Social distancing: Maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 m from other persons where possible.
Hygiene: wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm.
Wear medical face masks: Strong recommendation to wear FFP2 mask or medical mask on all University premises and during official travel.
Ventilation: air out the room regularly
The University is not offer testing on the University campus. For tests for people without symptoms, you can find an overview of test centers in the city of Freiburg here.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a coronavirus infection, please stay at home and seek advice by telephone (general practitioners’ surgeries, fever outpatient clinics, nationwide call number of the emergency medical service in Germany 116117). You can find out whether a test is possible and where you can have it done here.
The main pathway of transmission for SARS-CoV-2 is respiratory ingestion of virus-containing particles generated by breathing, coughing, talking, and sneezing. Depending on particle size or physical properties, a distinction is made between larger droplets and smaller aerosols. While droplets sink quickly to the ground, aerosols can also float in the air for a long time and disperse in enclosed spaces. Aerosols are expelled when breathing and speaking, but even more so when shouting and singing; coughing and sneezing also produce significantly more droplets. The likelihood of exposure to infectious particles of any size is increased within 1-2 meters of an infected person.
Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 by aerosols is possible when many people congregate in inadequately ventilated indoor spaces and there is increased production and accumulation of aerosols. Effective air exchange can reduce aerosol concentrations in a room.
If the minimum distance is maintained, the probability of transmission outdoors is very low due to air movement.
Transmission through contaminated surfaces cannot be ruled out, especially in the immediate vicinity of the infectious person.
The disease courses of COVID-19 are nonspecific, diverse, and vary greatly from asymptomatic courses to very severe courses with severe pneumonia with lung failure and death. Frequently mentioned symptoms are cough, fever, runny nose, loss of smell and/or taste, and pneumonia.
The university does not publish numbers of confirmed COVID cases, but assists the health department in identifying contacts when needed.
As of May 28, 2022 a mask mandate is no longer in effect. However, wearing an FFP2 mask or medical masks has proven to be a particularly effective measure during the pandemic. Without a mask, many potentially infectious particles disperse throughout the room. Medical masks already reduce the risk of infection. However, tight-fitting FFP2 (or comparable) masks provide particularly good protection.
The University therefore urges all students and employees, as well as visitors, to continue to wear an FFP2 mask or medical mask inside the buildings and when traveling on official business. In special situations in the workplace, during teaching and study activities, and at events that require people to be in close proximity, it may be determined, based on a risk assessment by the person(s) responsible, that masks should be made mandatory as an appropriate measure. The Department of Safety, Environment and Sustainability, Safety Unit, will assist with assessments in this regard upon request. If the person responsible considers a mask requirement to be necessary on the basis of his/her risk assessment, he/she must report this to the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org so that the approval of the Rectorate can be obtained in this regard.
Employees must be provided with FFP-2 or comparable masks on request on each working day. Employees are not permitted to pay for or share the cost of these masks.
Decentralized facilities may order medical masks (not FFP2) from the Technical Materials Store – informally and by email only to email@example.com.
- Please specify the number of packs required (content 50 pieces)
- please send UK – v (intranet download, access with Uniaccount) filled in and signed by the person authorized to issue the order as an attachment.
Shipment will be made via in-house mail after all required documents have been submitted. Collection only by exception and by appointment with Mr. Rombach, D4. The prices will be charged 1:1 to the decentralized institutions.
Facilities of the Central University Administration can order medical masks and FFP2 masks from the Technical Material Store; in this case, an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or an appointment for pick-up is sufficient. ZUV employees are not invoiced.
FFP2 masks, as well as medical face masks, can be ordered without conducting a price research or obtaining comparative offers via the company ITK Kienzler (vendor 1005012), taking into account the offer (intranet download, access with Uniaccount). A framework agreement has been concluded for the procurement of the masks.
When ordering via SAP-SRM, please refer to the framework agreement in the vendor text of the shopping cart. Ex: “Purchase order acc. to framework agreement: 2022033 – framework agreement masks.” After the approval process, the purchase order is sent to ITK Kienzler. It is important to include names and phone numbers of people who are at work and not in the home office. Please direct any questions regarding this to email@example.com. Facilities may choose other suppliers, subject to procurement guidelines, provided the FFP2 or medical face masks meet regulatory standards. Proper fit of the mask is important; the mask fits well if the fabric pulls up to the mouth when inhaling and inflates when exhaling. When in doubt, try a different model with a different fit. The Department of Safety, Environment and Sustainability will be happy to advise on this firstname.lastname@example.org.
