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Symptoms and testing


Take a look at the COVID-19 infographic.

The most prevalent symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • A high temperature? You might feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature) 
  • A new, continuous cough? This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or 4 more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) 
  • Or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste? This means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal. 

If you have any of these symptoms, you should immediately self-isolate and book a test via the University testing centre. You will only be able to get a test if you have symptoms.

Test results and actions

1. Negative test result –  return to study and/or work if you feel ok to do so.

2. Positive test result –  continue to self-isolate for 10 days from the day the symptoms developed. Once the 10 day mark has passed and the individual has not had a high temperature for 48 hours, they can return to work/study.

Those classed as ‘close contacts’ will need to be informed that someone they have been in contact with has tested positive. If you are following the guidance we have on face masks, hygiene and social distancing, this is not considered as close contact. A ‘close contact’ is an individual who:

  • spends significant time in the same household as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • is a sexual partner of someone who has tested positive
  • has been within 2 metres of someone, for more than 15 minutes, who has tested positive
  • has been within 1 metre of someone who has tested positive for more than one minute
  • has had face-to-face contact (within one metre) of someone who has tested positive, including being coughed on
  • has had skin-to-skin physical contact with someone who has tested positive
  • has travelled in a small vehicle with someone who has tested positive or sat near someone who has tested positive in a large vehicle or plane

Close contacts should self-isolate for 10 days and only book a test if they develop symptoms. At the current time, testing for those who are asymptomatic is not possible.

  • Those people who have been in contact but not defined as close contact should simply monitor their health.  

Booking a COVID-19 test

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can book a test quickly and easily at the University’s COVID test centre on the University of Liverpool campus.

It is open 9am – 5pm every day. The tests will be conducted using self-swabbing and you will be supported by Brownlow Medical Group staff who will provide information and guidance on site. 

Test results are being processed by Liverpool Clinical Laboratories and will be available by text message within 24 – 72 hours.

Testing is being provided for staff and students to enhance local NHS testing capacity and results will automatically feed through to your GP and Public Health England, as well as to LJMU.

If you are a student, it is important that you register with a GP in Liverpool as soon as you arrive to support this process. You should register with a GP near to your term-time address.  

Access the booking form

Please be aware that the COVID-19 testing is hosted by the University of Liverpool, do not call the numbers listed on their website for assistance.

If you have difficulties booking online because of a disability, you can book a test by calling 0151 231 3668.  

You will need your staff or student ID number handy in the booking process (you can find this on your staff or student card). 

Try to make a list of everyone you have been in close contact within the 48 hours before your symptoms started. This will be really important for containing the spread of the virus if you test positive. A contact is defined as anybody who you have been in contact with for one minute or longer and within a distance of a metre or less, or for 15 minutes or longer and within a distance of two metres. 

You will find the COVID Test Centre opposite building 502 next to the Peach Street car park, see grid E6 on the University of Liverpool campus map.

LJMU students are being advised to utilise the testing centres at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool at the Albert Dock, next to the M&S Bank Arena or the Liverpool Tennis Centre. No appointment is necessary and the centres are open from 7am to 7pm, seven days per week. There are alternative test centres, find out more.