COVID-19 FAQs

Dear Members of the University Community,

This page provides the Rectorate’s answers to your questions regarding measures that have been introduced at the University of Greifswald during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit this page regularly to keep up to date. The Rectorate will continue to inform you of important changes and supplementary information via circulars.

Thank you for your willingness to cooperate and your understanding.

Please also keep up to date with the State Government’s measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 [de] in MV.

Update 20/09/2021, 1.55 p.m.

20/09/2021: The English translation of the Information about holding events on site was added
16/09/2021: The English translation of the Hygiene and Safety Plan was added.
13/09/2021: The section "Which rules apply on campus?" was updated and the new data collection form and affirmation of self-test was added. The information regarding the quarantine regulations was updated.



Which rules apply on campus?


Students with masks - Photo: Lukas-Voigt, 2020

Face coverings on campus

It is obligatory to wear a face covering, medical face mask (e.g. surgical masks that comply with EN 14683) or professional face mask (that complies with the appendix to the Coronavirus-Schutzmasken-Verordnung - SchutzmV (Coronavirus Protective Mask Ordinance), as amended from time to time, e.g. FFP2 masks) in all university buildings unless explicit exceptions have been made.

Exceptions

Face coverings are not compulsory

  • for persons who are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical or psychological impairment or a disability, and are able to prove this with a medical certificate (in the form of a qualifiziertes Attest); these persons must keep a minimum distance of two metres between themselves and others; 
  • for lecturers and persons holding presentations during classes/courses as long as they are able to keep a minimum distance of at least three metres between themselves and the other participants;
  • for members of staff who are in an office by themselves;
  • for members of staff, who work in offices with several workstations, as long as there is a minimum area of 10 square metres for every person in the room and it is made sure that the rooms are aired regularly;
  • at the workstation, as long as a minimum distance of 1.5 metres can be observed at all times between all of the persons in the room

How can I protect myself and others?
  • If you show any signs of a respiratory illness, make sure you stay at home.
  • Observe at least 1.5 metres distance to others.
  • Practise good hand hygiene:
    • Regular and thorough washing of hands (for at least 20 seconds)
    • Thorough drying of hands with paper towels
    • Do not shake hands etc. with others.
  • Only cough or sneeze into your elbow (not into your hands or handkerchiefs/tissues)
  • Keep your hands away from your face as much as possible.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • In addition to keeping your distance and practising good hand hygiene, wear a tight-fitting face covering (surgical mask made with barrier fabric).
Which rules apply to entering Mecklenburg-Vorpommern?

Members of the university community and visiting academics, who are subject to compulsory quarantine on arrival/return to Greifswald must please inform the University’s Coronavirus Crisis Team by sending an email to coronauni-greifswaldde indicating the date of arrival.

When am I subject to compulsory quarantine?

Quarantine is compulsory after contact with an infected person in the following situations:

  • Close contact (<1.5 m, close range) for longer than 10 minutes without adequate protection (adequate protection = infected person and person with whom s/he has been in direct contact wore a face covering or FFP2 mask correctly and for the entire period)
  • Chat with an infected person (face-to-face contact, <1.5 m, irrespective of the length of the chat) without adequate protection (adequate protection = infected person and person with whom s/he has been in direct contact wore a face covering or FFP2 mask correctly and for the entire period)
  • Infected person and person with whom s/he has been in direct contact have been in the same room at the same time, most probably with a high concentration of infectious aerosols, irrespective of the observed distance for >10 minutes, even if a face covering or FFP2 mask (beyond health and safety regulations) was worn correctly for the entire period

The following persons are not subject to compulsory quarantine:

  • Persons who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (14 days after the second vaccination for the vaccines that are currently approved in Germany and recommended by the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO)) when they had direct contact with someone belonging to the group of persons defined under I. (persons who are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2)
  • Persons who have recovered from a SARS-CoV-2 infection that had been confirmed by a PCR test and if the direct contact occurred within 6 months after the previous SARS-CoV-2 infection had been confirmed
  • Persons who have recovered from a SARS-CoV-2 infection that had been confirmed by a PCR test and who have received one vaccination (even if the direct contact occurred more than 6 months after the previous SARS-CoV-2 infection)

You can find the full German text of the district’s current valid General Ruling [de] here; please pay special attention to the information regarding the instructions for contact persons to enter quarantine and the existing obligation for persons who are ill and contact persons to cooperate. 

