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In case of suspicion

There are no typical symptoms for Covid-19. Most commonly mentioned are cough (approx. 40%), cold (approx. 30%) or fever (approx. 25%); loss of sense of smell and taste may also occur temporarily (approx 20%). In principle, however, contact with other ­people should be avoided even in the case of a flu-like infection or influenza. Stay at home if you have symptoms. Since a self-test may indicate a false ne­ga­ti­ve result, if in doubt, contact your family doctor to have a test done there.

Follow the instructions of your family doctor or health authority. Individuals who have undergone PCR testing due to cold symptoms or a positive rapid corona test are required to quarantine themselves until the test result is available. Please remember to inform your close contacts as well. You are not allowed to enter the campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity.

If the result of the PCR test is ne­ga­ti­ve, then the restrictions no longer apply and you can give the all-clear for your contacts. If the PCR test is positive, quarantine is automatically required. 

Persons tested positive are required to go into quarantine immediately and directly after receipt of the test result. They are also required to inform all persons with whom they have had close personal contact during the four days preceding the test or since the test was performed. These are those persons with whom there was contact for a period of more than 10 minutes and at a distance of less than 1.5 meters without both wearing a mask, or persons with whom a poorly ventilated or unventilated room was shared for an extended period of time. The public health de­part­ment decides how to proceed. Cases of infection at the uni­ver­si­ty must also be reported to the Covid-19 Response Officer of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity and the Covid-19 response officers of the individual departments. Positive PCR test results should also be shared via the Co­ro­na warning app to alert potential contacts.

Quarantine means that you have to isolate yourself from other people and stay at home. In case of a positive PCR test, this applies automatically and also to household mem­bers, unless they are fully immunized and asymptomatic. The public health de­part­ment does not have to specifically order this first. If there are no (more) symptoms of the disease, the quarantine ends after 14 days and a final ne­ga­ti­ve antigen test. TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity expressly recommends to additionally perform an Individual PCR test as part of the re­search proj­ect of the Chair of Medical Physics. In the case of a vaccine break­through, the health de­part­ment may lift the quarantine order after only five days if the person is asymptomatic and a PCR test shows a negligible (or no detectable) viral load.

In case of infection with the Omikron variant, infected individuals and their contacts must remain in quarantine for at least 14 days, regardless of vaccination status. Early free testing is not possible. Moreover, the quarantine does not end automatically, but a ne­ga­ti­ve PCR test result must be available.

According to a resolution passed by the Conference of Minister Presidents on7 January 2022, the quarantine period is to be shortened in the fu­ture under certain conditions. However, the regulations still have to be implemented in state law. On 11 January 2022, the MAGS issued a decree enabling the NRW public health authorities to implement shortened quarantine regulations already now. As a result, there may be differences in the municipal handling.

Anyone who has had contact with an infected person – for example during an event, a meeting or as part of an office community – should temporarily go into self-isolation at home. If there are no compelling business reasons against it, your superior must allow you to work from home. Perform self-testing for four to five days after the last contact and monitor yourself. If you develop symptoms or have a positive self-test result, contact your general practitioner respectively your family doctor,

In view of the current developments, these special precautionary measures are also urgently required for vaccinated contact persons: While vaccination provides very good protection against a severe course of the infection, according to the RKI it protects only about 70% against infection in the age group 18-59 years. The number of vaccination breakthroughs rises with increasing incidence values.

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