Information on the Coronavirus
Current Status: 6 April 2020, 7:00
- Checking cancellation costs (6 April 2020)
- How do I teach in the summer semester? (3 April 2020)
- How do I study in the summer semester? (3 April 2020)
- Video and web conference services (2 April 2020)
- Closure of the libraries - digital services (2 April 2020)
Philipps-Universität Marburg wants to help slow down the further spread of COVID-19. "Stay home" is the key message in this context. At the same time, the university tries to support students, teachers and researchers as much as possible under these difficult conditions.
Web conferences, streaming and learning and teaching platforms like ILIAS will play a special role in the summer semester. The university is expanding the capacities for the technical infrastructure. It offers advice on the use of these technologies in teaching and examinations. The University Library provides lecturers online with materials for their courses. Many people from all parts of the university are involved in the realization of these tasks. Your questions and suggestions are also very important. The questions you send to firstname.lastname@example.org are bundled by a team in the university administration, passed on to experts and answered with their specialist information. The latest information is updated regularly on this page. The team also names contact points where you can find help and advice - even for problems that are not directly related to studying, teaching and research, but arise from isolation.
We hope to make the situation a little better for everyone with this service. We would like to encourage you all: Stay at home alone, but do not stay alone with your questions. Please write to email@example.com. This page will be updated on a regular basis. Please note, that only the German version is binding.
You find an overview of digital aids for teaching and research on the pages of the
Zukunftswerkstatt für digital gestützte Lehre and the Servicezentrum für digitale gestützte Forschung.
Members of the university and their guests are urgently requested to obey the following advice:
Do not shake hands.
Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly – for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm (never into your hand).
Try to avoid touching your face. If you caught viruses on your hands by touching door knobs, tables, etc., the pathogens can easily be transmitted from hands to eyes, mouth or nose and trigger an infection.
Keep sufficient distance (ca. 2 metres) between yourself and other people regardless of whether they show symptoms of a disease. Pay attention to keep sufficient distance also when waiting in front of buildings or lecture / meeting rooms, etc.
Make sure that meetings take place in sufficiently large rooms and that these are well ventilated.
After a longer absence from Marburg, it is advisable to take special care during the first 14 days upon your return to ensure that you do not infect others or get infected yourself.
In addition to these regulations, we ask you to refrain from personal meetings, even in small groups regardless if at work or at home. Please use the telephone, social media, etc as recommended by the health authorities.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Closure of the libraries - digital services (as of 2 April 2020)Closure of the libraries - digital services (as of 2 April 2020)
The University Library tries to offer the best possible service in the current situation and to answer questions. Amongst others, the University Library has expanded its digital services and offers free scanning services for all members of Philipps-Universität until the libraries reopen (MAUSintern, Digi-Wunschbuch). Please find current information on the Corona page of the University Library and in the Twitter account of the University Library.
Due to the "Fourth Ordinance for the Control of the Corona Virus of March 17, 2020" of the Hessian State Government, all libraries of Philipps-Universität will be closed from March 18, 2020, initially until April 19, 2020. (current status: 18 March 2020, 11:00).
The PC pools of the university computer centre will be closed until further notice.
Since public traffic in university buildings is low, external doors are partially closed. Consultations and consultation hours can be arranged by appointment or by telephone or email. The same applies to the submission of term papers and theses; these can also be submitted electronically in PDF format (see "Submission in paperless form").
Until 31st July 2020 there will be no public events, conferences, congresses or further educational courses at the Philipps-Universität. This also applies to university sports activities. The organizers are requested to cancel the events and to take all other necessary steps related.
Employees of the Philipps-Universität also do not take part in external training courses. Participation in the respective events has to be cancelled.
In particular, it is the responsibility of the organizers to
a) immediately inform all participants of the cancellation/postponing decision. Participants have to be informed that all reservations/bookings related to the event need to be cancelled immediately in order to minimize cancellation charges. Also, advise participants to check individually if they are eligible for reimbursement of cancellation charges, and
b) to take all measures themselves to keep the cancellation costs low, and
c) to clarify straight away with third-party funders or sponsors if they agree to cover/finance – or at least partially cover - cancellation costs incurred.
