Further Information concerning the coronavirusAdvice for prevention

We, 04. March 2020

The number of persons infected with the coronavirus 2019-nCoV has risen in recent days. Furthermore, there are cases of infection in Baden-Württemberg. Aalen University is in close contact with the responsible authorities to take suitable measures if needed. Students who have been planning an exchange in regions affected by the virus will get help and assistance in searching for alternatives, if they have to reschedule or cancel their stay.

In view of the risk of an infection with the Corona virus, we recommend the following behavior:

Students, staff and other persons who have stayed in a risk area within the last 14 days, regardless of whether they show symptoms or not, are urgently requested to stay at home for the time being. Affected employees are requested to contact the Human Resources Department. Individual solutions will then be sought and it will be examined whether teleworking is possible, for example.

Affected persons are those who have stayed in northern Italy in South-Tirol, in the province of Lodi in the Lombardy region and in the city of Vo in the province of Padua in the Veneto region or in risk areas in China (the province of Hubei including the city of Wuhan and the cities of Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Taizhou in the province of Zhejiang), in Iran in the province of Ghom and in South Korea in the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, North Gyeongsang. The list of risk areas can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute and is updated regularly.

To prevent the coronavirus from spreading further, Baden-Württemberg’s Social Services Ministry (Sozialministerium) offers the following measures:

If you are developing a fever, a cough or breathing-troubles within 14 days after returning from an area of risk or after having had contact with an infected person:

  • avoid all unnecessary contacts
  • stay at home, if possible
  • when coughing or sneezing, keep your distance from other persons and turn away from them; cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm or use a tissue that you should immediately dispose of afterwards
  • do wash your hands regularly with water and soap, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • visit a doctor after having made an appointment via phone with an indication to your recent journey

Robert Koch-Institut is currently judging the dangers towards the health of the German public as moderate. Nevertheless, people without symptoms should be following these hygiene measures to prevent infections in general. You will also find all measures and information on the informative graphic 

(source: Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung, BZgA, infektionsschutz,de, http://www.infektionsschutz.de/mediathek/infografiken, CC BY-NC-ND).

You will find further information under the following links:

Robert Koch-Institut

Ministerium für Soziales und Integration des Landes Baden-Württemberg

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA)

Auswärtiges Amt