Cardiff Digs: COVID-19

Covid 19

March 2020, marked the start of the most significant change to how we live, work and study in recent history due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you have questions relating specifically to your university, Cardiff UniversityCardiff Metropolitan University and University of South Wales have specific webpages to keep you up to date.

Here in Wales, the rules in place to stop the spread on Covid-19 are set by Welsh Government and can vary from other areas in the United Kingdom.

The rules are reviewed and updated regularly so it is important for us all to make sure we are up to date.

You can read about the current rules here.

We all have a shared responsibility to keep everyone in the community safe and stop the spread. The best way to do this is to maintain social distancing and keep 2 meters away from others who are not part your household, regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and to self-isolate and get test if you become symptomatic.

You could also download the NHS Covid-19 app from the Play or App store. The app provides information on symptoms, allows you to book a test and supports the contact tracing system by alerting you if you should self-isolate. You can find more details about how the app works on the Welsh Government website.

We recommend planning ahead in case you are told to self-isolate in the future.  Identify some self-isolation “buddies” who can keep in touch with you and bring you supplies if you become ill or are asked to isolate.

Wales has published health and lifestyle guidance which can be accessed here along with frequently asked questions.

Let’s work together to Keep Wales Safe.

The symptoms of Covid-19 are:
• A high temperature (fever)
• A new continuous cough
• A loss of smell or taste.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you must self-isolate immediately and book a test appointment.

You must tell those that you share accommodation with if you are self-isolating. 

People living in shared accommodation during the coronavirus pandemic are treated as a single household. This is for health protection purposes. This means that if anyone living in your shared accommodation who you share facilities with has coronavirus symptoms or needs to self-isolate, you all need to self-isolate.

If you are self-isolating, let your university know so that they can give you information about the wellbeing services they have in place.

Mental health and wellbeing support

This is a very difficult time for students and whether you are self-isolating or staying home to Keep Wales Safe, services are available to provide mental health support. If you are struggling, please reach out. You can find out more about University and NHS wellbeing support services here.

Student Space is a support website from mental health charity, Student Minds. It offers advice, information and support services for students, particular to the circumstances of the pandemic.

Food Deliveries

Most UK supermarkets have a home delivery service, but demand can be high, so it is sensible to plan an order in advance.  Here is a list of supermarkets offering home delivery.

If you have friends or have arranged a self-isolation buddy who can shop on your behalf, the Welsh Government has provided some information on payment options for shopping at the different supermarkets.

Cardiff has a wide range of takeaway food delivery options that can be ordered using apps such as Just Eat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats.  Some of these delivery services also offer grocery delivery.

The Council’s Volunteer Cardiff website also lists local groups, businesses and supermarkets that can offer support such as food delivery.

Just remember: If you are isolating and ordering food for home delivery, you must let the company know that you are self-isolating in the delivery notes. The driver will leave the delivery at your front door or at the entrance of your building for collection.  If a friend is delivering your supplies, they must also leave the delivery outside and not go inside for a visit.

When retrieving your delivery, be sure to maintain 2m distancing at all times, wear a face covering and wash your hands before and after collecting your delivery.

Students living in private rented accommodation may have questions relating to their housing situation.  Welsh Government has brought in emergency legislation to protect tenants and landlords during this period of change.  For up to date information relating to rented accommodation and Covid-19, please visit the Welsh Government guidance.

If you have already signed a tenancy agreement for a privately rented home for the 2020/21 academic year, and you have questions about that agreement or your circumstances, our partners in University Housing have put together this information to assist you.

If you are moving into your student home for the new term, take a look at our Moving In Checklist to help you get organised.

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