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When and how to self-isolate

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If you have symptoms or have tested positive, fill in our contact form and self-isolate. This helps us manage cases and offer support.

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Visit a walk-in site or pre-book your vaccination with Sheffield Hallam.

Covid-19 testing

Take regular tests and report the results

When and how to self-isolate

Self-isolating is when you do not leave your home to stop the spread of Covid-19. This page explains when and how you should self-isolate and the benefits of being double-vaccinated.

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If you test positive for Covid-19If you have Covid-19 symptomsIf you have contact with an infected personWhen you are not required to self-isolateHow to self-isolateProblems with self-isolationWorsening symptoms and health issues

If you test positive for Covid-19

If you test positive, you should:

If you have Covid-19 symptoms

Even if you have been vaccinated, if you develop symptoms you should:

If you have contact with an infected person

You will need to self-isolate if:

  • NHS Test and Trace or University CHART team confirms that you have had close contact with someone with Covid-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated (see below).
  • Follow the latest government guidance.

  • anyone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms, or has tested positive for Covid-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated (see below).
  • Follow the latest government guidance.

When you are not required to self-isolate

You won't need to self-isolate if you have had close contact with someone with Covid-19 if:

  • you are fully vaccinated (At least 2 weeks after your second vaccine)
  • you are below the age of 18 years 6 months
  • you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved Covid-19 vaccine trial
  • you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Even if you do not have symptoms, you will need to take a PCR test as soon as you can.

How to self-isolate

For as long as you are self-isolating, you should stay in your accommodation.

Do not leave for shopping, study, part-time work or socialising, and do not return to your family home.

Access wellbeing, study and lifestyle support.

Problems with self-isolation

If there are exceptional circumstances that prevent you from self-isolating, contact the Covid Help and Response Team at chart@shu.ac.uk who will refer you to your student support adviser.

If you feel unsafe or unable to self-isolate safely, we will try to provide short-term alternative accommodation.

Contact accommodation services at accommodation@shu.ac.uk.

Worsening symptoms and health issues

If you're worried about any medical situation, including worsening Covid-19 symptoms, use the NHS 111 Online service.

In emergency situations, call 999 and request an ambulance. NHS guidance is to use an ambulance instead of going straight to the hospital, wherever possible.

Related pages


Report a Covid-19 case

If you have symptoms or have tested positive, fill in our contact form and self-isolate. This helps us manage cases and offer support.

Report a case

Get vaccinated

Visit a walk-in site or pre-book your vaccination with Sheffield Hallam.

Covid-19 testing

Take regular tests and report the results

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