The use of your own medical face mask or respirator that meets the requirements of the FFP2, KN95, N95 or comparable standard is expressly permitted.
Medical masks and FFP2 masks are to properly disposed of in the trash.
Please see further details in the University’s hygiene regulations document.
A positive self-administered test does not require quarantine or a mask. However, please wear a mask (at least mouth-and-nose covering) voluntarily outside your own home until a confirmed test result is available, if a minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained.
In case of a positive result of a rapid test, the regulations of the “Ordinance on protective measures replacing isolation for persons infected with SARS-CoV-2” apply. You must wear a mask (at least mouth-and-nose covering) outside your own home for five days from the time the sample is taken or from the time the sample is received by the evaluating laboratory. An exception applies outdoors if a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other persons can be maintained. Please inform your household members about your positive test result. Your household members do not have to take any precautionary measures or go into isolation (quarantine), but it is recommended to reduce contacts as far as possible.
As a general rule, if you are ill and have symptoms, you should stay at home as before and get a sick note from your doctor.
Positively tested employees must immediately report their positive test result (rapid test or PCR; no self-test) in electronic form (email@example.com). Initial information can also be provided by telephone (Department of Safety, Environment and Sustainability, 0761-203 9031).
Students are not required to report positive test results.
There is evidence that pregnant women may experience a more severe course of COVID-19 and an increased risk of preterm delivery through the disease. In addition, the options for treatment in the event of a severe course are significantly limited in pregnant women compared to the general population. For example, medicines and treatment measures often cannot be used without endangering the unborn child. It may thus be assumed that pregnant women are at an increased risk.
Sufficient protective measures must therefore be defined within the framework of an individual risk assessment in order to exclude an irresponsible risk to pregnant women. This also applies without restrictions to pregnant students. Pregnant women without personal protective measures may only be employed or participate in courses in compliance with all necessary ventilation, hygienic, and distancing regulations (at least 1.5 m from all other employees/persons). Frequent and changing personal contacts at the workplace put pregnant women at an increased risk of infection and can lead to an irresponsible risk if suitable protective measures are lacking.
The evaluation is carried out in accordance with the current guidelines and recommendations of the Freiburg Regional Council by the university’s representative for maternity protection, with the involvement of the pregnant woman and her supervisor or lecturer.
These guidelines also apply to pregnant women who are fully vaccinated or have suffered a SARS-CoV-2 infection confirmed by a PCR test.
For nursing women, there are generally no irresponsible risks specific to SARS-CoV-2 either at the workplace or in the classroom.
The Freiburg Regional Council has issued a fact sheet about the employment of pregnant and nursing women with regard to infection with the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
If you have any questions regarding maternity protection, please contact the University’s maternity protection officer.
The coronavirus can be neutralized very well with soap and household detergent (also dishwashing liquid). In the university buildings, the possibility of washing hands with soap is available everywhere, therefore the university does not use disinfectant dispensers. Disinfecting hands and wearing gloves can also give a feeling of false security. The Robert Koch Institute, as well as other institutions and experts, classify droplet infection (i.e. direct contact with small droplets produced when speaking, coughing or sneezing and transmitted over short distances) as the main transmission pathway. These droplets remain in the air for only a very short time (a few minutes to a few hours). Transmission by smear infection (virus-containing secretions) via the hands, which are brought into contact with the mucous membranes of the mouth or nose and the conjunctiva of the eyes, cannot be ruled out in principle, but probably plays only a minor role. Transmission via inanimate surfaces has not been documented so far. Even if infection via inanimate surfaces is regarded as unlikely, thorough hand washing is an effective protection. Objects that come into direct contact with the face (headsets, protective goggles, telephone, glasses and cups) should not be shared by several people or thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. However, cleaning with household detergent also leads to an effective reduction in the number of pathogens on the surface.