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Return to Campus Guide: Covid Symptoms and Testing


On 1 April, access and guidance for Covid-19 testing changed in line with the Government's 'Living with Covid-19' guidance. Free universal testing is no longer available and Covid is now being treated in the same way as other infectious diseases, such as flu. Covid special leave has now also ended, so absence will be treated in the usual way. Therefore, we're providing the latest guidance below on testing, self-isolation and Covid special leave.


DMU staff and students no longer need to undertake twice weekly testing. As a result, free lateral flow test kits are no longer available. Most people in England are no longer advised to get tested but if you want to get tested you can buy one yourself - more information on testing can be found here.

Self-isolation guidance and special leave update

Although there is no legal requirement to self-isolate, the Government is still urging those who test positive (whether symptomatic or asymptomatic) to remain at home for five days before leaving isolation. We will be sharing further guidance with line managers soon on how to manage Covid-related sickness going forward.

Safety precautions

Covid-19 continues to affect the population so please continue to take steps to reduce the spread of the virus:

  1. Get vaccinated and be up to date with your booster dose(s).
  2. Let fresh air in if meeting others indoors or meet outside.
  3. Practice good hygiene:
    1. wash your hands
    2. cover your coughs and sneezes
    3. clean your surroundings frequently.
  4. Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed places where you come into contact with people you don't normally meet.

There is NHS guidance about the evolving symptoms of Covid-19 and what steps to take to protect other people if you are unwell with symptoms.

Thank you for continuing to follow safety measures and protecting our university community.