Salford student

A student at the University of Salford is devastated to be self-isolating away from her family over Christmas.

Beth Davis, a TV and Radio student, who is from Milton Keynes, received a positive result after taking a test, and must self-isolate for the next 10 days.

“I’m devastated that I’m not going to be able to go home, and my housemates are leaving this week, so I’m going to be on my own while I’m isolating as well. I’m not even sure how I’m going to get food in the house, because I’m going to have nobody with me.”



Beth had received both vaccines, and had her booster booked. But this didn’t stop her from contracting the Omicron variant.

“It’s quite depressing because I’m going to be alone for Christmas, and all that fun stuff, I’m going to miss out on, which isn’t great.

“I’m not going to be able to eat Christmas dinner, like that’s such a big thing, and just being with family on Christmas day. I’m going to be extremely lonely; I’m not going to have anybody.”

Mike Richard, founder of the CIC ‘Talk About It Mate’, which provides peer support groups throughout Greater Manchester, gave the following comments on how people like Beth can help themselves.

“I would urge them to consider putting a plan in place, so you still keep in contact with the people who are important in your life. Maybe schedule sometime for phone calls or zoom chats. It’s not the best substitute for some people, but you know you’ll have something to look forward to.”

“Reframe it as an opportunity for self-care, be good to yourself, treat yourself, watch that movie you haven’t watch yet, something like that. A bit of time alone, which can be scary, can also be an opportunity to spoil yourself or have some important self-care.”

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