How to Stay Coronavirus (Covid-19) Safe at University

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You’ve waited for this moment since first opening a school book. University is an enjoyable, enriching and exciting time in your early-adult years. Unfortunately, the whole world is taking on one of the biggest healthcare challenges it’s ever faced. We’re all in it together to keep our family and new-found-friends safe.

Deadlines, pre-drink plans, takeaway orders and arguments about who left a dirty pan in the sink should be the only worries you deserve to face right now. It’s strange times for everyone, but thankfully a vaccine is being rolled-out now and clubbing in Spring is looking like a real possibility – who’d have thought we’d be able to say that just a few months ago?

Here are five ways you can help keep yourself and those around you healthy at university during the coronavirus pandemic.

Respect Your Social Bubble

You’ve already met your new student family after most of you left home for the very first time in September.

Your mum, dad, brother, sister or whoever, are still only a phone call away, but the people you’ll be seeing most now are your new housemates.

Treat each other with respect and compassion. You’re all in the same situation and supporting each other is the best way to get through this.

Feeling anxious about another housemate’s behaviour? Let them know. Understand each other and respect space and hygiene. Don’t bring others into your social bubble. For now, this is your family and you have to protect it.

Nightlife

Although how tempting it must be: house parties aren’t the one right now. As you’ve probably noticed, university halls and shared accommodations have upped security presence for this year. It’s not the fun police. They’re there to help.

In most areas, bars, restaurants and clubs are currently closed under strict government guidelines.

But there are still safe ways to socialise. Why not spend your free time exploring the many outdoor spaces your new student place has to offer? Or even gather your bubble and take on a new hobby together.

Things will get back to normal at some point, but for now: this is the new normal. Again, it won’t be forever.

Controlling Coronavirus

It’s hard to listen to the same thing, day-in-day-out. But it’s the most important point to take away. Hygiene at university might be unchartered territory for some people leaving home for the first time, but we know that’s not you, right?

Keep your room clean and tidy and respect communal spaces. A rota is a good way to make sure everyone helps-out, but still leave shared utensils and spaces spotless after using.

When you’re out-and-about, clean or sanitise your hands when possible. Also wear a mask in public places, don’t listen to any tin-foil hat driven Facebook posts, please. Wash your hands thoroughly once you get home.

Symptoms? Get Tested

No matter what precautions we take, the virus can still get us. Refer to government coronavirus guidelines and find your nearest test centre. Be sure to not take public transport on the way there and keep a distance from your housemates until the results are back.

If you or a housemate tests positive for coronavirus, self-isolate for at least 10 to 14 days. It’s not ideal, no, but if you do have to stay in your room for two weeks, keep plenty of fluids nearby and get plenty of rest. When you do start to feel better, use the isolation to get a head start on some of those deadlines… or find something new to binge on Netflix. We won’t tell your tutor.

Freshers’ Week

The first seven days of your student life is usually filled with long nights, strong drinks and bad decisions. Freshers’ Week is a rite of passage – and you only get one. Make the most of it.

This year was a bit different. We all wanted to get out on the dancefloors with our legs wrapped around a podium pole (or a significant other). That will happen, it’s just going to be a little later than usual.

The UV Neon Rave, Battle Of The Unis clash and city wristband weeks have become a party staple for thousands of fresh-faced university students across their towns and cities. They’ve had to be postponed until 2021, but imagine the scenes when we are allowed to do our Freshers’ Week properly? We promise it’s worth the wait, but we can’t promise that tickets won’t fly when restrictions are dropped. Don’t miss out.

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