COVID-19

This site provides the mse students with important updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic in general and specifically connected to your studies.

Update: 26.05.2022

 

The incidence of infection at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences has weakened to such an extent that we consider it responsible to take further steps towards "normalisation". In society as a whole, this development is referred to as steps towards greater personal responsibility. Specifically, the following changes will now apply from 26.05.2022:
 

  1. The university management continues to recommend the wearing of masks, but no longer makes it mandatory, i.e. it asks all persons to wear a mask inside the buildings if the distance falls below 1.5 metres. Since complete external protection is now no longer ensured after a discontinuation of the general mask requirement, the use of FFP2 masks, which provide effective self-protection, is recommended. The phasing out of mandatory masks means that students have the right to attend all courses without a mask.
     
  2. The university-specific prohibitions on entering the university will expire. Only the legal requirements on isolation and quarantine apply. Tests are no longer obligatory, e.g. when returning after an illness, but are still recommended - also for a regular check of the personal "negative status".

    Departments and faculties can still order self-tests via pandemie@h-da.de and use the rapid test centre in building C20.
     
  3. Reporting obligations of corona diseases remain in place in order to be able to reliably assess the pandemic situation at the university. However, in the event of an infection, please inform your contacts on your own responsibility.
     
  4. Vaccination campaigns at the university will not take place for the time being due to the current lack of demand.

Hygiene rules

As a protective measure - also against influenza -  observe the following hygiene rules:

  • wash hands frequently and thoroughly (also children and adolescents)
  • wear FFP2 masks where it is mandatory
  • cough and sneeze only in a paper handkerchief or the crook of your arm
  • use disposable handkerchiefs and dispose of them in a waste bin after each use
  • no shaking hands, no hugging/kissing on the cheek
  • do not touch your nose, mouth and eyes with your hands (especially after holding on to handles in buses or using door handles, which are touched by many, but also at home)
  • Clean/disinfect your smartphone, mobile phone, tablet etc. regularly
  • Consistently use only your own glasses and cutlery
  • Consistently avoid crowds

How do I know I'm infected?

Like other respiratory pathogens, an infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 can lead to different symptoms. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the course of the disease is very unspecific, diverse and varies greatly, from symptomless progressions to severe pneumonia with lung failure. It is therefore not possible to make any generally valid statements about the "typical" course of the disease.

Please note that to be sure that you are "positive" you need to make a PCR-Test. Rapid tests are not 100 % reliable.

What should I do if I suspect that I am infected with the novel coronavirus? 

From the moment you notice you are experiencing symptoms that often accompany COVID-19, you should self-quarantine at home. Reduce your contact with other persons to the bare minimum, so as not to expose them to the risk of infection. You may only leave the house for medical reasons or to make a PCR-test. Get in touch with your doctor by phone. If you do not have a doctor please ask your fellow students if they can recommend a doctor or take note of the list of Allgemeinmediziner in Darmstadt.

Outside of normal surgery opening hours, you may also call the on-duty medical service by dialling the number 0800 0000837 from anywhere in Germany. Your doctor will decide whether you should be tested for the novel coronavirus and whether, based on your symptoms, you should be treated at a hospital or as an outpatient.

However, do not hesitate to seek medical advice should your medical symptoms worsen (difficulty breathing, high fever). In case of emergency, dial 112.

The test is positive and I have no symptoms - What now?

If you are tested positive then you and all persons living with you in the same household are automatically separated for 14 days from the date of the test (even without any feedback from the health office).

A positive PCR-test must be reported to the health office. Please send  the info-form to the Gesundheitsamt Darmstadt-Dieburg: corona@gesundheitsamt-dadi.de.

If the last 48 hours in your 14 day isolation are free of symptoms, the quarantine ends automatically and without further consultation with the health office.

An additional test in this case is not necessary.

What do I do when I have Symptoms?

How do I behave in case of illness? Who is my contact person? How can I protect myself?

  • In the event of symptoms such as a cold, cough or fever, please always first contact your doctor by telephone, either your doctor or the medical on-call service on 116117 from anywhere in Germany.
  • If you do not have a doctor please ask your fellow students if they can recommend a doctor or take note of the list of Allgemeinmediziner in Darmstadt.
  • You may also contact the Darmstadt Health Office - telephone (06151)33090.
  • The Klinikum Darmstadt, patients are usually only properly cared for when serious symptoms occur (e.g. pneumonia) and there is such a deterioration in physical condition that inpatient admission is necessary.
  • As with a "normal flu", the disease can be cured with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in most cases in the home environment.
  • The Corona test centre in the Bessunger Straße 125, Building D.
    Opening hours:
    Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm.
    In advance, a telephone appointment must be made at Phone number 116 117.

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