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Symptoms and testing

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) 
  • 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 or your local testing centre.

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. You will only be able to get a test at the University testing centre if you have symptoms.

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 (6 digits - you can find this on your staff or student card). 

Try to make a list of everyone you have been in close contact with in the 48 hours before your symptoms started. This will be really important for containing the spread of the virus if you test positive. A close contact is defined below.

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 Track and Trace COVID-19 Privacy Notice

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 – your self-isolation period includes from the day the symptoms started or the day you had the test if you did not have symptoms, and the next 10 full days. When your isolation has finished and you are feeling well and not showing any symptoms you can then return to work/study.

3. Close Contacts

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 1-2 metres of someone, for more than 15 minutes accumulatively in a day or 24hr period, 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. 

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

Asymptomatic testing - for those without symptoms 

To ensure that the virus is not unknowingly being transmitted widely, all students are encouraged to be tested before they travel to University and come on University premises – it is suggested you should be tested twice, 3-5 days apart, using the quicker SMART testing technology that has been deployed across the Liverpool City Region or your local asymptomatic test centre where available.

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, or one of the alternative test centres, find out more.