Medical Aspects, Hygiene & Quarantine

1. Where can I obtain information on medical aspects?

You can find information on medical aspects under the following links:

The city of Cologne has created an information page and established a citizens' telephone.

2. What hygiene measures should I observe?

The public health department of the city of Cologne recommends adhering to the usual hygiene measures, which also protect against an influenza infection:

  • Refrain from shaking hands.
  • Maintain good hand hygiene and wash your hands with sufficient soap and water. A disinfectant is not recommended.
  • Do not touch your face with your hands.
  • Observe the cough/sneezing etiquette (crook of the arm instead of hand).
  • Use tissues only once and dispose of them safely.
  • Ventilate regularly by shock ventilation.
  • If possible, keep a distance of 1 to 2 metres to sick persons.
  • A mouthguard should be worn if a distance of 1.5 metres to the next person cannot be maintained in the work organisation. Furthermore, reference is made to the specifications of the NRW state government.
  • Further information on the usual hygiene measures can be found here.

From 15.10.2020, a mouth-nose cover must be worn on all traffic routes (entrance halls, corridors, staircases, sanitary facilities, changing rooms and washrooms) and in public spaces in the buildings as well as when entering buildings until the workplace or destination is reached. An exception applies to the immediate workplace such as the office. During teaching and examination events in presence in buildings, a mouth-and-nose cover must always be worn, also at the seat; this applies regardless of whether the distances of 1.5 metres are observed. Exceptions: sporting activities within the scope of practical sports events, sporting activities during company sports, sporting activities during approved third-party events on the university campus.

3. Regular cleaning

The probability of transmission via contact surfaces is relatively small for the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). This also applies to kitchens or lounge and waiting rooms. Sanitary facilities are cleaned regularly according to use and occupancy density, soap and paper towels are kept available and cleaning is publicly documented. Frequently used contact surfaces are cleaned daily by the cleaning service. Tables must be cleaned after each change of occupancy at the sole responsibility of the user.

Classroom teaching:
Used sports equipment must be disinfected at least when the course group changes (i.e. between two courses). The task of disinfection can be transferred from the teacher to the students if proper behavior is ensured. Before and after the courses, appropriate hand hygiene (especially hand washing, possibly hand disinfection) must be carried out. Teachers are required to provide maximum ventilation between the individual courses (i.e. when changing groups).


4. Where can I get tested for the coronavirus?

In Cologne, there are various testing offers in doctors' offices, laboratories, infection control centers and testing centers. An overview of which persons can be tested where can be found on the Corona page of the city of Cologne under "Corona test offers".

Employees of the German Sport University Cologne were able to take advantage of rapid antigen tests until initially the end of December 2020. The rapid antigen test is a pathogen detection test for acute infection with SARS-CoV-2. The offer was aimed at teachers of attendance events and all other employees of the Sports University whose presence on site is required. Rapid testing is scheduled to continue in January - capacity is currently being expanded. An update on when the quick tests will be available again will follow soon.

6. Psychological help for employees and students

6. Psychological help for employees and students

In times of pandemics, insecurities or even fears are aroused in people. If the social isolation caused by quarantine measures lasting several weeks is added to this, the ability to positively shape everyday life can sometimes be lost. If the mood is more than bad and the psyche is seriously threatened to lose its balance, professional help may be necessary. For this purpose, the Professional Association of German Psychologists offers a telephone "Corona-Hotline", where psychologists can obtain advice and help anonymously and free of charge. Employees and students can contact the association here.

Students can also contact the "Psychological Counselling for Students", Ms. Heese.

7. How do I behave when I have a cold?

7. How do I behave when I have a cold?

According to the Robert Koch Institute, the most common symptoms of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2-infected persons are cough, fever, rhinitis and disturbance of the sense of smell and/or taste.

If there are no other common symptoms apart from a runny nose, i.e. no cough, no fever, no disturbance of the sense of smell and/or taste (with a clear nose), the following applies: affected persons stay at home if possible and avoid personal contact. In the case of contact, distance regulations must be strictly adhered to and mouth-nose cover must be worn as constantly as possible. This means concretely for the presence at the DSHS:

  • Please check whether your presence is necessary and if in doubt, stay at home after consulting your lecturer/supervisor. If you are uncertain, contact your doctor (by telephone) for further clarification. Employees work from home (unless they are unfit for work or have other reasons that prevent them from working).
  • Please pay special attention to the reduction of personal contacts and the observance of the minimum distance in case of slight symptoms (also e.g. sniffles). Wear the mouth-nose cover (except at the office workplace in a single room) as constantly as possible, also e.g. during meetings. Please ensure very good hand and sneezing hygiene and correct use of the mouth-nose cover.
8. What should be observed in studies with test persons?

8. What should be observed in studies with test persons?

The President´s Office strongly recommends that subjects in research projects undergo a Corona rapid test immediately prior to the start of the experiment or that the subjects be requested to undergo this immediately prior to the experiment and to bring the receipt with them. The rapid tests currently have to be financed within the framework of the research projects or the test persons can have a free test performed at one of the test centers in NRW (the latter is currently possible once a week). There are several testing options near Spoho (see FAQ 4.11).