# Being prepared in case of self-isolation
There are a number of things you might want to think about now in case you need to self-isolate in the future. Have a look at our five points below so you can be prepared.
# Save useful contacts and links
If you are living in university accommodation, staff in your Halls will be able to provide support. Save contact details for your specific Hall so you have them to hand if you need them.
# Make a note of university support that will be available, including:
- Connections Matter – to stay connected and access support services
- Health and Wellbeing Portal - for welfare support
- Student Engagement Centre - for general help and for any queries
- Students’ union (CUSU) - for social and welfare support.
# Plan ahead
Familiarise yourself with when to self-isolate so you’re aware of what you need to do if the situation arises:
- If you feel unwell, you must stay at home and request a test from the NHS. For students in Coventry, a walk-through test centre has now opened near the Alison Gingell building making it quicker and easier to get tested if you have a booking.
- Know how to report your symptoms to the university – so we can contact you with further support.
- Make sure your university details are up to date on Solar, including your mobile.
- You will need to let your accommodation know as soon as you need to self-isolate – they will be there to support you by checking in daily, delivering meals and more. If you are in private accommodation, you can get regular check-ins from the Student Engagement Centre.
- Take a look at the Self-Isolation in Accommodation page on the website, which explains how self-isolation in Halls will work.
- You will also need to contact your Registry Team and let them know your course and module codes.
# Make sure you’re registered with a doctor and have the medication you need
Make sure you’ve registered with a local doctor – don’t wait until you feel unwell – register as soon as you can.
Have supplies to relieve COVID-19 symptoms, such as paracetamol ready in case you need them. If you have any other medication you take regularly, talk to your pharmacist or GP about ensuring you have enough to last if you were unable to get out for more supplies. Always read the label on any medication and be aware of products that have paracetamol or aspirin added to them.
The NHS has useful information about understanding and treating the symptoms of COVID-19 at home – take a look to familiarise yourself with what you should do.
# Get the essentials in
If you needed to self-isolate, you may not be able to go to the shops for two weeks and would need to wear a mask each time you leave your room. Some of the non-food items you may need to stock up on include:
- Face masks
- Hand sanitiser
- Anti-bacterial wipes.
You can order food deliveries if you’re self-isolating and you can still use your kitchen, though you should not use it at the same time as other people and you should eat your meals in your room. You will also need to clean kitchen surfaces before and after use and you shouldn’t share crockery, glasses or cutlery.
It might be helpful to have a supply of some essentials in with a long shelf life, such as:
- Breakfast cereal
- Pasta, rice, noodles
- Tinned soup, vegetables, fruit etc
- Long-life milk
- Some extra bottles of water.
# Be comfortable
If you need to stay in your room, you will want to be comfortable – for example, with clean, warm clothes and clean bed linen. Remember to keep in touch with friends and family, and if you have reported your symptoms with us, the Student Engagement Centre will check in with a call to you too. CUSU are always running virtual events if you feel up to joining in, but you will need to make sure you rest – watch some of your favourite films, TV shows, listen to podcasts or read magazines / books.