Reimbursement of non-refundable cancellation costs from the University's central funds is only an option once all other reimbursement options have been exhausted and coverage from other funds proves to be unreasonable.
Starting on 17th March 2020, all examinations and e-examinations organized by Philipps-Universität will be cancelled for the time being. These exams will take place at a later stage – dates to be announced.
Excluded from this suspension are:
(1) Oral examinations – please contact your examiner to clarify details
From now on (as of 30th March 2020), oral examinations may also be taken as video conferences, but not as pure telephone conferences. Both candidates and examiners must agree to this; there is no legal entitlement. In addition, candidates must give their consent that their data may be sent by email. The organisation of the oral examination is the examiner's responsibility; the recording of the video conference or other video recordings are not sufficient. The minutes can either be shown in the video conference or announced by email.
The candidates as well as all examiners have to participate, voluntarily assessors, recorders or interested persons may participate, optional participants have to be mute. If no recorder is present, the examiner has to make a protocol of the examination.
To establish the identity of the examinee, the official photo identification can be shown on video. The examinee has to assure that he/she takes the exam on his/her own, that he/she is alone in the room and that no unauthorized aids are available. Should the examination be aborted for technical reasons, this does NOT count as a failed attempt, but the examination is deemed not to have been taken. This can only be determined by the examiner or the chairman of the examination board.
The grade is discussed without the candidate, the explanation of the examination evaluation/notification of the grade is given orally in the video conference afterwards.
If a candidate fails the oral examination in Bachelor's or Master's examinations, he or she confirms orally in the conference that the grade has been explained to him or her.
(2) Examinations within the framework of the ecclesiastical examination as well as the state examination, which are carried out by other examination offices; the decision as to whether and how these examinations are carried out lies with the relevant authorities in charge. We are in discussion with the respective authorities.
The oral examinations for the First State Examination for the teaching profession are suspended until further notice. Lecturers and examination candidates will be informed accordingly directly by the Examination Office in the coming days. The Hessian Ministry of Culture and the Hessian Teachers' Academy are working together on a solution to enable a legally viable degree.
Please find further information and updates on the website of the Examination Office Marburg of the Hessische Lehrkräfteakademie (German).
The oral-practical examination part of the First Section of the Medical Examination Spring 2020 will be postponed with immediate effect (as of March 19, 2020). All examination candidates who have passed the written examination will be admitted to the clinical study section. All examination candidates who have not yet been able to take the oral-practical part of the examination will be admitted to the clinical study section subject to the passing of the oral-practical examination once they have been rescheduled. This has been announced by the Hessian State Examination and Investigation Office in Health Care (HLPUG) in coordination with the Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration.
This regulation only applies to students with a full place of study. Excluded from the regulation are students with a partial place of study and students of dentistry (as of March 19, 2020, 12:00). Information for students with a partial place of study will be published shortly. The Philipps-Universität endeavours to quickly regulate the examination situation in dentistry. Information on rescheduling will follow in due course.
In order to keep the impact on the study progress as small as possible, the following has been agreed:
(1) Students who want to switch to a Marburg master's program on April 1st and who only lack exams from this examination period are allowed to take master modules in the summer semester. Details and specific rules for enrollment will be announced shortly.
(2) Students who wish to switch to a Master's program at another university should contact the admissions office there. Ask whether there is a possibility to take up studies despite the delayed examination. If necessary, contact your local Deans of Studies.
(3) For modules (including the final thesis) that require the exams that have now been skipped, this requirement will be waived in the coming summer and winter semesters.
(4) The exams will be re-scheduled as soon as possible in order to ensure completion in the summer semester and an orderly transition to modules and follow-up courses in the coming winter semester.
(5) The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has given assurances that BAföG recipients will not experience any disadvantages from canceling the exam period due to the corona pandemic.
