- Wash your hands regularly with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the tissue immediately. Alternatively cough or sneeze into your elbow
- Clean and disinfect ‘high touch’ objects and surfaces regularly e.g. doorknobs and phone screens
- Avoid greetings that involve physical contact e.g. hand shaking
- Stay at home and away from others if you feel ill even if your symptoms are mild
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill
Please see https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public for further advice.
We are making sure that all BUE bathrooms are kept well stocked with soap, tissues and papers towels and are making sure hand sanitizer is available around the campus. We are also increasing cleaning of public places across the campus and in student accommodation following good hygiene practice.
Another important way to reduce the spread of the virus is to self-isolate for 14 days if you feel unwell, even if your symptoms are mild. If you have a fever (over 38 degrees), a persistent headache or a persistent cough it is recommended to stay at home and only seek medical advice if your symptoms become worse.
Practicing universal social distancing is critical to protecting everyone.
Social distancing means limiting the number of instances where community members are gathering in large groups and spending periods of time in close proximity with each other, for example in meetings or in restaurants and shops. Social distancing can help slow the potential transmission of the virus and limit exposure for all members of the community, especially those most vulnerable.
It is important to manage your mental as well as your physical health. The actions needed to contain the spread of Covid-19 can be distressing. Self-isolation and social distancing mean that normal activities that we all take for granted will have to stop for a while. The endless news, including fake news, on social media and elsewhere can be alarming and cause distress and anxiety.
The World Health Organisation has produced guidance on how to manage your mental health during this time https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_8
Good advice is to:
- Make sure you seek advice and updates regarding Covid-19 from trusted sources and limit the time you spend reading about the virus on social media and elsewhere. Be aware of ‘fake news’.
- Try and keep to a routine, even if working or studying at home or if you are self-isolating.
- Try to exercise and eat healthily.
- Maintain your social networks via the phone, email or social media to make sure you don’t become isolated