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Bug buddies

By Adrian 13 Mar 2020

Get yourself a bug buddy!

New government guidance about coronavirus requires anyone with a cough or a fever to self-isolate for seven days. This could affect quite large numbers of residents.

How would you get food, medicines, or other essential items if you had to self-isolate in your room?

Have a conversation now with your friends about being “bug buddies” for each other. If you get sick and have to self-isolate, your bug buddy will:

  • Collect meals from the dining hall and leave them outside your room
  • Go out to do urgent shopping for you
  • Bring any parcels to your room (leaving them outside your door)
  • Collect any food deliveries from reception for you (leaving them outside your door)
  • Keep in touch with your while you are self-isolated to make sure you're ok - maybe via phone, WhatsApp, or Messenger

Could you be a bug buddy to someone in need?

Some residents might have difficulty identifying a bug buddy (maybe because their friends are also self-isolating).

If you would be willing to be a bug buddy for someone in need, contact your Hall Warden or an RA.

They will keep a list of emergency bug buddies and might call on you to help if needed.

Further reading

Our main information outlet about COVID-19 is here: Coronavirus advice and FAQs | University of London.

There's more COVID-19 information specifically for intercollegiate halls residents here.

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Adrian is a medical doctor, the University of London Student Health & Wellbeing Manager, and the Warden of Connaught Hall. He is passionate about advancing equality, diversity, and inclusion. Adrian's interests include fitness, nutrition, mindfulness and insight meditation, medical education, social psychology, and human factors / crisis resource management.
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