The Presidential Board has decided that, with the exception of state examination papers, all submission deadlines for term papers and final papers with individual deadlines set for 16.03.2020 or later will be extended by 21 days. This will compensate for the reduced services provided by the libraries and for delays caused by contact-reducing measures.
This deadline extension does not apply to scientific papers in the context of the state examinations. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the relevant examination offices. Student teachers can also contact the Center for Teacher Education for advice.
Please note: Even though deadlines for written examinations and final theses have been postponed from winter semester 2019/2020 to a later date, they will still be credited in the examination period of the winter semester 2019/2020. If students have to take no further exams other than the postponed ones, they do not necessarily need to re-register for the 2020 summer semester.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Submission of homework papers and theses in paperless formSubmission of homework papers and theses in paperless form
Due to the closure of many shops, homework papers and final theses can no longer be printed or bound. Therefore, for the time being, it is possible to submit these as PDFs by mail, addressed to the examination offices or your examiners, regardless of the examination regulations. Pages that require a signature should be printed out, signed accordingly and then either be scanned or photographed. Please attach these signed pages along with your PDF papers/theses. The examination offices are instructed to accept papers/theses as PDFs. Dissertations are to be submitted to the library by post as from 23rd March 2020 only.
All students who have a (provisional) admission to a Graduate Program at Philipps-Universität for the summer semester 2020 can enroll for the semester as planned and start their studies as soon as the courses start. The university is making every effort to ensure that all new students have a smooth start in Marburg.
The deadline for the final submission of the bachelor´s certificate has been postponed to 26th August 2020. The date on the certificate does not count. This applies to both, internal and external bachelor graduates.
Internal bachelor graduates who have applied for a master`s program at another university have the security option to double-enroll if for example they are afraid they might fail. In Hesse the share of administration costs at one of the universities can be waived in this case and the ticket share can be reimbursed in accordance with the regulations of the AStA. Once the relevant exams have been passed, enrollment can be withdrawn up to one month after the start of the lecture period.
As from 18th March classroom teaching will be suspended. With the beginning of the lecture period, attendance lectures are replaced by guided and structured self-study and online offers.
All students who have stayed in a COVID-19 risk area within the last 14 days, regardless if for university courses or for private reasons, are requested not to enter the facilities of the Philipps-Universität as well as the canteens until 14 days after their stay. Please also note the regulations on general conduct as stated above.
Such resulting absences are not to be valued detrimentally to the overall success of studies, only if the place of residence is / was declared a risk area during the stay. For this purpose, students have to provide appropriate proof of their stay.
Students who come to Philipps-Universität within exchange programs, as well as students from Marburg who are currently taking part in an exchange program abroad or returning from their mobility period, will be informed by the International Office, in consultation with the responsible contact person of the departments or institutions.
To find out whether you have stayed in a risk area, please see the Robert Koch Institute's (RKI) notes on risk areas.
Students of the Philipps University who learn that they have been in contact with an infected person are not allowed to enter the facilities of the Philipps University or the canteens for 14 days after the contact. In accordance with the recommendations of the Health Department, please reduce your social contacts to a minimum at the university as well as privately.
Due to the infection protection measures, the orientation units cannot take place in the summer semester 2020.
Business trips to the risk areas defined by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) cannot be approved; permits already issued for upcoming business trips to these areas are no longer valid. No further reason or proof is required for the settlement of cancellation fees (see below).
For all other business trips, the superiors and the business travelers have to question in each individual case whether the business trip is absolutely necessary. Priority should be given to examining alternative communication options like phone or video conferencing. If a business trip is inevitably necessary, you should travel with a company car or with a private car – both without passengers - if possible. The use of public transport should be avoided.
When it comes to travel expense claims, it can be assumed that there are compelling reasons for using a private car within the meaning of Section 6 chapter 1 of the Hesse Travel Expenses Act and a travel allowance of EUR 0.35 will be granted.
All trips requiring authorization are considered to be official trips: conferences, congresses, research visits, excursions etc. Employees of the Philipps University are generally prohibited from taking part in external training events. Participation must be canceled.
