• Symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and Hygiene Measures

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If you have symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19)

If you feel unwell and have flu-like symptoms, you should contact your local GP – but most importantly - in the first instance only by phone. The doctor will tell you what happens next. This is to prevent the spread of possible infection to other patients in the GP surgery waiting room. If you are ill, stay at home.

Fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and disturbances to smell and taste can be signs of Coronavirus infection.

Staff with such symptoms are requested to leave the university campus immediately or to stay at home. Until their health status has been cleared by a medical professional, they are deemed to be unfit for work. As usual, supervisors must be informed if you are unable to work.

Supervisors are to forward information regarding suspected cases to the email address coronavirus@uni-bielefeld.de.

Affected persons should immediately contact a doctor or the public health authorities for evaluation by telephone. If the suspected infection is confirmed, the staff member in question must either send the relevant information themselves to the email address coronavirus@uni-bielefeld.de., or ask the responsible supervisor to do so.

After a positive test result has been confirmed, infected individuals may not enter university buildings for at least 14 days (from the date of diagnosis)—irrespective of any quarantine order issued by the public health authorities. The university may be entered again only after 14 days and at least 2 days of being symptom-free (an exception may exist if the public health authorities extend the mandatory 14-day quarantine).

Rapid Coronavirus Tests

If there is an increased risk of infection due to a work-related or studying situation (e.g. close contact with Corona-positive persons over a longer period of time), Corona rapid tests can be performed at the university based on individual case assessment and availability. Requests should be sent to the email address arbeitssicherheit@uni-bielefeld.de.

In the case of a confirmed positive case of Coronavirus, the following guidelines must be used for contact tracing:

  1. Guidelines for contact tracing of students
  2. Guidelines for contact tracing of staff (in German)

In accordance with § 7 of the Quarantine Ordinance of North Rhine-Westphalia dated 12 February 2021, individuals who test positive are required to immediately inform all persons (private and work-related contacts) with whom they have been in close personal contact either in the four days prior to the test, before the appearance of symptoms, or since the test was performed. This includes those persons with whom there had been contact for a period of more than 15 minutes and at a distance of less than 1.5 meters in which both parties were either not wearing a regular mask or had been together for a longer period of time in a poorly or unventilated room.

Information on work-related contact is to be carried out in such a form that the person who has tested positive will inform their supervisor in a timely manner. Their supervisor will then arrange further steps.

If a person living in your home falls ill and has such symptoms (suspected case), please contact your supervisor and clarify the next course of action (e.g. remaining in Home Office).

Staff members who live in a household with a person who has tested positive (confirmed case) are required under § 4 paragraph 1 of the Quarantine Ordinance of North Rhine-Westphalia from 12 February 2021 to self-quarantine immediately after the household member’s positive test result is known and to inform the appropriate health authorities. This does not apply to persons who had no contact with the person who tested positive since the time of the test; had no contact with the person who tested positive in the last ten days prior to this time; and who themselves do not show any symptoms of illness. The Quarantine Ordinance of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia in the current respective version must be observed.

Hygiene Measures

You should wash your hands regularly with plenty of soap and water and make use of the hand-sanitiser and surface disinfectants stations available in the washrooms and at the University entrances. If you don’t have a tissue, you should cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow rather than your hands. Employees, teaching staff and students are also expressly requested not to shake hands at present and to keep distance from one another, which should, of course, not be interpreted as unfriendliness.