The measures designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus are still in effect. The only way to get the virus under control is when everyone follows these basic rules: work from home, maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres from others, avoid crowded areas, wear a face mask and wash your hands often. Read more about the government's measures here: Rijksoverheid.nl/coronavirus.
We are happy to give you more information about what to do if you have corona-related symptoms. You can also find information about testing and vaccination here. Are you worried about the coronavirus or do you feel down? Are you struggling to find the (right) balance between your work/studies and your private life? As a university, we are there for you during these unprecedented times to help you stay healthy.
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To prevent symptoms, it is important to follow these basic rules, which continue to be in effect for everyone:
- Wash your hands frequently (in Dutch): use water and soap to wash your hands for twenty seconds and dry them well afterwards. Do this every time you go outside and when you come home again.
- Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Use paper tissues to blow your nose and then throw them away. Wash your hands afterwards.
- Do not shake hands.
- Maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres (two arm lengths) from other people.
- Wear a face mask in the UT's buildings and in all other indoor public areas.
The rules of social distancing apply to everyone: in the streets, in stores or other indoor spaces and at work. Members of the same household are not required to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from each other.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have mild symptoms, such as a nasal cold, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat, coughing or elevated temperature up to 38 degrees Celsius and/or if you suddenly lose your sense of smell or taste, you must stay at home and get tested. To schedule an appointment for a corona test, call this number: 0800-1202. Have your social security number (SSN) ready. You can also schedule an appointment online via coronatest.nl. You use this same website to view your test results.
Everyone suffering from corona-related symptoms can get tested. It is important to do so in order for the restrictions to eventually be lifted.
While you await the results of your test, you must not go to the grocery store or receive any visitors. Ask someone else to get your groceries for you or have them delivered to your door and find someone to walk your dog.
- If the test results show that you do not currently have the coronavirus, you can resume your activities and go outside once more.
- If the test results show that you do have the coronavirus, you must stay at home until you have been completely free of symptoms for twenty-four hours. Call your general practitioner if your symptoms do not go away or if you develop new symptoms.
- If your test is positive, your housemates must also stay at home - even if they have no symptoms themselves. Even people with a vital profession must stay at home. More information about the rules of self-quarantine can be found on the website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
Students: If you are ill or in quarantine and therefore unable to take part in your online lectures and/or exams and/or on-campus educational activities or if you need help because you are in quarantine, contact your student adviser.
Staff: if your symptoms prevent you from working (from home), follow the standard procedure for calling in sick.
We view your positive test as personal medical information, which is subject to the privacy regulations (GDPR). You are therefore not required to inform us if you have tested positive for COVID-19. However, as a university we would like to be informed as this will help us choose the right approach to prevent the further spread of the virus at the UT. If you are willing to help us to do so, you can inform your supervisor or programme director about your positive test.
All persons living in the Netherlands and registered in their municipality are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. At this time, only adults aged eighteen and over are being vaccinated. If you are registered in your municipality, you will receive an invitation from the RIVM. If you are part of a high-risk group and your general practitioner is aware of your medical situation, you may receive an invitation from your GP instead.
- You should therefore make sure you are registered in your municipality and that your GP is aware of any pre-existing medical conditions you have that may place you in a high-risk group.
- The university plays no role in this process. For more information and the latest updates, go to the website of the RIVM (in Dutch) or visit the website of the Dutch national government.
- Students and staff living in Germany will follow the German procedure.
For more information about COVID-19 and the vaccine, visit the website of the Dutch national government.
Do you have any medical questions or questions about symptoms related to the coronavirus, you can call the national information number at 0800-1351 (available every day from 8:00-22:00).
- If you live in Enschede and do not have a general practitioner but would nonetheless like to talk to a physician, contact Stichting Dagwaarneming Enschede by calling 0900-4313333;
- If you live outside Enschede and do not have a general practitioner, contact your nearest GP via email or telephone. In all cases, it is advisable to make sure you are registered at a general practice.
It is perfectly natural to be worried about the coronavirus. However, if you find yourself feeling excessively worried or tense about your current situation, it is advisable to do something about this. Student Affairs Coaching & Counselling (SACC ) has created an FAQ for student that contains tips and advice about mental health and dealing with COVID-19. Many associations have already set up a digital platform and/or organised activities. Take a look at their website/social media channels. You can find an overview of all associations here. The UT also gives students the opportunity to make free use of its online learning platform GoodHabitz. Go to https://my.goodhabitz.com/utwente and log in with your UT student account.
The HR department has created an information page for staff that contains various initiatives designed to improve your personal wellbeing, including online workouts, GoodHabitz and other online training sessions and webinars, as well as information on where to go if you need more support.