Monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms
It is your responsibility to check if you have symptoms of COVID-19 before you come to campus each day. If you have any symptoms, even very mild, you MUST NOT come to campus; instead you should self-isolate at home and seek medical advice.
If you fall ill while on campus, you should:
- Wear a face mask and leave campus
- Avoid contact with others and limit your movements
- Self-isolate and seek medical advice immediately – you can call the UNSW Health Service for advice
The main symptoms to look out for are fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell and loss of taste.
Other symptoms include runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite.
To speak with someone about your symptoms, call your doctor or the 24-hour National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.
Getting tested for COVID-19
NSW Health recommends that anyone with COVID-like symptoms should get tested, even if your symptoms are very mild. You can make an appointment for a COVID-19 test at the UNSW Health Service or a COVID-19 testing centre near you.
For the latest information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing visit the NSW Health website.
In the ACT if you have any Covid-like symptoms seek medical advice. You can get tested for COVID-19 if you have the following symptoms:
- Fever of 37.5 degrees or greater (or recent history of fever such as chills or night sweats)
- Respiratory infection (such as shortness of breath, cough, or sore throat).
For the latest information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing in the ACT visit the ACT Government Health website.
COVID-19 testing is fast and free and you do not need a medicare card. If you have been tested you must remain at home in self-isolation while awaiting the results. Even if you test negative, you must not come to campus until all your symptoms have resolved.
Notify us if you test positive for COVID-19
If you test positive for COVID-19 you must:
- Continue to self-isolate at home. (Do not come to campus)
- Notify us immediately by completing and submitting this form.
Notifying us will enable us to limit any contagion event on campus and support NSW Health with their contact tracing. We will not share this information with anyone else.
What to do if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19 and/or directed by health authorities to self-isolate
If you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive to COVID-19 and/or directed to self-isolate by health authorities or by the University DO NOT come to campus.
- If you live in UNSW student accommodation you must tell your accommodation provider - they will make necessary arrangements for your self-isolation if required.
- Other students can notify us by contacting the Nucleus: Student Hub
- Staff should notify their Manager or Supervisor and local HR team and discuss work-from-home or leave arrangements. More information on COVID-19 leave available to staff is on the HR Hub.
- If you are required to self-isolate you may only return to campus after 14 days self-isolation and when NSW Health confirms you can.
What to do if COVID-19 impacts your studies or work
If you are a student and your health, the need to get tested for COVID-19 or self-isolate impacts your studies and assessments you may be eligible to apply for Special Consideration. You should discuss options with your teacher or supervisor in the first instance. If you are feeling worried about your health or study you can also contact the Nucleus: Student Hub who can find you the support you need.
If you are staff and your health, the need to get tested or self-isolate impacts your work you should discuss options with your Manager or Supervisor and visit the HR Hub to see what COVID-19 leave may be available to you.
If you or a family member are in a higher risk group, you may wish to consider alternative working arrangements. You should discuss this with your Manager or Supervisor or seek advice from the HR Business Partnering Team. Further advice is also on the HR Hub.