If you do not go on a business trip that has already been approved or, for example, cancel a conference, you must first check whether or not cancellation costs have to be paid in the individual case. Under certain circumstances, cancellation regulations which are stipulated in corresponding contracts are not applicable because the Corona crisis is to be regarded as "force majeure" and therefore the contractors cannot claim any cancellation costs. Therefore, the legal department must check in each individual case whether cancellation costs can be claimed at all. Only then are costs billable. If the business trip is to be financed by third-party funds, please clarify first with the funding agency whether the cancellation costs can be settled.
Reimbursement of non-cancellation costs from the University`s central funds is only an option once all other reimbursement options have been exhausted and coverage from other funds proves to be unreasonable.
Employees of the Phlipps-University who have stayed in a COVID-19 risk area within the last 14 days, regardless if for business or for private reasons, are requested not to enter the facilities of the Philipps-Universität as well as the canteens until 14 days after their stay. Please reduce your social contacts outside the university also to a minimum in accordance with the recommendations of the public health department.
Contact your superior immediately after your return to discuss if you can work from home until the 14-day period expires. If this is not possible and no alternative tasks can be assigned, your superior will grant a leave of absence. Superiors are requested to inform the HR department of the arrangement made.
In order to determine whether you have been staying in a risk area, please consult the information of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on risk areas.
Employees of the Philipps Universität who learn that they have been in contact with an infected person are not allowed to enter the facilities of the Philipps University or the canteens for 14 days after the contact. In accordance with the recommendations of the Health Department, please reduce your social contacts who are especially at risk of infection to a minimum even outside the university.
Contact your superior immediately after your return to discuss if you can work from home until the 14-day period expires. If this is not possible and no alternative tasks can be assigned, your superior will grant a leave of absence. Superiors are requested to inform the HR department of the arrangement made.
In case of illness all employees have to contact their department on the first day of absense. The submission of a sick certificate has now been extend to 8 days.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Take laptops and mobile devices with youTake laptops and mobile devices with you
All employees of Philipps-Universität who have a laptop or other mobile devices for work must take these devices home when they leave work.
In order to help minimize the risk of infection kids cannot be brought along to work to the university.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Regulations for temporary home office work or leaveRegulations for temporary home office work or leave
On 18th March 2020 Philipps-Universität decided upon regulations for home office work for all faculty departments and centers as well as for the administrative departments and central facilities (central library / IT-department) in order to minimize the risk of infection. Tasks that can be done from home should be shifted to home work, provided that the fulfilment of tasks and services as well as basic operations can still be largely guaranteed. Any home office arrangement shall be set up and agreed upon flexibly and with very little bureaucracy. It is the respective superiors' responsibility to determine whether presence at work is required or if home office work can maintain basic operations.
Please note: This is a provisional regulation that can be changed at any time if external conditions make changes necessary. This may also include – for example – having to take on tasks which are not part of your job description. It is the superiors´ responsibility to ensure that major damages to research operations and significant failures in teaching operations are avoided as far as possible, even if cases of illness increase significantly.
Specifically the following rules apply:
1. Currently, superiors are entitled to provisionally allow home office work if they feel that working from home is compatible with the basic operation they are currently aiming for. Naturally, persons who belong to one of the risk groups defined by the state government (see below) should be given priority when allocating home office work, whereby persons who have a combination of several of these risk factors must be clearly preferred. Please contact your superior and discuss your individual situation confidentially. People who have to look after children should be treated similarly to people who belong to a medical risk group.
The same applies to persons who have relatives in need of care. Pregnant women should also be given priority, if they wish so, even though they are not classified as a risk group according to the guidelines of the state government and the recommendations of the RKI (as of 17th March 2020).
2. Protection of data privacy is a precondition for any home office work and this has to be checked by the superiors. The provision of necessary computers / notebooks is the responsibility of the respective departments. As an interim solution, until a suitable computer is available, homework tasks can be carried out that are not initially dependent on a work computer. As VPN capacity is limited, please connect to the university network via VPN only if the currently used it-services require this.
