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About self-isolation

Please find the latest information for students about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how St Catharine’s College is responding to help limit the spread of infections. If you have any concerns not covered by these FAQs, please contact covid19@caths.cam.ac.uk.

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is when you stay at home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps stop the virus spreading to other people.

While this advice does not preclude people who are self-isolating from leaving their home for exercise once per day, the College community reasonably expects that students with symptoms will remain indoors to minimise the risk of infection to those around them.

Do I need to self-isolate?

If you experience symptoms, please follow the advice below:

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Diagram/Scenario 1

 If you have no symptoms but get a positive result from a lateral flow test (LFT), please follow the advice below:

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Diagram/Scenario 2

If you have no symptoms but get a positive result from the University's Asymptomatic Screening Programme, please follow the advice below:

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Diagram/Scenario 3

If you are self-isolating due to scenarios 1–3, please follow the advice below:

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Diagram/Scenario 4

If you have a confirmed case/symptomatic person in your household OR you are confirmed as a close contact by the NHS/University, please follow the advice below:

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Diagram/Scenario 5

If you are a possible close contact of someone not in your household (2 days before they had a positive test or up to 10 days after), please follow the advice below:

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Diagram/Scenario 6

The above diagrams are available to download in PDF format, which may be helpful for users with screen-readers.

Where can I self-isolate?

If you need to self-isolate while you are in Cambridge, you must return to your room in College or private accommodation immediately. Please contact the College on covid19@caths.cam.ac.uk if you need any support during the isolation period.

You may not leave unless in an emergency or other certain circumstances. This is to avoid you passing the virus on to others, even if you don’t have symptoms. 

How long do I need to self-isolate for?

Please follow to the steps in the flow diagrams above and refer to the latest official information for anyone self-isolating, which includes practical advice on a range of topics such as laundry arrangements.

If you are unsure about whether you should be self-isolating, please contact covid19@caths.cam.ac.uk.

What is a household for the purposes of self-isolation arrangements in College?

Students who need to remain in College accommodation and share facilities, such as a kitchen, should be prepared that a household-wide self-isolation period of 10 days may affect everyone who uses the same facilities. 

If your accommodation involves sharing facilities, you will receive advice from the College about who you should consider to be part of your ‘household’ for the purposes of following public health guidance on self-isolation. Please let us know if you think this group should be different for any reason.

What support is available for students during self-isolation in Cambridge?

For self-isolating students, whether living in College or in private accommodation, the College will aim to provide medical, pastoral and academic assistance. We expect that the experience of students required to self-isolate in Cambridge will be improved if we are able to involve volunteers from our community as Self-Isolation Supporters (SIS). The College is in the process of planning and implementing a support network of students, arranged by household, across College accommodation.

If there is a fire/evacuation and I am self-isolating, what should I do?

Please evaluate based on the College’s normal procedures, while keeping 2m apart from anyone not in your household.

If there is a fault in my room or household (e.g. tap stops working, electricity goes out, wifi stops) and we are self-isolating, should we send in a maintenance ticket?

Report any maintenance issues immediately at maintenance.caths.cam.ac.uk. If there is an immediate risk of harm (e.g. electrocution), move away from the hazard and contact the Porters’ Lodge. Maintenance will arrange with you when they can gain access to rectify the fault and will ask that you move to another area in your household while they do so.

How do I safely dispose of used tissues if I have COVID-19 symptoms and am self-isolating?

During self-isolation, please dispose of used tissues in your bedroom bin. Double-bag your waste and leave outside your bedroom door for collection by Housekeeping on their next visit.

How can I get things printed / check my mail / borrow books from the library if I am self-isolating?

Please contact the Library team on library@caths.cam.ac.uk if you cannot visit because you are self-isolating and they will try to arrange for books to be brought to you. You should discuss any printing, mail or similar errands with your designated Self-Isolation Supporter(s).