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Preventive measures (13 Feb., 2020)

Coronavirus

  • von Ulrike Bohnsack
  • 03.02.2020

The coronavirus is spreading further and further – mainly in China. The Robert Koch Institute (safeguarding body of public health in Germany) still considers the potential risk in Germany to be low. Therefore, it has not issued any special prevention recommendations for the general population.

UDE is watching the situation closely in order to be able to react to new developments quickly. It has joined the Federal Foreign Office in its travel warning for China. UDE expressly advises against trips to China and will contact employees who have submitted business trip applications individually. Those concerned can address their questions to the Human Resources Department: personaldezernat@uni-due.de

Persons returning from a trip to a risk area in China are requested to contact the university before entering the campus. Current risk areas are: the Chinese province of Hubei (including the city of Wuhan) and the cities of Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Taizhou in Zhejiang province.

Employees concerned:
Please contact the Human Resources Department with your questions: personaldezernat@uni-due.de

Students concerned:
Pease contact the Registrar's Office with questions regarding exam matters, registration or admission: studierendensekretariat-essen@uni-due.de. All other questions should be directed to the International Office: essen-io@uni-due.de.

Affected persons with symptoms:
Please stay at home and contact a general medical practice by telephone.
This applies to all students, employees (technicians, administration and academic staff) and guests as well as to all persons who are contracted to work at the university (e.g. external companies).

UDE also expressly recommends that the general hygiene rules by relevant authorities be observed (e.g. World Health Organization). https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Professor Ulf Dittmer, who heads the Institute of Virology at the University Hospital in Essen, assesses the current situation in an interview. He considers the current anxiety in Germany to be exaggerated. (Read interview / only in German)


Further information:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
https://www.uni-due.de/imperia/md/content/webredaktion/2020/2020-02-13_en_information_on_protection_to_prevent_coronavirus.pdf

Updated: 13 February 2020

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