The following applies to employees of the university administration: Logging into the university data network via VPN (e.g. to connect drives) with a private computer is generally not permitted.
3. The timings / office hours for working from home have to be discussed with the superior. It is necessary to ensure responsiveness and to provide a contact telephone number. Working hours are to be organized as flexible as possible. Employees provided with teleworking facilities are to work from home on all working days. Necessary days of presence in the office are to be coordinated. The superiors determine the extent to which, in exceptional cases, it should be possible to forward business calls to a private or mobile business phone. Alternatively, please record a message on your mailbox that callers should contact you by mail in order for you to be able to return their call.
4. If working from home is not or only temporarily possible, superiors have to ensure that the risk of infection is kept to a minimum. This may include that activities that are not urgently required are to be avoided or that duties are being carried out in a low-infection manner.
5. The following applies to *employees with flextime arrangements*: In general, the time corridor in which working time can be registered and credited is extended to the time between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. The obligation to adhere to the core hours is no longer applicable. Nevertheless, the necessary responsiveness of each organizational unit has to be guaranteed. As from February 2020 the monthly limits for plus- or minus-working-hours have been suspended until further notice. Flextime credits can be reduced by the hour or on more than 3 flextime days per month. Any accumulated minus hours can be compensated until the end of the year. For each working day in the home office, the regular working time is credited to the flextime account. A separate notification or a separate proof is not required. Overtime hours cannot be claimed in this case. If an employee comes to the office for a full working day, the hours are to be registered as usual. If employees only come to the office only for a short period, i.e. for a meeting and continue working from home afterwards, the time in the office should not be registered separately. In this case the whole working day is to be seen as a home office day.
6. Temporary leave from work
If tasks cannot be carried out in home office work and cannot be performed in any other way due to (voluntary) quarantine or childcare, the superiors may release the employee from work with continued remuneration. Granting leave for special reasons is in the responsibility of the superior(s) and must be agreed in writing (email). Please note: There is no entitlement to the extension of a fixed-term employment contract for the period of release from work due to these extraordinary reasons (as per the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract - so called Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz). The HR department has to be informed by email of each individual temporary leave agreement.
7. Information for student and research assistants
The regulations for home office work as well as for temporary leave with continued remuneration apply for student and research assistants in the same was as for employees:
If it is not possible to work at the regular workplace, contact your superior and discuss whether temporary home work is possible. If tasks cannot be carried out in home office work and cannot be performed in any other way due to (voluntary) quarantine or childcare, the superior may release the student/research assistant from work with continued remuneration. Those student / research assistants whose work is presently not required due to shorter opening times or closure of facilities are still remunerated as contractually agreed. The HR department has to be informed by email of each individual temporary leave agreement.
If a quarantine has been ordered by the health authorities, the superior should be contacted first and be asked where the corresponding document is to be sent to. The superior can request that tasks are to be carried out (as far as possible) from home.
If employees stay at home without a formal order from the health authorities (e.g. a household member of the employee has been officially quarantined), please inform your superior of the circumstances first. Also in this case, the superior has to assess whether homework is possible. If homework is not possible, the superiors may release the employee from work with continued remuneration. The rules and regulations for temporary leave from work apply accordingly.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen How do I study in the summer semester? (as of 2 April 2020)How do I study in the summer semester? (as of 2 April 2020)
Lecturers at the Philipps-Universität are working hard to put together a comprehensive range of courses and studies, even under the special circumstances of this summer semester, to ensure that students have a smooth semester.
The lecture period is expected to begin on April 20, 2020. Presence lectures will initially be replaced by guided and structured self-study and online offers. To this end, Philipps-Universität will provide a comprehensive range of technical and organisational support. All students can already get information on the following pages:
The ILIAS team of the HRZ offers in its blog, among other things, tips for student working groups on cooperation (section "Scenarios for students"). ILIAS is a toolbox for digital teaching. On this page students will find information and an overview of digital eLearning tools, for example on organisation and collaboration. These can be used in the self-administered student workspace in the learning platform ILIAS. For digital meetings the web conference services DFN and Cisco Webex.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Does personal study councelling take place?Does personal study councelling take place?
