Covid-19 Student FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for ATU students

The symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus) are:

 

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:

  • Self-isolate (stay in your room) until 48 hours after your symptoms are mostly or fully gone.

  • Wear a face mask, ideally an FFP2 mask (there are available for free from the College).

Certain groups of people with symptoms need to get a PCR test, namely those who:

  • Have a high-risk medical condition 

  • Have a weak immune system (immunocompromised)

  • Live in the same household as a person who has a weak immune system or provide support or care for them

  • Are pregnant

  • Are a healthcare worker

  • Are age 55 or over and not had a Covid-19 vaccine booster dose

Note:  If you have an underlying condition that puts you at higher risk of severe disease, contact your GP as soon as possible.

                     

Student Health Providers 

Dublin Road Campus and CCAM Campus: 091 742228
Mayo Campus (Dr Stephen Patten): 094 9021999
Letterfrack Campus (Dr Alexander Michel): 095 43465

If you do not have a GP and need assistance after 5pm or at weekends, you can search for one here or call the GP out of hours service

 

How to self-isolate

Do

  • stay at home, in a room with a window you can open

  • keep away from other people – especially older people or anyone with a long-term medical condition

  • use a different bathroom to others in your household, if possible

  • cover your coughs and sneezes using a tissue – clean your hands properly after

  • ask friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food or supplies – if they stand back from the door, you can speak with them

  • wash your hands properly and often

  • use your own towel – do not share a towel with others

  • clean your room every day with a household cleaner or disinfectant

  • wear a medical or respirator face covering if you have to be in the same room as someone else during self-isolation and for 3 days after you leave self-isolation

Don't

  • do not go outside unless you have your own outdoor space away from other people

  • do not go to work, school, religious services or public areas

  • do not go to the shops or pharmacy for any reason – ask them to deliver or ask someone to go for you

  • do not share things like food, dishes or other household items

  • do not use public transport or taxis

  • do not have any visitors to your home

If you are a close contact of a person that tests positive for Covid-19, you should:

  • If you test positive for Covid by antigen test or by PCR test, you must self-isolate (stay in your room) for 7 full days and wear an FFP2 or medical grade mask for 10 days.

  • Do this even if you completed your first round of Covid vaccinations, had a booster, or had a positive PCR test in the past.

  • Inform covidofficer@gmit.ie as we have to review each case.

  • Those that test positive by antigen test should regard it as confirmed Covid-19 and register it with the HSE  A confirmatory PCR test is not required. 

  • If you test positive for Covid by antigen test or by PCR test, and you have a vaccine appointment, do not go for your vaccine.  See here for what to do regarding vaccination.  

 

You can stop isolating after 7 days if:

  • You are feeling well on day 6 and day 7 of your self-isolation

  • You do not have a fever (38oC or above) on day 6 and day 7 of your self-isolation (as long as your temperature has not been lowered by taking any form of paracetamol or ibuprofen).

  • Your symptoms are mostly gone – it is okay to stop isolating even if you have a mild cough or changes to your sense of smell – these can last for weeks after the infection has gone

 

If you stop self-isolation at day 7, continue to wear your FFP2 or medical grade mask; avoid contact with anyone at higher risk of severe illness from Covid-19; limit close contact with people outside your household.

If symptoms develop after exiting self-isolation, the symptomatic individual should self-isolate again and re-test.

If you stop isolating at day 7, then you also need to take an antigen test on days 8, 9 and 10 if you are returning to college (or going into any crowded space).

Email covidofficer@gmit.ie, and we can supply antigen tests for this purpose.

 

You can return to work/study if these 3 conditions apply to you:

  1. You do not live with anyone who is unwell and may have COVID-19.

  2. Your period of self-isolation is over.

  3. You do not have a fever (38oC or above) (as long as your temperature has not been lowered by taking any form of paracetamol or ibuprofen).
     

NOTE: If you stop isolating at day 7, then you also need to take an antigen test on days 8, 9 and 10 if you are returning to college (or going into any crowded space).

Email covidofficer@gmit.ie, and we can supply antigen tests for this purpose.

You must email the Covid Officer (covidofficer@gmit.ie) to verify that the above 3 criteria attach to you, and you will then be authorized to return to campus.

In general, when you stop isolating, take extra care to follow the public health advice to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

 

In general, during isolation:

Ensure that you look after yourself and follow medical advice on treating symptoms.

Take your temperature daily, as you will have to know that you are fever-free as one of the criteria for being allowed back to campus.

If you do not have a thermometer or need any other assistance during your period of self-isolation, contact covidofficer@gmit.ie.

 

How to self-isolate

Do

  • stay at home, in a room with a window you can open

  • keep away from other people – especially older people or anyone with a long-term medical condition

  • use a different bathroom to others in your household, if possible

  • cover your coughs and sneezes using a tissue – clean your hands properly after

  • ask friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food or supplies – if they stand back from the door, you can speak with them

  • wash your hands properly and often

  • use your own towel – do not share a towel with others

  • clean your room every day with a household cleaner or disinfectant

  • wear a medical or respirator face covering if you have to be in the same room as someone else during self-isolation and for 3 days after you leave self-isolation

Don't

  • do not go outside unless you have your own outdoor space away from other people

  • do not go to work, school, religious services or public areas

  • do not go to the shops or pharmacy for any reason – ask them to deliver or ask someone to go for you

  • do not share things like food, dishes or other household items

  • do not use public transport or taxis

  • do not have any visitors to your home

If you become unwell on campus, contact your lecturer or head of department and covidofficer@gmit.ie and return home to isolate. If you need to wait in GMIT before returning home, isolation rooms are available. Make your way to the isolation room, avoiding contact with other people. Make sure the windows in the isolation room are open.
 

Campus Location Room
Dublin Rd., Galway Room 153
CCAM Room 128
Mayo  Room B004
Letterfrack Meeting Room 1

Please refer to the Face Covering Policy

Please click here for advice on what to do if your child has Covid symptoms or is a close contact.

Student Health Providers 

Dublin Road Campus and CCAM Campus: 091 742228
Mayo Campus (Dr Stephen Patten): 094 9021999
Letterfrack Campus (Dr Alexander Michel): 095 43465

If you do not have a GP and need assistance after 5pm or at weekends, you can search for one here or call the GP out of hours service

To contact the GMIT Covid Officer, email: covidofficer@gmit.ie or phone 091 742708 / 085 209 2713.