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 or a test center 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.
In the event of a positive PCR test, quarantine applies automatically, even to members of the same household. The public health department does not have to order this specifically. The quarantine regulations also apply if no PCR control test is carried out after a positive rapid test. Exempt from the quarantine requirement are household contacts who have been boosted and/or fully vaccinated and recovered, as well as dually vaccinated persons who have had their second vaccination more than 14 but less than 90 days ago, and recovered persons who had positive results in a PCR test more than 27 but less than 90 days ago. For recovered persons, the waiting period of 14 days after the second vaccination does not apply. The RKI recommends that contact persons in the same household who do not need to be quarantined also wear a mask at home. If there are no (more) symptoms of illness to be detected, quarantine ends after 10 days. Quarantine can end early after seven days if there is a negative result in an antigen test and no symptoms have been present for 48 hours. Quarantine may also be ended if one has a negative test result from a PCR test or a PCR test with a CT score greater than 30 and no symptoms have been present for 48 hours. Employees who return to work after a quarantine shortened by a test must also provide this test certificate to the employer.
Contact persons outside the household (e.g., in office communities or teaching courses) are requested to behave responsibly and reduce their contacts, to work in a home office if possible, to wear masks, to observe themselves with regard to possible symptoms, and to take self-tests on a regular basis. Quarantine will not occur in their case unless ordered by the public health department.
If a legal quarantine or the suspicion of a Corona infection exists, the concerned person is banned from the campus of TU Dortmund University. A case of infection must also be reported to the TU Dortmund University Covid-19 Response Officer (including the date of the first positive test and possible contact persons at TU Dortmund University in the two days prior to this test).
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 or a test center.
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 (about 90% after booster), it does not provide reliable protection against infection. The number of vaccination breakthroughs rises with increasing incidence values.
According to the RKI, close personal contact is defined as 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 warning "Increased risk" in the Corona Warning app informs you that you are at an increased risk of infection due to the proximity and duration of an encounter with a person who has reported a positive test result. In the event of an increased risk warning, you should make use of the free testing options (citizen tests). Users with a red warning, especially those with symptoms of illness, should call their family doctor, the medical on-call service (116 117) or the local health office.
TU Dortmund University urgently advises people who have received a warning to take advantage of the free test offer. It also appeals to those affected to behave responsibly, minimize contact and strictly observe general hygiene rules.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.