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RUB no longer approves trips to China
Due to the rising number of patients infected by the coronavirus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared an international health emergency on 30 January 2020. This results in stricter measures to combat the outbreak. RUB, too, has taken the necessary steps: after consultation with the company doctor, RUB no longer approves any travel to China until further notice. RUB students and RUB staff who are currently returning from China should stay at home for two weeks. More details can be found in the info box below.
The RUB service portal contains current information and recommendations on the new coronavirus (Covid-19). Since not all RUB members have access to the service portal, you can also find this information here. It is continuously updated.*
In December 2019, respiratory diseases caused by a previously unknown virus (SARS-CoV-2) appeared for the first time in China (city of Wuhan). International and German health authorities are currently monitoring the spread and progression of the disease.
To date, most cases caused by the novel coronavirus have occurred in China, especially in the city of Wuhan and in Hubei province. Isolated cases have also been reported in other countries, including Germany. It’s possible for further infections to occur in Germany. In order to prevent further spread, the detection and isolation of patients as well as good hygiene practice are very important.
The disease is a human-to-human transmitted respiratory disease, usually mild with symptoms of a cold. Severe cases, sometimes with fatal outcome, are reported less frequently. The incubation period (time between contact/infection and the appearance of the disease symptoms) is estimated to be up to 14 days. It is possible that the infected person is already contagious during the incubation period. The transmission pathway is through the air (droplet infection) and as smear infection (through the hands).
To protect against infection, it’s important to implement relevant hygiene measures – which are also useful for avoiding other respiratory tract infections (including influenza). If possible, keep a distance of one to one and a half metres from other people, avoid shaking hands and maintain careful personal hand hygiene as well as cough and sneeze etiquette.
Since 28 January 2020, the Federal Foreign Office has issued a partial travel warning in Germany for travel to the Hubei region in China. In addition, it is recommended to postpone non-vital trips to other parts of China, if possible.
Up-to-date travel and security information issued by the Federal Foreign Office can be found here:
Returning from China
People returning from a trip from China should observe the following:
Students and employees who are classified as risk persons (see below) should stay away from Ruhr-Universität for 14 days after their return or if they had close contact with a person suffering from the novel coronavirus. They should, moreover, avoid contact with other people. The Ruhr-Universität’s employees to whom this applies should contact their superiors by telephone or e-mail in order to agree whether and how (for example in the home office) they can work. Students to whom this applies should get in touch with the dean’s office at their faculty. It is recommended to call the health office at your place of residence.
If symptoms of illness such as fever, cough and breathing difficulties occur within 14 days of returning home or coming into contact with a person suffering from the new coronavirus, they should contact the public health department at their place of residence by telephone from home. The employees of the public health department then coordinate all necessary medical measures. Under no circumstances should they go directly to a doctor’s practice or hospital, as they could potentially infect other people. In the event of serious symptoms, the emergency services must be called on the emergency telephone number 112. Patients must inform them that they had contact with the novel coronavirus and list their current symptoms.
Persons at risk for a disease of the novel coronavirus:
- Persons who have stayed in the Chinese province Hubei (including the city of Wuhan) or the cities of Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Taizhou in Zhejiang province.
- Persons after a stay in other regions of China (or in other countries) who have had contact with a person suffering from the novel coronavirus within the last 14 days.
* Last updated on 14.2.2020
4 February 2020