Information about the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

27 February 2020

More and more cases of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) are currently being reported in China as well as in other countries. This is why, led by the Safety, Security and Environment office, a UZH task force has been established, which will monitor and evaluate the latest developments surrounding the coronavirus and, if necessary, define measures. This website will be kept up to date with the latest information.

Specific Provisions and Precautionary Measures for UZH Members

  • Travel to China should be avoided. UZH staff planning to travel to China must have their trips approved by the dean.
  • UZH staff and students as well as external persons returning from China (all regions except Hong Kong and Taiwan) are not permitted to attend events at UZH or enter UZH buildings within 14 days of their departure from China. If you are experiencing symptoms (coughing, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose), you should call your GP or the canton’s medical hotline (phone 0800 33 66 55) to discuss the next steps.
  • UZH staff who have returned from China (all regions, without Hongkong and Taiwan) fewer than 14 days ago must refrain from coming to work at UZH and if possible work from home instead based on an individual written agreement with Human Resources. Affected employees or line managers should contact the HR consultants responsible in the Human Resource Office. Professors can contact the Professorships Department.
  • For people traveling from Italy and other affected areas , there are currently no special precautionary measures. However, if you are experiencing symptoms (coughing, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose), you should call your GP or the canton’s medical hotline (phone 0800 33 66 55) to discuss the next steps.

Please follow the general recommendations for prevention of the seasonal flu:

  • Wash your hands: Wash your hands properly several times a day with water and soap.
  • Sneeze or cough into a handkerchief: Cover your mouth and nose with a paper handkerchief when you sneeze or cough. Put the paper handkerchief in the bin after use and wash your hands carefully with water and soap.
  • Sneeze or cough into your arm: If you don’t have a tissue, please sneeze or cough into your elbow, not your hands. This is more hygienic. If you do sneeze or cough into your hands, you should wash them straight afterwards using water and soap, if possible.
  • Stay at home when feeling sick: If you are feeling sick, it is recommended that you stay at home. This will prevent the disease from spreading to others.

Contact Points at UZH

For questions specific to UZH, please contact the Safety, Security and Environment office at 044 635 44 10 or by info@su.uzh.ch e-mail.