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Coronavirus: Can university students get a fee refund? And other questions

There have now been more than 4,200,000 coronavirus cases around the world and 290,000 deaths – more than 32,000 of them in the UK. On Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a “conditional plan” to begin lifting England’s coronavirus lockdown.Young people have been getting in touch with questions about the crisis and what it means…

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There have now been more than 4,200,000 coronavirus cases around the world and 290,000 deaths – more than 32,000 of them in the UK.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a “conditional plan” to begin lifting England’s coronavirus lockdown.

Young people have been getting in touch with questions about the crisis and what it means for them.

Questions and answers

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  • Can university students get their tuition fee refunded for disruptions to teaching because of Covid-19? from Sophie in Liverpool

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    The Department for Education has indicated that it is possible for students to get their fees back.

    In a statement, it said that if universities are “unable to facilitate adequate online tuition then it would be unacceptable for students to be charged for any additional terms”.

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    To claim a refund, students first need to complain directly to their university. If that is unsuccessful then students in England or Wales can lodge an appeal with the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA).

    If your university is in Scotland then it’s the SPSO (Scottish Public Services Ombudsman) and for Northern Ireland, you go to the NIPSO (Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman). Students will need a “completions procedure form” from their university in order to file an appeal.

  • What are my chances of getting a job in lockdown/when lockdown is over? from Jess in Essex

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    Research conducted by the Resolution Foundation has found that the coronavirus pandemic could increase youth unemployment by 600,000 this year.

    If you’re worried about finding a job you can head to the National Careers Service for advice on how to find job vacancies.

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    You can also search online for virtual job fairs. This could help you explore different job opportunities and connect with potential employers directly from home.

    Experts recommend using lockdown to refresh your CV and also look for any online training opportunities which might put you in a better position when you eventually apply for a job.

  • Who is eligible for universal credit? from Mario in London

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    Anyone aged 18 or above can apply for universal credit if they live in the UK and are on a low income or out of work.

    Students in full-time education aren’t usually eligible for universal credit, but they can make a claim if they do not have any parental support, are responsible for a child or are in a couple with a partner who is eligible for universal credit.

    People aged 16 or 17 can also apply for universal credit if they do not have any parental support, are responsible for a child, caring for a disabled person or cannot work.

    You can use the government’s benefits calculator to find out how much you may be entitled to.

  • Can you cancel your student property lease early – and if so, how? From Honor in Edinburgh

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    Most students have gone home to self-isolate, leaving their student properties empty but they still have to pay rent.

    If you’re worried about paying rent for an empty student property, first of all check your tenancy agreement. Some contracts will have a “break clause” which will allow you to cancel your lease early if you give your landlord enough notice.

    If you don’t have a “break clause”, you can always speak to your landlord and ask for a “reduced payment plan”. This could mean you pay less rent each month.

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  • What is the coronavirus? from Caitlin in Leeds Most asked

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    Coronavirus is an infectious disease discovered in China in December 2019. Its more precise name is Covid-19.

    There are actually hundreds of coronaviruses – most of which circulate among animals, including pigs, camels, bats and cats. But there are a few – such as Covid-19 – that infect humans.

    Some coronaviruses cause mild to moderate illnesses, such as the common cold. Covid-19 is among those that can lead to more serious illnesses such as pneumonia.

    Most infected people will have only mild symptoms – perhaps a fever, aching limbs and a cough – and will recover without special treatment.

    Coronavirus key symptoms: High temperature, cough, breathing difficulties.

    But some older people, and those with underlying medical problems such as heart disease, diabetes, or cancer are at greater risk of becoming seriously unwell.

    The NHS has more about symptoms.

  • Once you’ve had coronavirus will you then be immune? from Denise Mitchell in Bicester Most asked

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    When people recover from an infection, their body is left with some memory of how to fight it should they encounter it again. This immunity is not always long-lasting or totally efficient, however, and can decrease over time.

