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Information about the Coronavirus

Letter from the President (18.03.2020)

 

Dear students,

 

Nobody can accurately predict how long this unusual situation will last. What is for sure is that the corona pandemic is having a considerable impact on public life - of course, also at PFH’s campuses. We hope that you and your families are doing well.

 

In this e-mail we would like to give you some very important updates. Campus teaching and all other events on PFH campuses will be discontinued until further notice. Thanks to PFH’s hybrid approach with on-campus teaching and online courses, we are able to ensure teaching in the summer semester 2020 by offering courses online. We are therefore planning to start the summer semester in Göttingen and Stade as scheduled. As soon as the crisis situation is lifted, we will smoothly switch back to on-campus mode.

 

Even though we have currently switched the operation of PFH to an emergency mode, all contact persons, most of whom will be working from home, will still be available for you by e-mail. Therefore, please refrain from coming to campus. All facilities will be closed. The international office will however be available via the usual contact channels: WhatsApp, mobile, Skype, telephone and email.

 

Please pay attention to the information of the examination office in the document on myPFH!

 

While the protection of our students' and employees' health is our highest priority, let us please continue keeping the sick and the elderly in mind. Therefore, we would like to appeal to you: Please follow the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute, take care of yourself, your families and friends.

 

We are confident that we will overcome this crisis together.

 

With best regards on behalf of the entire PFH team

 

Your Frank Albe

 

 

Further Information

We are in regular contact with the responsible authorities and ministries and, based on the current recommendations, we would like to not only encourage mutual attention but also give you some concrete guidelines to follow.

 

 

What should I do if I have just returned from a trip?

Here we have to differentiate:

  1. If you are ill with unspecific general symptoms (e.g. fever, muscle aches, diarrhoea) or acute respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, cold) and have stayed in a risk area in the last 14 days before the onset of these symptoms or
  2. If you suffer from the above-mentioned symptoms and have had contact with a CORONA patient, you should stay at home and immediately contact your family doctor / general practitioner by telephone or contact the on-call service of the so-called “kassenärztlicher Bereitschaftsdienst” (Tel. 116117) to discuss the further procedure.
  3. If you have had contact with a person suffering from corona disease within the last 14 days, please contact the health office (Göttingen / Stade) immediately, even if you do not show any of the above symptoms.
  4. If you yourself have been in a risk area or if you have been in contact with someone who has been in a risk area within the last 14 days, regardless of symptoms, you are advised to stay at home for 14 days and avoid unnecessary contact with others.
  5. If you have not come from a risk area and have not had any contact with a corona sufferer or anyone who has been in a risk area within the last 14 days, you should proceed as usual with colds and should not need to take any additional precautions other than the usual hygiene measures.

 

 

How do I best protect myself and others?

First of all, keep yourself updated.

Secondly, avoid any travels, especially to the risk areas.

Last, and most certainly not least, pay attention to thorough hygiene. Sars-CoV-2 is transmitted by droplet infection - the risk of infection can be reduced with the usual hygiene measures (it doesn’t harm to list them): Avoid unnecessary physical contact with people, especially if they are coughing or sneezing; generally, when greeting avoid shaking hands, hugging or kissing. Try to avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes. Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm or a disposable handkerchief (ideally throw it away in a bin outside or flush it down a toilet, but don’t throw it away in room). Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and disinfectant.

 

 

How can I best stay informed?

Information on the virus and the most frequently asked questions can be found on the pages of:

The German Federal Centre for Health Education

The Robert Koch Institute

The German Federal Foreign

The German Federal Ministry of Health

 

Finally, please do not hesitate to contact the International Office, no matter how trivial you think the issue might be. In case of emergency, you can call Stefan Zammit: +49 (0) 551 54700-127. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.