Inform the Coronavirus Crisis Team (coronauni-greifswaldde) of compulsory quarantine in accordance with the provisions of the general ruling.

What do I need to do if my infection has been confirmed / I test positive?
  • You must observe the quarantine measures issued by the respective Public Health Office. If you are in the District of Vorpommern-Greifswald, please take note of the district’s information [de], in particular the regulations stipulated in the general ruling concerning the quarantine regulations and duty to cooperate for persons who are ill and the persons with whom they have been in direct contact. This stipulates that infected persons and the persons with whom they have been in direct contact must immediately enter quarantine. Infected persons must immediately inform the persons with whom they have been in direct contact and notify them regarding this obligation.
  • Inform the University’s Coronavirus Crisis Team immediately if you have tested positive (coronauni-greifswaldde). Please indicate whether you are a student or employee at the University.
  • Employees: If applicable, inform your line manager/superior and follow the instructions provided in the reporting chain. Who have you been in direct contact with at the University and how intensive was your contact on the two days prior to the outbreak of symptoms or taking the test?
  • Students: Please inform the Crisis Team of the courses/classes, sessions of university bodies, consultation hours etc. that you attended on the two days prior to the start of symptoms or taking the test.
  • You may only return to the University after the quarantine period has ended and you have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.
What should I do if I am showing acute signs of illness?
  • Follow the information provided in the guidelines for the general public issued by the Robert Koch Institute.
  • In the District of Vorpommern-Greifswald, please take note of the district’s information, in particular with regard to the compulsory 14-day period of quarantine for contact persons and the existing duty to cooperate.
  • The University’s premises and buildings must not be accessed until you have fully recovered.
  • ​​​​​​​Contact the on-call medical services (116 117) or your general practitioner over the phone to find out whether you ought to have a medical examination; this applies, in particular, if you have been to an international risk area in the last 14 days or have entered Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from a risk area within Germany.
  • Inform the Crisis Team and, if applicable, your line manager/superior if you have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronauni-greifswaldde).
What should I do if I receive a warning from the Corona-Warn-App?

Please contact the District of Vorpommern-Greifswald’s public helpline under +49 3834 8760 2300 (Monday to Friday 8.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.) or via email to coronakreis-vgde
Alternatively, please contact your general practitioner. If you have been instructed to observe certain measures, please inform your line manager/superior and the University’s Crisis Team (coronauni-greifswaldde).

When do I need to inform the Rectorate?

Please inform the University’s Coronavirus Crisis Team (coronauni-greifswaldde or by calling +49 3834 420 1104, Mr. Benedict), if

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19;
  • the Gesundheitsamt (Public Health Office) has instructed you to go into quarantine/to self-isolate at home following contact to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19;
  • you have entered Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from an international risk area;
  • you have entered Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from high-risk areas in other federal states (incidence of 200 and above) and are subject to compulsory quarantine. Persons who are subject to compulsory quarantine are those persons that
    • have a residence or usually reside in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
    • and who have travelled to a high-risk area for private reasons,
    • but, who have neither visited their immediate family nor spent time there due to joint custody of a child or visiting rights.

Of course we will handle the information you have provided confidentially.

What kind of help is available at the University?

The Chairs of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, and Clinical and Physiological Psychology/Psychotherapy are providing psychological support to help those affected come to terms with these straining situations. Please visit the chairs’ specific webpages [de] to find out more about the support on offer.
The Studierendenwerk (Student Services) provides psychological support to students.

COVID-19: Do I have it and what should I do?

COVID-19: Do I have it and what should I do?

The Robert Koch Institute’s poster provides you with guidance. It contains information about the virus and important steps that should be taken for persons showing typical symptoms related to COVID-19: important general rules, advice over the telephone, medical healthcare and possible tests for SARS-CoV-2.


Information event SARS-CoV-2

An information event on the current coronavirus situation was held online on 21 April 2021. Members of the university community can watch the recordings of the presentations [de] (in German) after logging in with their university account.


Information provided by University Medicine Greifswald regarding research and teaching [de]