    It is unclear, though, if people who have recovered from coronavirus will be able to get it again.

    University of Oxford’s Prof Sarah Gilbert, who is working on creating a vaccine for Covid-19, says that it “probably is likely” that an infected person will be able to be reinfected in the future.

    The UK government views antibody tests – which can show if a person has had Covid-19 – as central to its plans to end the current lockdown and allow people to return to work.

    But the World Health Organization has said that there is no evidence that antibody tests can show that a person has immunity or is protected against reinfection.

  • What is the incubation period for the coronavirus? from Gillian Gibs

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    Scientists have said that the “incubation period” – the time between catching the virus and starting to show symptoms – is five days on average. However, some people can have symptoms earlier or much later than this.

    The NHS is dealing with a large number of people who are seriously ill from Covid-19.

    The World Health Organization advises that the incubation period can last up to 14 days. But some researchers say it may be up to 24 days.

    Knowing and understanding the incubation period is very important. It allows doctors and health authorities to introduce more effective ways to control the spread of the virus.

  • Is coronavirus more infectious than flu? from Merry Fitzpatrick in Sydney

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    Both viruses are highly contagious.

    On average, it’s thought people with the coronavirus infect two to three other people, while those with flu pass it on to about one other person.

    There are simple steps you can take to stop the spread of flu and coronavirus.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water
    • Avoid touching your face unless your hands are clean
    • Catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue and then put it in the bin
  • How long are you ill for? from Nita in Maidstone

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    For four out of five people Covid-19 will be a mild disease, a bit like flu.

    Symptoms include a fever and dry cough. You may feel unwell for a few days but you should be back to normal within a week or so after the symptoms appear.

    If the virus gets well established in the lungs it can cause breathing difficulties and pneumonia. About one in seven people may need hospital treatment.

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  • I have a tooth abscess. When will dentists be open for emergency care? from Sammie Bowman, Kent

    Dentists have been told to stop routine appointments in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

    Patients can still ring their dentist for advice. If necessary, dentists can prescribe medication over the phone.

    If a patient is in considerable pain, dentists can refer them to an Urgent Dental Care (UDC) hub. These centres have been created across the UK to provide emergency treatment while meeting social distancing requirements.

    However, the British Dental Association has previously said that some UDC hubs in England are experiencing problems due to a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

    If a UDC centre is not available in your area, there may be other options. Some hospitals, for example, offer emergency dental walk-in services. But you should always speak to your local dentist first – or use the NHS 111 online service if you’re not registered with one.

  • How dangerous is coronavirus for people with asthma? from Lesley-Anne in Falkirk

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    Asthma UK’s advice is to keep taking your daily preventer inhaler (usually brown) as prescribed. This will help cut the risk of an asthma attack being triggered by any respiratory virus, including coronavirus.

    Carry your blue reliever inhaler with you every day, in case you feel your asthma symptoms flaring up. If your asthma is getting worse and there is a risk you might have coronavirus, contact the online NHS 111 coronavirus service.

  • Are otherwise healthy disabled people more at risk from coronavirus? from Abigail Ireland in Stockport

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    Coronavirus can be more severe in older people and those with pre-existing conditions such as heart and lung illnesses, or diabetes.

    There is no evidence that disabled people who are otherwise healthy – and who don’t, for instance, have respiratory problems – are at greater risk from coronavirus.

  • Will people who’ve have had pneumonia experience milder coronavirus symptoms? from Marje in Montreal

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    Covid-19 can, in a small number of cases, lead to pneumonia, most notably in people with pre-existing lung conditions.

    But as this is a new virus, no-one will have any immunity to it, whether they have previously had pneumonia, or any other form of coronavirus such as Sars.

    Coronavirus can cause viral pneumonia which requires treatment in hospital.

  • With key workers wearing some sort of mask, how are deaf people who lip-read supposed to understand what is being said? From Margaret Roll in Clevedon

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    Wearing masks has become commonplace not just in hospitals but also among the general public.

