9 August 2022

Dear UNSW Global Students,

We are seeing a significant increase in the number of students and staff reporting illness due to colds, flu and COVID-19.

As we continue through winter, we urge everyone in our community to help keep you and those around you safe by following the behaviours below. 

Stay home if you are sick or a household contact 

  • You should get a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms and follow the NSW Health advice if you test positive.  
  • Please do not come to campus if you have symptoms, even if your COVID-19 test is negative.  
  • Please do not come to campus if you are considered to be a household contact

Wear a mask indoors on campus 
The strong recommendation from NSW Health is that we should all be wearing masks indoors, especially if we cannot physically distance. We strongly encourage you to wear a mask when inside – including in classrooms, labs, meeting rooms and communal spaces. Remember that masks on public transport remain mandatory. Masks can be purchased at the UNSW main campus pharmacy or IGA.

If you test positive to COVID-19
Firstly, you are required to isolate for 7 days at home, then you should email your teachers to ask them for online study options and email our Student Support team

Our Student Support team can help you to ensure you have enough food and medicines at home whilst you are isolating. They will also help you to advise your classmates and staff members who may be affected.

If you are accessing UNSW’s campus please continue to check the COVID-19 case alert page for known cases on campus and follow the guidance.

COVID-19 reinfection period reduced to four weeks 
NSW Health has revised the COVID-19 reinfection period from 12 weeks down to four weeks. Additionally, they urge people who have recently had COVID-19, even if they have left isolation in the past four weeks, not to be complacent. If you develop symptoms again, please make sure to test and isolate. 

Get your booster!
A booster (third shot) is strongly recommended to protect you from severe illness. More information on booster doses, eligibility and how to book an appointment is on the NSW Health website.

Look after your wellbeing
We want to reinforce the importance of prioritising your wellbeing when you are sick and taking the necessary time to rest and fully recover. The UNSW Health Service on campus is open for face-to-face appointments.

Other support services:

  • Contact our Student Support Team  for support with student life or to connect you with the right services
  • UNSW Psychology and Wellness – a confidential counselling service
  • 24/7 Medibank counselling available to all UNSW students in Australia 1800-887-283
  • Lifeline – phone 13 11 14 for crisis support and suicide prevention
  • For support after hours, call UNSW Mental Health Support on 1300 787 026 for mental health acute care
  • For emergency services – phone 000 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger

Thank you again for all your tremendous support to keep our community safe and our campus open.

Best wishes,

UNSW Global

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