Personal consultation hours are presently limited to urgent exceptional cases. Instead, please obtain information by e-mail and telephone for the time being.
Study-phone: +49 6421 28-22222
Registrar's office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions by students with international qualifications:
Questions regarding master study programms: email@example.com
General study councelling: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No. The Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts decided that the start of lectures for the summer semester will be postponed from 14.04. to 20.04. (as of 13 March 2020).
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Video and web conference servicesVideo and web conference services
The use of web conference services has risen sharply. Although DFN-Verein is greatly expanding the capacity of the Pexip service, there are still occasional bottlenecks in the creation of new meetings and restrictions in the establishment of connections to current or planned meetings during peak usage times on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at present (as of April 2, 2020). DFN-Verein therefore recommends that meetings and events be held outside these time slots whenever possible.
In addition to the DFNconf service, members of the university are allowed to use the Cisco Webex conference service as a communication platform for a limited period of time. With the Cisco Webex conference service, organizers of online meetings must be registered with their e-mail address before they can create and invite online meetings. A registration as an organiser with the Webex conference service is possible using a web form linked on the web conference services page of HRZ. You will then receive an invitation e-mail from the Webex service, which you can use to activate your organiser access. For support please contact the IT administrators in your departments.
No registration is required to participate in an online meeting. Invited participants can join the meeting via the Cisco Webex App or directly from the browser on their PC or laptop. Alternatively, participation in an online meeting is possible via mobile devices or telephone dial-in.
In the next few days (as of 2 April 2020), Webex will be expanded to include another service, which is managed by the HRZ, so that three services will then be available.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen How do I teach in the summer semester? (as of 2 April 2020)How do I teach in the summer semester? (as of 2 April 2020)
Due to the corona epidemic, classroom teaching will have to be replaced by other formats in the 2020 summer semester, at least for the time being. Philipps-Universität Marburg is aware of the challenge posed by this requirement and has supplemented and expanded its range of digitally supported teaching accordingly:
In order to enable synchronous teaching, i.e. real-time teaching (with interaction possibilities), teachers have been able to use the video conferencing tool DFN and the tool Cisco Webex since April 2020. As an open source solution, Big Blue Button will be available from the week before Easter. These three tools meet all necessary requirements for data protection and IT security.
For asynchronous teaching, i.e. prepared videos, materials and self-study units for students, the capacities of the teaching-learning platform ILIAS will be expanded. In its virtual ideas room, the future workshop for digitally supported teaching (Zukunftswerkstatt für digital gestützte Lehre) offers numerous aids, didactic concepts and examples for the design of digital teaching. The university computer centre also works on integrating streaming possibilities into ILIAS.
Books and articles needed for teaching can be scanned or delivered on demand just like all other stocks of the university library. On the pages of the University Library you will find more details. The University Computer Centre provides information about all topics concerning IT security in the home office.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Participation in project working groups / meetings?Participation in project working groups / meetings?
Working or project group meetings are part of everyday scientific life. The number of persons is manageable (one to lower two-digit range) and the participants are known.
In order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, it is necessary to keep up physical distance during these meetings as well. In genreral, meetings should therefore be replaced by telephone calls, teleconferences or video conferences. If this is not possible and the meetings cannot be postponed, it is important to ensure that sufficiently large rooms (for about 5 to 6 times the number of people) are available.
In general, the risk reduction measures of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) must be taken into account for any kind of meeting. The restrictions of the Philipps-Universität for travel to and return from risk areas has to be observed.
A 15-minute intensive conversation without a safe distance in a room with a sick person is considered to be "high risk of infection".
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Can personal consultation hours be waived?Can personal consultation hours be waived?