    It presents major challenges for some deaf people who rely on lip-reading to communicate, but who also need to stay safe from catching the virus, especially if in a hospital setting.

    The charity Action on Hearing Loss says there are some clinically approved see-through covered face masks that help enable lip-reading. However, they do not provide enough protection against aerosols spread by coronavirus, and wouldn’t be right for health and social care workers to use during this pandemic.

    They say it might be worth using a small whiteboard to communicate. There are also some subtitling or captioning apps that may provide some help.

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  • Why are governments going to such extreme measures to combat coronavirus when flu appears to be more deadly? from Lorraine Smith in Harlow

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    Quarantining cities and telling people to stay at home may seem extreme, but the alternative is to let the virus spread unrestrained.

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    There is no vaccine for this new virus, as there is for flu, which makes elderly people and those with underlying health conditions very vulnerable to its effects.

    In China, lockdown measures appear to be working as new daily cases of the virus have now started to decline.

  • When will there be coronavirus antibody tests? from Alison May in Manchester

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    An antibody test shows whether someone has already had the virus. It works by looking for signs of immunity, using a drop of blood on a device that works a bit like a pregnancy test.

    The government has expressed hope that antibody tests will be used to help the UK return to normal. But it has not yet found any that are reliable enough to use outside of an initial pilot trial with some members of the general public who will soon be invited to take part.

    Moreover, the virus is new and little is known about it – so it’s not even certain at the moment that having antibodies in your blood means that you are immune to reinfection.

  • Do we not have reusable PPE and can’t it just be washed or left for three days for any present virus to die? from Chris Stone in Lancashire

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    All personal protective equipment (PPE) worn during the highest-risk situations – such as aprons, gloves and surgical masks – should usually be disposed of after a single use or session.

    However, guidelines now say NHS staff can reuse some kit where it is safe to do so. For example, some gowns could be washed by the hospital laundry and reused.

    The Health and Safety Executive says it recognises “some compromise” is needed in these “exceptional circumstances”. But doctors and nurses are not happy with this situation.

    The Royal College of Nursing says its members can refuse to treat patients as a “last resort” if adequate PPE has not been provided.

  • What should I do if someone I live with is self-isolating? from Graham Wright in London

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    If you’re living with someone who’s self-isolating, you should keep all contact to a minimum and, if possible, not be in the same room together.

    The person self-isolating should stay in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened, and keep away from other people in the house.

    If you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll also need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started – this is how long it can take for symptoms to appear.

    If you get symptoms, self-isolate for seven days from when your symptoms start, even if it means you’re self-isolating for longer than 14 days. If you do not get symptoms, you can stop self-isolating after 14 days.

  • I am currently self-isolating. Can I attend a hospital appointment? from Patricia Welsh in Aylmerton, Norfolk

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    The current government advice is to access medical assistance remotely, wherever possible.

    However, those with a scheduled hospital or other medical appointment during this period, should talk to their GP or clinician.

    This is to ensure that they continue to receive the care they need and consider whether appointments can be postponed.

  • Should people stop having sex? from Martha Menschel in Las Vegas

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    If you live with your partner, they count as being part of your household. If neither of you is showing coronavirus symptoms and you are already in close contact, having sex won’t increase the likelihood of you catching the virus from one another. If one person does have symptoms, they should be self-isolating in a separate room.

    Using contraception such as condoms won’t alter your risk of catching the virus, as having sex will bring you into close physical contact anyway.

    “If you are going to touch each other’s genitals it’s likely that you will potentially be kissing at the same time – and we know the virus is passed through saliva,” Dr Alex George told the BBC’s Newsbeat.

    “Essentially, any possibility of transfer of coronavirus – from your mouth to your hands, to genitals, to someone else’s nose or mouth – increases the risk of passing on coronavirus.”

