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Covid and other infectious diseases

Disease mitigation measures

During the Autumn term 2022, we're keeping the following disease risk mitigation measures:

  • Staff, students and visitors who have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID, flu or other infectious diseases, or symptoms consistent with such infections, are asked not to attend Birkbeck premises.
  • Staff and students are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated according to current NHS guidance (including further booster doses, if recommended), unless they are unable to do so for medical reasons. See the NHS website for further information about vaccinations recommended by the NHS.
  • We're maintaining and monitoring ventilation measures so that they meet standards approved by our Health and Safety Committee, including keeping some windows open in naturally ventilated teaching spaces and meeting rooms.
  • We're using high-efficiency particulate absorbing (HEPA) filter devices in naturally ventilated teaching spaces in addition to natural ventilation from open windows.
  • We're promoting good hygiene, including through the provision of hand sanitiser and cleaning wipes and an enhanced cleaning regime.
  • Staff, students and visitors are asked to consider wearing face coverings in crowded indoor spaces and to be respectful of people who choose to continue wearing them.