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Managing the virus and taking precautions

Updated: 10 January 2021

The health and safety of our community is our priority. Our measures, include regular testing, hygiene, cleaning and the compulsory use of face coverings inside our buildings unless exempt. These measures are designed and implemented to minimise the likelihood of transmission even in the instance of a positive case. We also encourage students and staff to have the COVID vaccination when they are eligible to.

We are prepared to respond rapidly to implement additional and appropriate measures where necessary and in the instance of suspected or confirmed cases, working closely with the UK Security Health Agency (UKHSA) and local health protection teams. The privacy of our staff and students is at the forefront, and in line with data protection, we will never disclose an individual’s details. 

We will remain agile and act quickly as part of measures to help protect our King’s community, including remote working and learning away from campus at short notice if required.

The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are the recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in your normal sense of taste or smell

If you experience any coronavirus symptoms, even if they are mild, you must follow government guidelines on self-isolation and quarantine. Do not come to campus and complete the King’s self-isolation form so we can support you

If you have been in close contact (within 2 metres) of someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 and you are not fully vaccinated, or if you are notified by NHS Test and Trace or King's university or King's Residences or your close contact you will need to self-isolate. Please see the government guidance for contacts. See also: Coronavirus Contact Tracing Privacy Notice.

Please note: If you have been in close contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 and you are fully vaccinated with a UK approved vaccine you do not need to self-isolate. You are advised take a PCR test - including KCL TEST - to confirm you are negative for COVID.

Suspected or Confirmed Cases

For more information on the questions below and for additional guidance, please refer to the Suspected or Confirmed Case Detailed Guidance on SharePoint, which contains step-by-step, detailed instructions.