- Social distancing: Maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 m from other persons; wearing a mouth-and-nose covering does not in principle lead to a suspension of the minimum distance requirement and other hygiene rules.
- Hygiene: wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm.
- Everyday masks: wear a mouth-and-nose covering.
- Ventilation: air out the room regularly, even during the cold winter months.
- Regulation of room usage: Regulation of the maximum occupancy in compliance with the distance rule and consistent compliance with the occupancy.
- Third-party events: The University buildings may only be used for University purposes; no third-party events are allowed.
- Ban on entry and participation: for people who
- are or have been in contact with a person infected with the coronavirus, if 14 days have not yet passed since the last contact
- show typical symptoms of infection with the coronavirus, namely fever, dry cough, impaired sense of taste or smell, or
- do not wear a mouth-and-nose covering.
- Entry for persons not affiliated with the University: Limited access for non-affiliated persons to the utmost minimum.
- Data collection for contact tracing: Capture contact information for rapid detection and containment of infection chains.
The main transmission pathway for SARS-CoV-2 is the respiratory uptake of virus-containing particles, which are produced when breathing, coughing, speaking and sneezing. Depending on particle size and physical properties, a distinction is made between larger droplets and smaller aerosols. While the droplets sink quickly to the ground, aerosols can also float in the air for long periods of time and spread in closed rooms. When breathing and speaking, but even more so when shouting and singing, aerosols are excreted; when coughing and sneezing, significantly more droplets are also produced. The probability of exposure to infectious particles of any size is increased within a radius of 1-2 meters around an infected person.
Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 by aerosols is possible if many people gather in insufficiently ventilated indoor spaces and there is increased production and accumulation of aerosols. Effective air exchange can reduce the aerosol concentration in a room.
If the minimum distance is maintained, the probability of transmission in outdoor areas due to air movement is very low.
A transmission through contaminated surfaces cannot be excluded, especially in the immediate vicinity of the infectious person.
The course of COVID-19 disease is unspecific, multifaceted and varies greatly from symptomless progression to very severe disease progression with severe pneumonia with lung failure and death. Frequently mentioned symptoms are cough, fever, runny nose, an impaired sense of smell and/or taste and pneumonia.
The university does not publish figures on confirmed cases of COVID-19, but supports the public health department in identifying contact persons if necessary.
For your own protection, but also to prevent the virus from spreading as far as possible, please follow the hygiene recommendations as they are presented in our hygiene regulations, on this website and on the posters posted in all areas of the University. They correspond to the recommendations of relevant institutions such as the Robert Koch Institute. With these simple, personal hygiene measures, you can help to protect yourself and others from contagious infectious diseases and prevent the health care system from becoming overloaded.
A minimum distance of 1.5 meters to other persons must be maintained. This also applies without restriction to outdoor activities. Wearing a mouth-and-nose covering does not mean a suspension of the minimum distance requirement and other hygiene rules.
When allocating rooms in all work rooms (office, workshop, laboratory, etc.), seminar rooms, lecture halls, social rooms, it must be ensured that the number of people in the room does not exceed the respective occupancy limit. In addition, it must be ensured that there is a minimum distance of 1.5 meters per person present in all directions to other persons. This can be achieved, for example, by blocking off individual workstations, pulling apart work tables or reversible markings on floors or surfaces.
The maximum room occupancy must be determined by the person(s) in charge in the individual management areas in accordance with Section 2.3 of the General Administrative Regulations from the University of Freiburg and must be clearly indicated by means of a sign on the entrance doors (template).
In the case of centrally administered rooms, Department 4 (Building and Technology) is responsible for determining the occupancy figures, marking for maximum occupancy and the corresponding furnishings.
Aerosols accumulate quickly in closed indoor spaces and spread throughout the room. Prolonged exposure to poorly ventilated or unventilated rooms increases the potential risk of aerosol transmission. The risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 can be significantly reduced by means of regular shock and cross-ventilation or via ventilation systems.
Rooms where people are present should be ventilated regularly and sufficiently via wide open windows. Individual offices: at least every 60 minutes for at least 3 minutes; shared rooms: at least every 20 minutes for 3 minutes. This also applies to rooms that only have a stationary air circulation system or equipment. These cool or heat the indoor air, but there is no exchange with fresh air. Please make sure you wear warm clothing.
In rooms that have a technical air supply and exhaust air system, no additional individual ventilation is usually required. If you have any questions about the existing ventilation systems, please contact Department 4. Rooms in which additional manual ventilation by opening the windows is indispensable are marked accordingly at the entrance.
Thorough hand hygiene
Wash your hands with gentle liquid soap for 20 to 30 seconds. Proper hand disinfection is only necessary and useful if thorough hand washing is not possible.
