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    Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) - Instructions and Information for All Members at JMU

    Dear students and lecturers, dear staff members,

    Protecting the health of all members of our University is a top priority for Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) during the coronavirus outbreak, as is avoiding disadvantages for our students as well as our teaching, research and administrative staff. In an effort to maintain the continuity of teaching at JMU, we will shift from face-to-face teaching to remote learning in the 2020 summer semester. We are developing new solutions and will make available more resources for remote learning for all subjects. Working from home is not suitable for all types of position in research and administration. Staff members who continue to work on site must follow all hygiene and social distancing instructions.

    We are aware that the current situation is challenging for each and every one of you and would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your commitment and flexibility.

    See below for up-to-date information about the coronavirus crisis as well as rules and instructions for the members of JMU. Please follow them to protect yourself and others from becoming ill.

    If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us on the details below.

    Kind regards,

    The JMU Covid-19 Task Force
    Prof. Dr. Alfred Forchel, Dr. Uwe Klug, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Holzgrabe, Prof. Dr. Andrea Szczesny

    Current Risk Assessment

    The risk of exposure to Sars-CoV-2 for people in Germany is being assessed by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL, information available in German only) on an ongoing basis.

    1. The following persons (staff members, students, visitors, etc.) have been banned from entering JMU premises for a period of 14 days:

    • Persons who have been to an area that had already been included in the RKI’s list of high-risk areas at the time they were there.
    • Persons who have been to an area that was added to the RKI’s list of high-risk areas within 14 days from their return from that area.

    The relevant period starts 14 days prior to the date on which the area in question was added to the RKI’s list of high-risk areas.
    Example: The RKI added South Tyrol to its list of high-risk areas on Thursday, 5 March 2020. This means that the relevant period starts on 20 February 2020.

    2. In-person contacts must be avoided throughout the University. This means that, wherever possible, all communication - even among individuals who are working at the same Department, Unit or Chair - must be electronic. All staff members are asked to work from home.

    3. In-person contacts with the public have been suspended until further notice. Information will only be provided over the phone or per email.

    • On 20 March 2020, the Bavarian State Ministry of Public Health and Care Services imposed a temporary curfew in Bavaria. That curfew will be in place for an initial period of two weeks.
    • Everyone should reduce physical and social contacts with others, except for persons who are living in the same household, to an absolute minimum.
    • Persons must keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from one another.
    • People will be allowed to leave their homes only if they have a valid reason for doing so. In particular, a valid reason is deemed to exist when people need to go to work.
    • The police will monitor compliance with the curfew. Persons who are stopped by the police will have to provide evidence of the existence of valid reasons for leaving their homes.
    • Your immediate supervisor can issue you with a letter that confirms that you need to go to work. All university professors and junior professors have received this confirmation per email.

    Hygiene Recommendations

    To avoid becoming infected with the novel coronavirus, it is important that you practise good hygiene routines:

    • Wash hands? YES
    • Shake hands? NO
    • When you are coughing or sneezing, maintain a distance and turn away from others.
    • If you don’t have a tissue at hand, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
    • Throw away used tissues immediately.
    • Maintain a distance of more than 1.5 meters when you speak to others.
    • Open windows to air rooms at regular intervals.

    Follow the five-step hand washing routine:

    1. Wet your hands under running water.
    2. Scrub your hands well with soap. Don’t forget the backs, fingertips, thumbs, between fingers and under the nails. Liquid soap is more hygienic than bar soap.
    3. Rub your hands together for 20 to 30 seconds to lather the soap.
    4. Rinse your hands under running water. In public toilets, use a paper towel or your elbow to turn off the tap.
    5. Dry your hands. Don’t forget between fingers. In public toilets, use paper towels. At home, you should not share towels with others.