Stay safe against Covid-19 this Autumn

We've put together an article to help you stay #CovidConscious and stay calm this Autumn with Covid-19 still around.

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Looking at the news around Covid-19, the data is showing that there is currently (November 10th 2021) an increase in cases and an increase in the number of deaths each day in England.

We understand that this might feel stressful, but there are still lots of things you can do to protect yourself and others from the virus. We're also going to bust some Covid-19 myths.

Regular testing

The University of Greenwich is recommending that all staff and students continue to take a Covid-19 symptom free (LFD) test twice a week with 3-4 days between tests. 

When we spot the virus early through testing, we can reduce the number of interactions we have with others and stop the spread.

You can pick up a home test kit from the Students’ Union receptions at Greenwich and Avery Hill.

You can also order them from the Government’s website.

Useful links:

Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

How to collect/order a Covid Home Test Kit | Articles | University of Greenwich

Myth busted: If you've had a negative symptomatic PCR test (e.g. to enter the country), you still need to keep testing regularly. A negative PCR test only shows that you are negative at the time of testing, you can pick the virus up soon after!

Local information

The good news is that Greenwich has a much lower case per 100,000 people than the England average. Avery Hill is lower still and Medway is like Greenwich in case rates. Cases are around ~200 per 100,000 for the three areas. 

Myth busted: You can check case numbers for yourself on this website: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk

Good habits

If we also continue to wear a mask, wash hands for 20 seconds or more, keep a social distance, use well-ventilated spaces, and use hand santiser before eating and after travel, we can reduce the risk of catching the virus.

Myth busted: Some of our spaces are really busy on campus, but there are under-used facilities during the day including the Lower Deck, and we have rooms in Dreadnought that can be booked by groups for studying. 

Get vaccinated

68% of people (12+) in Greenwich Town & Park have had their first dose of the vaccine and 62.3% have had the second dose. 70% have their first dose in Avery Hill and 64% have had their second. Chatham Maritime is the best with 74% having their first dose and 66% with their second.

We can help increase the number vaccinated in the area by booking our vaccine now. Plus, those eligible can get a Covid-19 booster vaccine. This includes those frontline health and social care workers, people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from Covid-19, people with a health condition that puts them at high risk from getting seriously ill from Covid-19, and people who live with someone who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Myth busted: International students can get vaccinated here in England.

Covid-safe Charter

The University’s Covid Safe Charter exists to support us all with Covid-19. Greenwich Students’ Union has committed to supporting this. You can read the Charter online. COVID CHARTER (gre.ac.uk)

If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed by Covid-19 please get in touch with our Advice Service: Advice Contact Form (greenwichsu.co.uk)

 

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