Dealing with the coronavirus - Supplement to the house rules of the University of Kassel
The Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) recommends that, as in the case of influenza and other respiratory diseases, you should protect yourself from transmission of the corona virus by keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from the sick person, washing your hands regularly and thoroughly, and coughing and sneezing in a specific way in order to prevent transmission of the virus. Detailed hygiene recommendations can be found at https://www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus-sars-cov-2.html.
Rooms must be ventilated regularly. Regular airing is also good for hygiene, reducing the number of fine droplets containing pathogens that may be present in the air.
A minimum distance of at least 1.5 metres must be maintained at all times from other persons (hereinafter "safety distance") in all directions, including access, sitting and walking. Where this is not possible by organisational measures, alternative protective measures must be taken (see points 3-5). The safety distance must be maintained in all buildings owned and rented by the university, in parts of buildings and on the entire campus of the University of Kassel.
Measures such as barriers, markings or access regulations are meant to ensure that the distance is maintained. All members of the university, users and guests are obliged to observe the measures for maintaining the safety distance.
The safety distance must also be maintained when entering and leaving buildings and rooms as well as in queues. Group formations in buildings and on the premises are to be avoided.
Mouth and nose covers are to be worn wherever the safety distance cannot be safely maintained. This applies to all areas and all activities at the university in buildings and on the entire campus.
"Community masks" serve to interrupt the path of infection and are mainly used for the protection of others. They are useful as a supplementary measure to the general hygiene and distance recommendations.
The wearing of mouth and nose covers is especially obligatory when crowds of people cannot be avoided, for example when entering and leaving buildings or rooms (participation in meetings, discussions, examinations or lectures). Appropriate instructions are to be observed in the invitation or by posting notices. The mouth and nose cover must be worn until the minimum distance can be safely maintained again (e.g. at the seat or workplace).
What is important when wearing a mouth and nose cover?
To achieve the highest possible level of protection, it is essential that mouth and nose covers are worn correctly.
- Wash your hands before putting on a mouth and nose cover (with soap for at least 20 to 30 seconds).
- When putting it on, make sure that the nose and mouth are covered up to the chin and the mouth and nose cover is tight enough around the edges.
- Change mouth and nose covers before they become wet from breathing. Because this allows additional germs to build up.
- Avoid touching or moving the mouth and nose cover while wearing it.
- Make sure not to touch the outside of the mouth and nose cover when taking it off, as this is where germs might be. Grab the side straps or ties and carefully take off the mouth and nose cover.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after taking off the mouth and nose cover (with soap for at least 20 to 30 seconds).
- After use, the mouth and nose cover should be stored airtight until it is washed (for example in a separate bag) or ideally washed immediately at 60° to 95°C.
Source: Federal Centre for Health Education
When staying in the buildings and also on the premises, it is important to ensure that people have as little direct contact with each other as possible or that their contact is reduced to a minimum. The contact with each other in rooms of the university, during breaks or other activities is to be reduced to a minimum. Physical contact, e.g. during greetings and goodbyes (such as shaking hands) is to be avoided.
At consultation and information desks with personal contact, where the safety distance of at least 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, separation by protective screens and, if necessary, barriers, markings or access regulations must be provided. Where such screens are not provided and the minimum distance cannot be maintained, mouth and nose covers must be worn.