Coronavirus
Test & protect

Test & Protect

Test and Protect is Scotland's approach to preventing the spread of coronavirus – Covid-19 in the community. It will prevent the spread of coronavirus by:

  • identifying cases of coronavirus through testing
  • tracing the people who may have become infected by spending time in close contact with them
  • supporting those close contacts to self-isolate, so that if they have the disease, they are less likely to transmit it to others 

Testing

If you have either:

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

Note: A new, continuous cough means coughing for longer than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual.

You must self-isolate and request a test for coronavirus by the NHS Test and Protect Service right away. To be tested, you or your household member should:

  • be displaying the above symptoms
  • be aged 5 or over

There are several ways to be tested including drive-through and by post. Your options will be explained when you contact them. Visit the NHS Inform website or call 0800 028 2816 if you cannot get online. A testing site in Glasgow city centre is now open.  

If you develop symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and stay home for 7 days. Others in your household should stay home for 14 days in case they develop symptoms.

Tracing

Contact tracing is a process for identifying people who are at risk of coronavirus infection because they have had enough contact with a person who has tested positive and maybe infected. NHS Scotland will ask you for help contacting anyone you have had close, recent contact with. These people will be defined as a Close Contact and will be advised they may be at risk and requested they do not leave home for 14 days and will be offered a test if appropriate. Contract tracing is a well-established public health intervention and is part of Scotland’s Test and Protect approach to containing and preventing the spread of coronavirus – Covid-19.

If you receive a positive Covid-19 test result, or have been asked by the NHS to self-isolate, or you are displaying symptoms, please notify us via the Covid-19 Notifications Webform. If you are notifying on behalf of someone else, or have an enquiry in relation to notification please contact covidnotifications@strath.ac.uk

Covid-19: Tracking Attendance

To keep track of who is in the room for face-to-face teaching events, we are using QR codes to monitor who is in attendance at all scheduled on campus teaching events.

Test & protect app

The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus. And if you test positive, it can help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed while keeping your information private and anonymous.

Scotland's test and protect app is available to download on Google Play and App store.

Close contacts 

A close contact is someone who has been near someone with coronavirus and could be infected. Close contacts may have been near the infected person at some point in the 48 hours before their symptoms appeared, or at any time since symptoms appeared. Being near someone means: 

  • within 1 metre (3 feet) of them for any length of time (face- to- face contact)
  • Within 2 metres (6 feet) of them for 15 minutes or more.

The closer and longer the contact the higher the risk. Close contacts will be identified by someone from the NHS Scotland contact tracing team. You may not be told who identified you as a close contact unless that person has given NHS Scotland clear permission to share that information. If you have been identified as a close contact, you will be asked to self –isolate, whether or not you have symptoms, for 14 days.

If you develop symptoms you should request a test (see Testing).

If you are the only member in your household who has been identified as a close contact, the other members of your household do not need to self-isolate unless they have symptoms. You should try to isolate from them as much as possible and follow the standard hygiene advice for coronavirus. If you develop symptoms, the rest of the household should isolate. 

Self-isolating

This means you must self-isolate at home, unless you need emergency hospital treatment, until you have been tested and told it is safe for you to leave home.

You should not come onto Campus to work or to access equipment.

If you have been asked to self-isolate but feel well enough to continue working, you should do so. Please alert your line manager that you are self-isolating and also in the event that you become unwell. If you are unwell and cannot work, you will be entitled to sick pay and should complete the University self-certification form and NHS self-isolation note. Please refer to university policy.

Self-isolating from people in your household

Where possible:

  • stay 2 metres away from anyone you live with 
  • stay in a different room and ensure it is well ventilated 
  • sleep alone in a separate bed 
  • minimise time spent in shared areas such as the sitting room, kitchen or bathroom 
  • avoid using the kitchen while others are in it 
  • use a separate towel 
  • clean the kitchen, bathroom and surfaces throughout the home every day 
  • follow hygiene advice for coronavirus, wash hands with soap for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol, cough or sneeze into a handkerchief and bin it, or into the crook of your elbow and avoid touching your face

Have a plan in case you are asked to isolate immediately

  • have a good supply of medication and other essentials 
  • have contact details for someone who can help while you self-isolate, for example with food shopping 
  • set up an on-line food shopping account 
  • make alternative plans for anyone you provide care or support to, like family members or friends 
  • familiarise yourself with information and support available to you while you are in isolation