General questions about the corona virus

What are the typical symptoms triggered by the coronavirus?

Just like other pathogens in respiratory diseases, an infection with the new coronavirus can lead to symptoms such as coughing, a head cold, a sore throat and a temperature. Some people affected also suffer from diarrhoea. In some patients, the virus appears to take a more severe form, leading to breathing problems and pneumonia. So far, death has been recorded primarily in the case of patients who were older and/or had already suffered from chronic underlying illnesses beforehand. The number of fatalities in which the disease was confirmed in laboratory tests is currently around one percent. For more detailed information, visit the websites of the Robert Koch Institute and the Federal Centre for Health Education.

I have symptoms of illness. What should I do?

To determine whether you are fit to come to work, please follow the Recommendations of the In-house Medical Service (AMD).
As a general rule, anyone who feels unfit to work should remain at home. Anyone noticing coronavirus symptoms is not allowed to enter the University buildings. Your supervisor will pass on the sickness notification using the usual form. You should submit the sickness certificate from your doctor to your supervisor by the fourth day of absence at the latest.
Many doctors are now issuing sickness certificates based on remote diagnosis by phone and then sending the certificates by post. Should there be a delay, you may hand in the certificate later. During your absence you will continue receiving your normal pay.

What should I do if I test positive for Covid-19 as a student or employee?

Please report the case to the the In-house Medical Service (AMD). The AMD will contact you and take further action. You can view a diagram outlining the paths of notification for employees on MyWWU.

How can you protect yourself from the disease?

As in the case of influenza and other respiratory diseases, observing the basic rules when coughing or sneezing, washing hands thoroughly and keeping at a distance from anyone with the disease (about 1 to 2 metres) also provides protection from any transmission of novel coronavirus. These measures are advisable everywhere and at all times, also with regard to influenza.

These questions and answers are taken from the [de] platfom of the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA). Information in English is provided at