FAQ – General Questions

Status: 23 March 2020, 4 p.m.

On this page general questions and answers about the coronavirus are published. For specific FAQs please visit the following sites:

FAQ for Students
FAQ for Staff
FAQ for Teaching Staff
FAQ for Researchers

General Information


I feel ill. What should I do?

If you are coughing, finding it difficult to breathe or have a fever, stay at home so that you do not infect anyone else. If you have only mild symptoms, there is no need to seek medical treatment. If you are at high risk of getting seriously ill or if your symptoms get worse, you should contact your doctor or the medical hotline at 0800 33 66 55. They will decide whether it is necessary for you to visit the doctor, or whether you should stay at home and care for yourself.

How can I protect myself and others?

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) recommends to observe basic hygiene rules:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Cough and sneeze into a paper tissue/handkerchief or the crook of your arm.
  • Dispose of used paper tissues in a sealed waste bin.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Stay at home if you have a high temperature and a cough.
  • Keep your distance from other people.
  • Always call ahead before going to the doctor’s or the emergency department.

 

Travel


Which areas are especially affected?

There is a risk of becoming infected with the new coronavirus in almost all regions of the world. The Swiss embassy or consulate of the respective country provides information about the currently valid measures. Foreign embassies and consulates in Switzerland.
Foreign embassies and consulates in Switzerland

The Federal Council currently advises against non-urgent travel abroad.  Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA

I am planning a trip. What preparations should I make?

Work-related travel abroad on behalf of UZH is no longer permitted effective immediately. Exceptions for cases where this is unavoidable are possible, but require the approval of the relevant dean or member of the Executive Board of the University. We recommend that all members of UZH who are planning to go abroad for an internship or a research stay cancel their arrangements for the time being.

The Federal Council currently advises against non-urgent travel abroad.  Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA

 

Events


We have planned a large event. Should we cancel it?

All public events outside the regular university curriculum scheduled to take place on the premises of UZH, including inaugural lectures, have been canceled. This measure applies until 31 May 2020 and was taken after consulting with the authorities.

The Dies academicus of 25 April 2020 will not be held as a public event. Individual recordings will be edited into a single video, which will be published on UZH’s website on 25 April.  

The Senate meeting of 11 May will not be staged as a plenary meeting of the professors and delegates of the representative bodies of UZH. Legal clarifications are currently underway as to how the process for nominating the new president can be completed using remote methods.

The remaining hearings of the faculties and the representative bodies for the election of the new president will be held as remote events. Questions can be submitted via OLAT chat.  

What options for recording an event are available?

Lectures, event series or one-off events held in lecture halls with the relevant equipment can be recorded and made available on the video management platform SWITCHcast (cast.switch.ch). We are unable to provide any support for bespoke solutions or individual advice. Further Information (in German)

 

Hygiene and Prevention Measures at UZH


What hygiene measures apply at UZH?

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) recommends to observe basic hygiene rules:

  • Keep your distance from other people.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Cough and sneeze into a paper tissue/handkerchief or the crook of your arm.
  • Dispose of used paper tissues in a sealed waste bin.
  • Stay at home if you have a high temperature and a cough.
  • Always call ahead before going to the doctor’s or the emergency department.

Will the University of Zurich be handing out hand disinfectant and masks?

Masks and hand disinfectant will not be handed out to members of the University of Zurich for private purposes. University of Zurich organizations that need masks and disinfectants for professional purposes have been informed about the controlled handout of these supplies.

I work in the cleaning service. What do I need to do?

When carrying out cleaning work the existing hygiene measures, especially wearing protective gloves and, when cleaning toilets, protective goggles, are sufficient. Following your line manager’s instructions.

 

Living Together


I’ve had close contact with a person who has symptoms. What should I do?

Persons who have been in close contact (persons living in the same household, intimate contacts) are requested to put themselves in self-quarantine for 10 days.

The person should continue to pay attention to his or her state of health and go into self-isolation if symptoms occur. If he or she is a particularly vulnerable person, he or she should also call a doctor or health care facility immediately.

I’ve been in contact with someone infected with the coronavirus. What should I do?

Stay at home in self quarantine for 10 days. Ccall your GP or the canton’s medical hotline (0800 33 66 55) to ask what steps you should take. Do not go to see your doctor without first calling them.