Information for heads of department/managers about corona
COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, is classified as a disease that is dangerous to public health and to society under the Communicable Diseases Act. This enables the Public Health Agency of Sweden and county medical officers to take relevant preventive measures to prevent the spread of infection.
Uppsala University is following the recommendations of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Public Health Agency of Sweden and is cooperating with the responsible regional authorities. The University is also cooperating with other higher education institutions to bring about national guidelines and advice on certain issues, such as contacts with the Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN) and the Swedish Higher Education Authority. We are also sharing experience and information continuously.
Several authorities have compiled information on their websites that can guide us at Uppsala University, for example the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish Agency for Government Employers (in Swedish only).
Uppsala University’s general recommendations still apply:
- Keep up to date via the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs websites and apps. The Public Health Agency of Sweden has set up a number to call for information: 11313. Start with the online information.
- If you have members of staff or students who have influenza-like symptoms, even relatively mild symptoms, ask them to work/study at home or to report sick. If they develop influenza-like symptoms they should call the health advice line (1177) and follow their advice. They should not go to a health centre or hospital emergency department.
- The Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against all international travel.
- Make sure that everyone books business travel via Lingmerths and has flexible tickets.
- Encourage your staff to install Zoom so they can take part in remote meetings and conferences.
- Make sure the contact lists at your department (email addresses, home telephone numbers) are up to date.
- Take stock of any aspects of your activities that could be affected if the disease continues to spread. Make preparations without causing anxiety.
- Encourage your staff to wash their hands.