COVID-19 Key Information

Some common symptoms of the COVID-19 disease include:

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

Please use the NHS link to understand your symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms, please self isolate and arrange to get a test by doing the following:

(1) Call Addenbrooke’s Hospital Occupational Health on +44 (0)1223 216767 (08:30 to 16:30 Mon-Fri), stating that you wish to be tested as part of the University of Cambridge’s testing programme. A nurse will discuss your symptoms and, in most cases, book you a PCR test. You will be offered a test at one of two locations: The S2 Pods at Addenbrooke’s Hospital or at the Pod outside the Dyson Building, Department of Engineering, Fen Causeway entrance (The link to the University website contains the maps to these locations).

(2)Inform the Porter’s lodge by telephone +44 (0)1223338800 (please don’t go in-person)

(3)Self-isolate in your home and follow the quarantine advice for household contacts (anyone with whom you share bathroom, toilet and/or kitchen)

Furthermore, as part of the University of Cambridge, you have access to the University testing service. In addition, if you are living in college accomodation, you are strongly encouraged to participate in the Weekly asymptomatic screening programme for COVID-19 (offered to both undergraduates and postgraduates) to contain community spread.

NHS Track and Trace

The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from coronavirus. The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy.

We recommend that you download the app to keep you and others safe.

The following section aims at providing information about the current COVID 19 rules and restrictions in place.

Please use the following links to get more acquainted with the current situation and measures taken by the UK government, University of Cambridge and Sidney Sussex college.

How to effectively stay in a shared household during the current conditions?

Most of the MCR community will have shared residences (either private or college provided). Please refer to this link for information (from the government) on how to effectively stay in shared households and what to do in case you or someone in your household has symptoms and is awaiting a test result or a confirmed positive test result. The NHS link also contains useful information on how to share households safely while ensuring the safety of everyone.