  • How are there still so many new cases of coronavirus occurring during the lockdown? Is it known if it is from people not observing the rules? From Susan Pugsley in Sanford

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    It’s actually difficult to know how many new cases of coronavirus there have been during the lockdown, because until recently, there has been very little testing of the population as a whole (it was mostly just those in hospital and some NHS and care staff who were being tested).

    There is also a lag effect with the figures. It takes time for the effects of social distancing to be seen in the daily figures for cases, hospitalisations and then deaths – around three weeks at least – so it may appear as if there are more cases than there currently are. It’s true that some people have been ignoring the rules regarding lockdown. But police chiefs say that compliance is still holding up.

    What we do know is that confirmed daily cases of the virus have been on a downward trend since early April, and the rate of infection has dropped significantly. There’s also been a fall in the number of new people being hospitalised, or dying from the virus.

    Where there does seem to be a steady rise in the number of cases is in the UK’s care homes. Latest figures suggest that a third of all coronavirus deaths in England and Wales – and nearly half of those in Scotland and Northern Ireland – take place there.

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Me and my family

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  • I am five months pregnant and want to understand the risk to the baby if I get infected? from a BBC website reader

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    Pregnant women are being advised by the UK government to stay at home and keep contact with others to a minimum. However, they should attend antenatal clinics as normal.

    There is no evidence to suggest that pregnant women are more likely to get coronavirus. But, for a small number of women, being pregnant may change the way their body deals with a severe viral infection.

    The government’s chief medical adviser says this is a precautionary measure until scientists find out more about the virus and that “infections and pregnancy are not a good combination in general”.

  • I am breastfeeding my five-month-old baby – what should I do if I get coronavirus? from Maeve McGoldrick

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    Mothers pass on protection from infection to their babies through their breast milk.

    If your body is producing antibodies to fight the infection, these would be passed on through breastfeeding.

    Breastfeeding mums should follow the same advice as anyone else over reducing risk – cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough, throw away used tissues straight away and wash hands frequently, while trying to avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Is it possible to catch coronavirus from a pet dog or cat? from Javed

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    This is highly unlikely to happen, according to scientists and vets.

    While there are rare cases where an animal has caught the virus from a human, there is no evidence that humans can catch the virus from animals.

    It is possible that a pet’s fur could become contaminated if an infected person has previously touched or stroked the animal.

    But even without the threat of coronavirus, you should always wash your hands with soap and water after handling an animal or its lead, and avoid touching your nose and mouth.

  • What is the risk to children? from Louise in London

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    In general, children appear to be relatively unaffected by coronavirus, according to data from China and other countries.

    This may be because they are able to shake off the infection or have no symptoms or only very mild ones similar to a cold.

    However, children with underlying lung problems, such as asthma, may have to be more careful.

    All schools in the UK are currently closed, except for vulnerable pupils or children of key workers.

  • Will I get fined if I refuse to send my child back to Reception on 1 June? from Emma Jane Parker in Hull

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    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday that primary schools in England might start to reopen from 1 June at the earliest, depending on the number and spread of coronavirus infections.

    Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 might be able to return in stages from that date.

    At present, it is not compulsory for key worker parents to send their children to school, and there are no fines for those who have not taken up places they are entitled to fill.

    It is expected that this temporary arrangement – where usual sanctions do not apply – will continue for all parents of any year groups going back in England during the summer term.

    There are currently no plans for schools in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland to reopen before the end of the summer term.

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  • Can I walk my dog under the category of daily exercise? from James Leslie, Burgess Hlil Most asked

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    You can walk your dog as much as you like.

    The government has said people can exercise outside as many times a day as they want, and can spend time outside not exercising, as long as they remain 2m (6ft) away from anyone outside their household.

    There is no guidance from the government on whether your dog should be on a lead, but the Royal Parks, for instance, urge visitors to do this, to help ensure people practise social distancing.

