What support will be available to protect my health and safety in the UK?
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) regularly publishes papers outlining the scientific advice provided to the government. UK Government and governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are adhering closely to this guidance, and the advice will change to match the level of the threat. In doing so, the UK’s top priority remains the health and safety of all UK nationals and overseas nationals in the UK, including international higher education students in the UK.
More information about scientific evidence relating to Covid-19 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-scientific-evidence-supporting-the-uk-government-response
Our amazing National Health Service (NHS) has taken care of people from around the world during this global pandemic and will continue to do so. In addition to support from their universities, NHS services are available to both domestic and international students. No charges apply to testing for Covid-19, even if the result is negative, or to any treatment provided in relation to Covid-19 if the result is positive or up to the point that it is negatively diagnosed. International students will always be able to access treatment that clinicians consider is immediately necessary or urgent at no upfront cost.
The NHS can also provide international students with specific Covid-19 advice through a new Covid-19 online service https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or by calling 111.
The UK government has published the essential health and safety requirements that apply to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used in the UK, and clear guidance on appropriate PPE, which is consistent with World Health Organization (WHO) guidance for protecting from Covid-19. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-personal-protective-equipment-ppe
It is now a legal requirement to wear a face covering on public transport in England and across the UK you are encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport for the majority of passengers in Scotland from 22 June 2020. Face coverings do not replace social distancing, where this is possible, and individuals, and their households, should follow advice on self-isolation if they do have symptoms of Covid-19.
Further information on face coverings, and other advice on how to stay safe in the UK, can be found online here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home
Government advice regarding face coverings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering
The latest from the Scottish Government can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Source: UK Government
Correct as at 29.6.2020