The most effective measure to prevent transmission is that anyone who is sick stays at home.
What are the symptoms to watch out for?
COVID-19 symptoms may be mild and therefore hard to distinguish from other respiratory infections. Approximately 8 out of 10 adults will only experience mild symptoms. Common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
A cold and light cough
For some persons infected with COVID-19 these symptoms develop within a week into a cough, fever, and shortness of breath. A small group of infected persons will develop more serious symptoms that require hospital treatment. COVID-19 is rarely serious for youngsters.
How is COVD-19 spread?
COVID-19 spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks. Sick people are most likely to expel such droplets, and they become infectious as soon as they develop symptoms.
When are students and employees allowed to come to the university?
When you have no symptoms of sickness.
After any respiratory infection, you may come back to university when you are symptom-free.
If anyone at home has symptoms of a respiratory infection, without having been tested positive for COVID-19, you may attend university as usual. However, you must immediately leave the premises should you develop any symptoms. Also, of course you have to stay at home if the municipal health service have put you in quarantine while your close contac(s) are waiting for a covid test result.
Chronic illness: Students and staff with known allergies or other respiratory disorders with typical symptoms (runny nose with watery discharge, itchy or watery eyes) may attend UiA. However, people with allergies can also become ill with COVID-19 and should stay at home if they experience other symptoms typical of COVID-19. The same applies to people with other chronic respiratory diseases such as chronic bronchitis or asthma; any deviation from usual symptoms should be emphasised when assessing for COVID-19.
People who have known chronic illness would do well to inform fellow students that they are not infected with the coronavirus but are allergic or have another chronic respiratory disease. Without such information, there is a risk that others will react negatively to the symptoms.
When are students and employees NOT allowed at the university premises?
In case of any respiratory symptoms: Even if you have only mild respiratory symptoms or other sickness symptoms, you should not come to UiA. You must stay at home until you are free of any symptoms.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19: You must stay quarantined. The health authorities stipulate for how long you should remain in quarantine, check the website of The Norwegian Institute on Public Health.
Are you in close contact or living with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 orv are waiting for a test result? In that case you must stay quarantined. The health authorities stipulate who should be quarantined and for how long, check the website of The Norwegian Institute on Public Health.
Should you develop symptoms of a respiratory infection while you are at UiA premises, you must:
Avoid public transport
If you must wait to be picked up, wait outside or a place where you can keep distant to other people
Call UiA Help on +47 3814 1000 if it is impossible to keep 2 meters distance from others, or if you have no other option than using public transport. You will then receive a non-surgical facemask.
If you need to use the toilet facilities, call UiA Help so that adequate cleaning can be arranged before others use the facilities.
Inform an employee or your manager about your symptoms, and explain which touch areas should be disinfected (elevator buttons, door handles etc)
What if a person in your household is sick
If anyone in your home has symptoms of a respiratory infection, without having been tested positive for COVID-19, you may attend university as usual. However, you must immediately leave the premises should you develop any symptoms.
If the Municipal Health Service have put you in any form of quarantine while you are waiting for test results, you should of course stay at home.
What if a person in your household has tested positive for COVID-19?
If anyone in your household tested positive for COVID-19, all other members of the household must stay in quarantine in accordance with to the recommendations from the health authorities. Anyone who is in quarantine, must stay away from the university.