Personal consultation hours should only take place in exceptional cases for the time being. Please check which of your personal consultation hours can be allocated for mail or phone consultations and announce these changes accordingly on your website and blackboard.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Can I still have lunch with others and use the tea kitchen?Can I still have lunch with others and use the tea kitchen?
It is very important that employees keep as much physical distance from each other as possible. This applies not only to working hours, but also to breaks, especially the use of social rooms, tea kitchens etc. Here, too, the following applies: The joint presence in a room is only possible if a minimum distance of 2 metres is maintained. The university management is aware that this is a hard cut in social interaction, but it is necessary in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen How can I recognise a possible infection by the coronavirus?How can I recognise a possible infection by the coronavirus?
Coughing and a temperature are frequent symptoms of an infection by this new coronavirus. Further information can be found on the website of the Health Authority of Marburg.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen What should I do if I believe that I may have contracted the coronavirus?What should I do if I believe that I may have contracted the coronavirus?
Whoever has a suspicion that they might have contracted the coronavirus should immediately contact the public health authority in charge or the emergency medical service (nationwide telephone number: 116 117).
Please do not turn up unannounced at a medical practice, call them first and clarify the proceedings. Pay attention to and follow the signs to the infections entrance at the hospital.
Further information can be found on the website of the Health Authority of Marburg.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen If I am ill, can the university help me to complete my list of contacts for the health authorities?If I am ill, can the university help me to complete my list of contacts for the health authorities?
In case you fall ill with COVID-19, the responsible public health department will carry out a contact tracing. In this case, you are welcome to contact us via the e-mail address email@example.com. As far as we are able and legally allowed, we will support you or the public health department in tracing the group of persons.
In order to be prepared for this situation, it is advisable to keep a diary so that you can keep track of which meetings/contacts you have had in the last few days.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen How can I reach the health authorities?How can I reach the health authorities?
The health department of the district of Marburg-Biedenkopf has set up a Corona-hotline. You can reach the hotline on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on 06421 405-4444. Further information can be found on the website of the Health Authority of Marburg.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Where can I find up-to-date information on the coronavirus?Where can I find up-to-date information on the coronavirus?
Current information on the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which is the cause of the illness COVID-19, can be obtained through the websites of the following institutions:
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Do face masks and disinfectants help?Do face masks and disinfectants help?
According to the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA), there is insufficient evidence that wearing mouth-nose protection reduces the risk of infection for healthy people. According to the WHO, wearing a mask in situations where this is not recommended can create a misleading sense of security and can subsequently lead to negligence of central hygiene measures such as good hand hygiene.
Wearing a mouth-nose mask (e.g. a surgical face mask) can be useful for a person who is suffering from an acute respiratory infection and who has to move around in public. In such a case the face mask can reduce the risk of droplet infection for others, caused when coughing or sneezing (third party protection).
For an effective cleaning of the hands, the BZgA recommends thorough washing with water and soap. Disinfectants should be reserved for areas where there are special hygienic requirements, e.g. in animal husbandry or health care.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Can hand disinfection products be made available in WC areas at the university?Can hand disinfection products be made available in WC areas at the university?
Due to severe supply shortages it is impossible to service WC areas with hand disinfection products. Please pay close attention to the hygiene tips on how to thoroughly wash hands recommended by the Federal Centre for Health Education (Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung, Hygienetipps).
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen How can I deal with fears, domestic isolation and quarantine?How can I deal with fears, domestic isolation and quarantine?
The current quarantine and isolation regulations present an unusual challenge and psychological strain for many people. In addition, many people are worried about their own health or that of their fellow human beings. The following information and advice can help you manage your daily life, protect your mental health and get help in crises.
Information from the professional Association of German Psychologists (German)
Information sheet (PDF) of the Professional Association of Austrian Psychologists (German)
Article from the Clinic for Crisis Psychology Bergen, Norway (English)
BBC article 'How to protect your mental health" (English)
Counselling by telephone (Telefonseelsorge Marburg, German)
Women's emergency call (Frauennotruf Marburg, German)