Observing coughing and sneezing etiquette
Coughing and sneezing into the crook of your arm is one of the most important preventive measures. When coughing or sneezing, the greatest possible distance from other people should be maintained. It is best to turn away from others while doing so.
Events in spaces outside the University
The rules set out for workspace occupancy also apply to University events, in particular retreats, workshops, seminars and similar events held on premises outside the University.
Ban on entry
Persons who are or have been in contact with a person infected with the coronavirus are not allowed to enter university buildings if 10 days have not yet passed since contact, if they show typical symptoms of a coronavirus infection, namely fever, dry cough, an impaired sense of taste or smell, or if they do not wear a mouth-and-nose covering.
Even if the quarantine period ends prematurely, the regular ban on entry and participation still applies.
The University recommends vaccination against influenza because, given the similarity of the symptoms of coronavirus and influenza infection, patients with “common” influenza could be mistakenly placed in an isolated ward and the health care system would be unnecessarily burdened.
Wearing a mouth-and-nose covering contributes significantly to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting high-risk groups from infection. It is therefore essential that it be worn over the mouth and nose.
A mouth-and-nose covering must be worn by everyone
- from the moment of entering the University buildings in high-traffic areas within the buildings, especially door and other entrance areas, passageways, corridors, staircases, sanitary facilities,
- in queuing and waiting areas as well as access and entrance areas in front of buildings,
- in all classroom-based study courses (with the exception of courses in sport and sport science and activities for general University athletics),
- during all written and oral exams,
- while studying independently in libraries, in the University IT services areas, in classrooms or other campus locations and
- during other University events including in particular during meetings of University bodies in the traffic areas in the room in which the meeting is being held.
Employees may remove their mouth-and-nose coverings once they have reached their workplace in University buildings and while working, provided that the minimum distance of 1.5 meters to employees working in the same room is maintained. Insofar as students and doctoral candidates use laboratory workplaces outside of lectures, the regulation applicable to employees shall apply accordingly.
Detailed information can be found in the current hygiene regulations.
In order to take protective measures for University members, employees suffering from COVID-19 must immediately report the occurrence of disease symptoms or a positive corona test result by the University to the office. Further information and rules of conduct can be found under “Frequently asked questions from employees” (“I am experiencing coronavirus-related symptoms. What should I do” or “My COVID-19 test was positive. What should I do?”) on this website.
Students are asked to inform the university about the occurrence of disease symptoms or a positive corona test result (email@example.com). If students inform the University about the occurrence of typical symptoms of a coronavirus infection or a positive corona test result, their data, including special categories of data in the form of health data, will be processed on the basis of their consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 subpara. 1 letter a, Art. 7, Art. 9 para. 2 no. 1 GDPR. The purpose of the data processing is the localizing possible corona hot spots, timely and efficient prevention of infections within the University of Freiburg and support of the local health authorities. Reporting and consent to data processing are absolutely voluntary. Students also have the right to revoke their consent at any time. In the event that students do not inform the University or do not give or revoke their consent, they will not suffer any disadvantages. Further details can be found in our data protection information.
The University buildings are to be used exclusively for University purposes in accordance with § 6 Corona Ordinance study operations. Access by persons not affiliated with the university is to be limited to the necessary minimum. Employees of external companies must register with the institutions. They must be informed of the measures of these hygiene regulations and are obliged to comply with them.
All University buildings are closed to the public until further notice.
Persons who are or have been in contact with a person infected with the coronavirus, if 10 days have not yet passed since contact, who show typical symptoms of an infection or who do not wear a mouth-and-nose covering, are prohibited from entering all University buildings and from attending all University events.
According to the current state of knowledge, pregnant women do not generally have a higher risk of infection than the general population, nor are they at increased risk of a severe disease progression. However, the possibilities of treatment in case of a severe disease progression in pregnant women are significantly limited compared to the general population. For example, it is often not possible to use drugs and treatment measures without endangering the unborn child. According to the Maternity Protection Act, this represents an unjustified hazard.
For pregnant women who are exposed to increased personal contact (e.g. offices with multiple occupancy, public transport, classroom teaching events, presence meetings, etc.), there is currently still an increased risk of infection. As a rule, this risk cannot be reduced to an acceptable level by technical or organizational measures. A pregnant woman may therefore not be employed or work at these workplaces in the current situation. This also applies without restriction to pregnant students.
Within the framework of the risk assessment, which the University is obliged to prepare immediately after receipt of a notification of pregnancy or lactation, possible risks of infection by SARS-CoV-2 are of course taken into account. In addition, pregnant women and nursing mothers can always seek advice with a recommendation from the company medical service or the safety department. Further information can be found in the information paper (as of April 14, 2020) from the Maternity Protection Committee.
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.
Information on aspects of equality and diversity is currently available at www.diversity.uni-freiburg.de.