Information and Guidance

Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19 for short, is an infectious respiratory illness that is linked to the same family of viruses as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and some types of common cold.

Learn more about how COVID-19 is changing the way DRAMS delivers content to you.

Reported Cases at NHS Tayside

Monitor the number of active COVID-19 cases around you.

To view the latest number of daily cases in Dundee, select NHS Tayside on the map. Statistical information is provided courtesy of Public Health Scotland and NHS Tayside.

View the University's
COVID-19 Code of Conduct

View our COVID-19 code of conduct guide to learn how staff and students can stay COVID-19 safe on campus.

COVID-19 Vaccine
Ongoing Studies and Updates

Is the vaccine safe? Should I take the vaccine?
Quash the rumours about the vaccine by reading up about the latest updates on the COVID-19 vaccine development here.

Impact on DRAMS

It is unfortunate that COVID-19 has led to disruptions in everyday life.

Although large-scale gatherings may not happen for a while, DRAMS aims to continue delivering content to everyone in a safe online format. Bear with us as we work to provide new and exciting material for everyone.

Keep well and stay safe!

Source: University of Dundee (2020)

Common Questions

Source: WHO (2020)

Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19 for short, is an infectious respiratory illness that is linked to the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and some types of common cold.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization. On average it takes 5 to 6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and others. Why? When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.

Avoid going to crowded places. Why? Where people come together in crowds, you are more likely to come into close contact with someone that has COIVD-19 and it is more difficult to maintain physical distance of 1 metre (3 feet).

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.

Follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If unwell, stay home and self-isolate. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house, wear a mask to avoid infecting others. Why? Avoiding contact with others will protect them from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.

If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, but call by telephone in advance if possible and follow the directions of your local health authority. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Signs & Symptoms

Source: WHO (2020)

Dry cough

Aches and pains
Sore throat
Loss of taste or smell
Skin rash
Discolouration in extremities (fingers or toes)

Chest pain or tightness
Loss of speech or movement

COVID-19 Research

A non-exhaustive list of links to prominent journal publishers and their COVID-19 research.

British Medical Journal

The Lancet

New England Journal of Medicine

WHO Research

COVID-19 Updates

Stay updated with links to the latest information on COVID-19 – both locally and globally.

University of Dundee


World Health Organisation

WHO Statistics