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COVID-19 Symptoms

Coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough, a change in your sense of smell/taste, or any other flu-like symptoms such as sore throat or muscle aches. Other symptoms that may affect some patients include aches and pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhoea, a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. The symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.

What to do if you develop symptoms at home:

  • Stay at home.
  • Inform your line manager immediately, your absence will be treated as sick leave.
  • If you are a University staff member, arrange a test as soon as possible.
  • Stay at home and self-isolate for at least ten days or until you receive further instructions following  your test.

What do if you display symptoms at work:

  1. If you are taken ill at the office you must inform your Head of Group / line manager immediately.
  2. Heads of Group must then email Carmyn De Jonge (, Hawa Newell-Sydique ( and David Coomes ( and tell us who has become ill.
  3. You must return home immediately. If you cannot do so you must isolate yourself in the Quiet Room, 3rd Floor until you are able to leave.
  4. Avoid touching anything, and wash your hands regularly. Use a separate bathroom from others if possible. Avoid using public transport to travel home, if possible.
  5. After returning home seek testing as soon as possible (please refer to next page for more information on COVID-19 testing available to University students and staff).
  6. In the event of a positive result the DAB will temporarily close for a deep clean and the CRI space will remained closed for 14 days.
  7. If you test positive for COVID-19 you must self-isolate for at least 10 days.
  8. CRI will comply with the requirement for employers to keep a record of staff working times and provide this data to the NHS Test and Trace service on request.
  9. If you test negative you will be asked to scan your test result to your Head of Group and asked not to return until 48 hours after your symptoms have disappeared.

COVID-19 Testing

The University offers swab tests to College and University staff and students, who have possible symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should arrange a test immediately.

When booking, you can select to take a test at one of two locations:

  • S2 Testing Pods, Addenbrooke's Hospital – 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. These pods are only accessible by car, or bike while wearing a mask. If you are already on the Biomedical Campus, you can access the pods on foot while wearing a mask.
  • Dyson Building, Department of Engineering, Fen Causeway entrance – 8.30am to 2.45pm, Monday to Friday. Accessible by bike or foot while wearing a mask. Access by car is possible but very limited.

If you develop symptoms after the closure of the Pod on Friday, or any time on Saturday or Sunday, or cannot access either of these two locations, you can arrange a test at an alternative location using the NHS website. 

Shared Households

If you live with someone who has coronavirus symptoms, but you remain well, you must remain at home for 14 days. Your line manager will explore with you whether you can work from home during this period. If working from home in your normal role is not possible you could be given alternative duties. If you go on to develop coronavirus, follow the advice on the previous page.

Suspected Cases

If you have had close contact with an individual with suspected coronavirus in a way that you consider may have put you at risk of exposure, you should return home and self-isolate for ten days or until a negative test result is confirmed for the person with whom you have had contact.

Track and Trace

From 28th May, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will be asked to share information about their recent interactions (in the previous 48 hours). This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact (less than 1 metre away), or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

COVID-19 Cases at University of Cambridge

Starting from 13 October, the University will be publishing weekly statistics of confirmed cases among staff and students. This will also include data from our asymptomatic screening programme. The publication of these statistics has been agreed by the University's Gold Covid Team and other key representatives from the Colleges. If Faculties, Departments or Colleges receive any queries about these statistics, including from the public or from news outlets, please refer them to the Office of External Affairs and Communications news team.