Corona

Current information

06.04.2020

Corona emergency aid: The Studierendenwerk Freiburg supports students who have fallen into acute economic distress due to the corona pandemic, which is not covered by other social benefits or funding opportunities. Two lines of support have been set up for this purpose, the so-called "emergency funds" (“Notfonds”)  and the "short-term loans" (“Kurzfristige Darlehen”). Information can be found here: https://www.swfr.de/en/money/financial-aid/corona-nothilfe/

01.04.2020:

Students can currently help the University Hospital Freiburg as well as the surrounding health institutions by registering in the system of the Offene Fachschaft Medizin Freiburg e.V.: https://forms.gle/GmWwskimbYxqzp2i7. The form asks for the status of your studies, possible training in other fields, areas of application and the available time. Requests for support are allocated centrally and forwarded to the appropriate groups of medical students in the preclinical and clinical sections, medical staff and "non-specialist" supporters. An assignment cannot be guaranteed. 

31.03.2020:

Here is our "Corona FAQs"

30.03.2020:

How to get through the crisis:
Advice for internationals in unusual times

27.03.2020:

University of Freiburg postpones summer semester
The University of Freiburg is postponing the start of the summer semester to May 11, 2020. The semester will accordingly end later on July 31, 2020. The Whitsun break (June 2nd till 5th) will no longer apply.

23.03.2020:

Psychotherapeutic counselling Furtwangen
Due to the current situation, the open consultation hours of the Psychotherapeutic Counseling Center in Furtwangen will, until further notice, only be held via telephone. Instead of personal counselling, the colleagues on site also offer telephone and, if necessary, video calls.

19.03.2020:

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Due to the closure of our facilities, map revaluators are no longer accessible.
The washing machine terminals in our dormitories can upgrade the card via Autoload. If you still wish to register, this is currently possible in Freiburg at the Infoladen in Basler Straße (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and in the Studentensiedlung in the Service Center, Sundgauallee 20 (daily 8.30 a.m. - 9.30 a.m. and Monday-Thursday 1.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m.).
For further questions please contact mensacard@swfr.de.

Events:
All of the Studierendenwerks events will be cancelled up until May 30the 2020.

18.03.2020:

Social Counselling Furtwangen / Villingen-Schwenningen:
Due to the current situation the consultation date on April 8th in Furtwangen and in Villingen-Schwenningen is cancelled.

16.03.2020:

Canteens und Cafeterias

Freiburg and branch offices:
All canteens and cafeterias will close from 17.3.20 until probably 19.4.20.

Psychotherapeutic counselling:

The open consultation hours, during which you can appear in person without registration, are cancelled for the time being. However, you can call during the open consultation hours (Wed, 13.00 - 14.00 hours).
 
In addition, the secretary's office is available as usual from Monday to Friday from 9.00 - 12.00 hrs for all telephone questions and to register for appointments. The conversations with the therapists take place by telephone or in person, depending on the agreement.
 
Please contact the secretary's office with all questions by phone 0761/2101-269 or by email to r.meyer@swfr.de

BAföG:
No disadvantages for BAFöG because of corona.

13.03.2020:

Our daycare centres "Kleine Knöpfe" and "Pusteblume":
Our daycare centres are closed from 17.03.20 to 20.04.20.

Infoladen Freiburg:

The Infoladen of the Studierendenwerk is open from Mon-Fri 9.00-17.00 Please come in person only in urgent emergencies and contact us in other matters by phone or e-mail. 
General information: 0761 2101 200, info@swfr.de
You will find other contact persons on our website under the respective subject area.


FAQs

Corona viruses are a family of viruses that can cause diseases primarily in vertebrates. There is also the possibility of overcoming the species barrier (zoonosis), i.e. an infection from the animal kingdom can spread to humans. Relevant human pathogenic epidemics with coronaviruses in recent years were the SARS coronavirus and the MERS coronavirus. Coronaviruses occur worldwide and are mainly transmitted via droplet infection. Patients primarily show infections of the respiratory tract. There is no specific therapy or vaccination against coronaviruses. As a preventive measure, a number of hygiene measures and the isolation of patients can be considered.

Source: Health Service, Federal Foreign Office

The virus is transmissible from person to person. However, our knowledge of the exact pathways of this corona virus is still limited. However, it can be assumed that the transmission pathways are similar to closely related, well known other corona viruses.

Target organs of human coronaviruses are mainly the respiratory tract. The most important transmission pathway is a so-called droplet infection, in which coronaviruses are released into the air and subsequently inhaled by infected humans or animals via droplets.

Furthermore, various respiratory pathogens can be transmitted via smear infections. In this case, pathogens that are on the hands reach the mucous membranes of the nose or eye, where they can lead to infection.

Sources: Federal Institute for Risk Assessment / Federal Ministry of Health

The danger to the health of the population in Germany is currently assessed as high by the experts of the Robert Koch Institute. Further cases, infection chains and outbreaks in Germany must be expected.

However, work is underway on the development of a vaccine. Nevertheless, no safe vaccination is available so far.

If the virus becomes ill, it is particularly dangerous for people who are older and/or already suffer from chronic underlying diseases. The virus can lead to a more severe course with respiratory problems and pneumonia. Currently, the proportion of deaths in which the disease has been confirmed by laboratory tests is around 2 percent. However, it is likely that this proportion is actually lower because the data only refer to patients who were treated in hospital.

Source: Federal Ministry of Health

It is currently assumed that after an infection it can take up to 14 days before signs of the disease appear.

Sources: Robert Koch Institute

Infection can lead to coughing, sniffles, neck scratching, muscle pain and fever. Some sufferers also suffer from diarrhoea.

Sources: Federal Ministry of Health

If you have been in a risk area, such as China or Northern Italy, please contact the health authorities immediately.

Avoid contact with other people and continue to follow the hygiene instructions and the cough and sneeze label.

Call your doctor before your visit and tell him or her that you have symptoms. This will help to ensure that appropriate precautions are taken to prevent further infection.


The 10 most important hygiene tips

In everyday life we encounter many pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. In order to keep the risk of infection low, the same hygiene measures are recommended for coronavirus as for common influenza.

when you get home,
before and during the preparation of meals,
before meals,
after visiting the toilet,
after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing,
before and after contact with sick people,
after contact with animals.

rub with soap on all sides,
allow 20 to 30 seconds for this,
Wash off under running water,
dry with a clean cloth.

Do not touch mouth, eyes or nose with unwashed hands.

When coughing and sneezing, keep your distance from others and turn away.
Use a handkerchief or hold the crook of your arm in front of your mouth and nose.
Do not cough or sneeze in the palms of your hands.

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Contact your doctor or health care professional.
Avoid close physical contact while you are contagious.
Stay in a separate room and use a separate toilet if possible.
Do not share dishes or towels.

Cover wounds with a plaster or bandage.

In particular, clean the kitchen and bathroom regularly with standard household cleaners.
Let cleaning cloths dry well after use and replace them frequently.

Always keep sensitive foods well chilled.
Avoid contact of raw animal products with food eaten raw.
Heat meat to at least 70°C.
Wash vegetables and fruit thoroughly.

Clean eating and kitchen utensils with warm water and detergent or in the dishwasher.
Wash dishcloths and cleaning cloths as well as towels, washcloths, bed linen and underwear at a minimum of 60°C.

Ventilate closed rooms several times a day for a few minutes:
Turn off the heating.
Open the window in the room completely.
If possible, also open opposite windows.
Duration: 10 to max. 15 minutes, then close the windows again and turn the heating back on.

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