find below links to internal and external resources and sources of support relating to working from home: