Current information

The coronavirus continues to spread. The Robert Koch Institute (safeguarding body of public health in Germany) currently estimates the potential danger in Germany as moderate. The UDE is monitoring the situation closely and has set up a task force to respond quickly to current developments. It is also in close contact with the public health authorities in Essen and Duisburg. According to these institutions and experts in the relevant field, it is currently not necessary to cancel all events or close facilities in general.

In principle, the Rectorate of the UDE has decided that normal teaching and study activities should be continued without restriction for the time being. A questionnaire was developed to assist in the decision making process for other events (only in German):

Events with many participants can help to spread the virus faster. Depending on the individual case, therefore, the cancellation/postponement or implementation with accompanying measures may be justified.

Important general information and answers to frequently asked questions about the coronavirus are provided by the German  Federal Ministry of Health and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, an agency of the European Union. Both keep their information constantly up to date, which is why the UDE expressly links to it:

UDE expressly advises against business trips to risk areas and contacts employees who have submitted business trip applications on an individual basis. Those concerned can contact the Human Resources Department with their questions:

The University endorses the travel warnings as well as the travel and security advice of the German Foreign Office. These may change depending on global developments.

When to Contact Public Health Department / Doctor

Please contact the responsible health office immediately
  • after personal contact with a person in whom the SARS CoV-2 virus has been detected in the laboratory, or
  • after staying in a risk area designated by the Robert Koch Institute in the last 14 days.
If acute respiratory diseases occur, coughing and sneezing etiquette as well as good hand hygiene should be observed and, after making an appointment by telephone with reference to the above-mentioned points, a doctor's practice should be consulted.
Patients can reach the medical on-call service outside opening hours by calling 116 117. If a massive illness is present, if people feel unstable or if they suffer an acute emergency, those affected can call the emergency number 112.

Employees concerned:
Please contact the Human Resources Department with your questions:

Students concerned:
Please contact the Registrar's Office with questions regarding exam matters, registration or admission

and the respective examiner(s).

All other questions should be directed to the International Office:

UDE also expressly recommends that the general hygiene rules by relevant authorities be observed (e.g. World Health Organization). The most effective measures for your personal protection as well as for the protection of other people from infection are: proper coughing and sneezing etiquette, keeping a distance (of about two meters) from people who may be ill as well as proper hand hygiene (see video below). Due to the currently increased demand for personal hygiene, building management is paying more attention to ensuring that hand soap and disposable towels are refilled quickly. Possible bottlenecks can be reported by e-mail to

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World Health Organisation: Hand hygiene, either with soap and water or with alcohol-based handrub, is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading infections to others.