  • Is there a time limit on how long we can be outside for once-a-day exercise, and are we allowed to get in our car to travel to go for a walk? from Sam Fearn, York Most asked

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    The government has said people in England can exercise outside as many times a day as they want. They can also spend time outside not exercising, as long as they remain 2m (6ft) away from anyone outside their household.

    The Welsh and Scottish governments have also said people can exercise outdoors more than once a day.

    You can only exercise with up to one person from outside your household – so you can only play team sports with the people with whom you live. You still can’t use playgrounds, outdoor gyms or other outdoor leisure venues, where there is a higher risk of close contact and touching surfaces.

    In England, you can drive to outdoor open spaces to exercise irrespective of distance, as long as you follow social distancing while you are there. However, in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, people are still being told to avoid any travel which is not essential. You cannot cross the border from England to Scotland or Wales to exercise.

  • Do the new rules about exercise include the national parks? from Larry in Liverpool

  • My children live with their mother, but visit me. I live about 190 miles from them. Is it legitimate travel for me to drive to collect them? from Mark in Swansea

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    Yes it is.

    Government guidance on staying at home says: “Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes.”

    If neither parent nor child is showing symptoms of the virus or self-isolating, children of separated parents are still allowed to stay with either of them.

    However, the Family Division of the High Court has said that, in England and Wales, if one parent is worried that moving their child would be going against public health advice, they may “vary the arrangement to one that they consider to be safe”, even if the other parent does not agree.

    Where this is the case, family courts will expect parents to allow contact by video chat or phone.

  • Should I wear a mask to protect myself and others from the virus? from Ann Hardman in Radcliffe, Manchester Most asked

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    The UK government has said that people in England should consider wearing “face coverings” on public transport and in some shops, especially where it is not possible to follow social distancing guidelines.

    This echoes existing advice from the Scottish and Northern Irish governments.

    Face coverings are not the same as surgical masks. They do not offer protection to the wearer, but can help reduce the risk of transmitting the disease to others.

    Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of two, or anyone who may not be able to use them without help.

    You should wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.

  • Why are people still flying into UK from Italy, USA, and China? from D Cutler in Hereford

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    The number of flights arriving in the UK has dropped dramatically during lockdown.

    The UK government has said it will introduce a two-week quarantine period for international passengers “as soon as possible”.

    If travellers cannot say where they plan to self-isolate, then they will do so in accommodation arranged by the government.

    There are some exemptions, including people arriving from the Republic of Ireland and France.

    Airlines and airport operators have said that maintaining social distancing is very difficult, and many are advising passengers to wear face coverings and gloves. Healthrow is trialling large-scale temperature checks for some passengers.

  • Boris Johnson said people flying into the UK will have to be quarantined, but what about those coming through the Channel Tunnel or by North Sea ferry? from Patricia Richardson in Darlington

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    The Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday that the quarantine arrangements would apply for arrivals by air but government officials have since said they will also apply to those arriving by train and boat.

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    Eurotunnel passengers and people on ferries from Calais will presumably not be affected as all arrivals from France are exempt.

    The same goes for Eurostar passengers from Paris or Lille but, unless the rest of the EU is also exempt (which according to sources is currently not the case), Eurostar travellers from Brussels and Amsterdam will have to self-isolate for two weeks on arrival.

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  • When will restrictions on house purchases be lifted? from Christian Jackson in South London

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    There are currently no formal restrictions on moving house, although the government has strongly advised against it where possible. It says that while there is no need to pull out of transactions, buyers and renters should delay moving so they can observe social distancing and self-isolating guidelines.

    If the house you are moving into is empty, it’s fine to carry on as long as these rules are observed during the removals process. If the property is occupied, the government is encouraging the buyer and seller to find an alternative moving date further down the line.

  • Will lenders allow people with mortgages to delay payments during the outbreak? from Clare Waters

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    People affected by coronavirus will be able to delay their mortgage payments for up to three months.

    It is important to bear in mind that any interest and capital repayments which are missed, will be added to the mortgage balance.

    This means that any future monthly mortgage bills are likely to be slightly higher.

  • How do you get gas and electricity if you are on a pre-payment meter and can’t get to a post office to top it up? from David E P Dennis

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    Energy companies have promised to help you if you have a pre-payment meter. So you may be able to authorise a friend to top up your energy card for you.

    You could also ask your supplier to send you a card by post which is already topped up. The government says that if it’s urgent the supplier should be able to add credit directly to your account. You should be able to top up online as well.

    And you will have to pay back any credit your supplier gives you. So you should contact them to ask about when and how to do this.

  • What should I do as I have not received a refund for a cancelled flight? From Susan in Offley

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    If your flight is cancelled, you are entitled to a full refund to the original form of payment within seven days, although many airlines are struggling to meet that deadline.

    Ryanair, for example, says customers who want a cash refund will receive it ”in due course” as it is dealing with a much higher volume of requests than usual, with fewer staff.

    Many airlines are trying to avoid giving refunds and are offering vouchers for another flight or a free re-booking instead.

    If the airline later folds, the voucher will probably become invalid. And any rebooking could affect the terms of your travel insurance.

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  • My company wants me to return to work within the lockdown period. Is this legal? From Jim Bridgeman in Kettering

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    The government has said that everyone should work from home if possible, and only go into a workplace if their job “absolutely cannot be done from home”.

    Your employer has a duty to protect your health and safety. If you or a member of your household have an underlying health condition which increases vulnerability to coronavirus, you could argue that you have a right not to come into work.

    If you still do not want to go in, you could ask to take time off as holiday or unexpected leave, but your employer does not have to agree to this.

    An employer could bring disciplinary action against an employee who they consider to be refusing to work without a good reason.

  • I’m self-employed. Can I claim benefits if I can’t work due to the virus? from Mark Gribby in Nottingham

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    Self-employed people who have symptoms or have been told to self-isolate may apply for two benefits – universal credit or employment and support allowance.

    Normally, you would be eligible after four days of being ill. However, the government has responded to the spread of coronavirus by saying that companies will temporarily pay SSP from the first day off.

    But charities are worried that there is still a five-week delay before universal credit is paid.

  • What if you’re not on a salary and can’t work from home if your workplace closes? from Joseph in Glasgow

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    If you are employed, your employer has an obligation to pay your Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for up to 28 weeks.

    Normally, you would be eligible after four days of being ill. However, the government has responded to the spread of coronavirus by saying that companies will temporarily pay SSP from the first day off.

    In the case of small and medium-sized employers, the government will fund sick pay for the first 14 days.

    Eligible employees are entitled to £95.85 a week.

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  • I am suppose to be attending university this September. Do you reckon it will still be going ahead? from Jasmine Cann-Cross in Bristol

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    Universities are currently intending to run their planned courses in the autumn, but what is not clear is whether they will be teaching online with no students on campus, or whether students will be back and being taught face-to-face. Or else it could be a mixture of both – with some online teaching and some in person.

    There are still more questions than answers on this, such as how student accommodation might work if social distancing is in place or whether there be any social life or freshers’ week events. But we do know that tuition fees will be charged in full, even if classes are being taught online rather than in person.

    But there has been a change in the application timetable, so that people applying for places do not have to make a firm choice until 18 June. There might be more information to help with a decision by then.

  • How will routine NHS services be restarted? from Emma Snow in London

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    Following a drop in hospital patients with Covid-19, the NHS has now outlined its approach to resuming other services in England over the next six weeks.

    Urgent outpatient appointments will go ahead and routine surgery could be restarted, but GPs will continue to use online consultations, and regular testing will be offered to all staff. The NHS says the pressure on many staff will “remain unprecedented” and employers must keep them safe.

    Routine elective surgery will be restarted, with priority given to “long waiters”, and cancer referral and diagnostic appointments will be brought back to “pre-Covid-19 levels”.

    Discussions are taking place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on how to resume normal NHS services, but no announcements have yet been made.

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