News on the Coronavirus (Update 27.2.)

Information and recommendations for our employees and students

Due to the increased incidence of infections caused by the new coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international health emergency on January 30, 2020. The Federal Foreign Office has issued a travel warning to the affected region of Wuhan in China. Coronavirus infections have now been confirmed for the first time in Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia.

The Robert Koch Institute defines the following areas as risk areas (status 26.2.):  

  • In China: Hubei Province (including the city of Wuhan) and the cities of Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Taizhou in Zhejiang Province.
  • In Iran: Ghom province
  • In Italy: Province of Lodi in the Region of Lombardy and the town of Vo in the Province of Padua in the Region of Veneto. 
  • In South Korea: Gyeongsangbuk-do Province (North Gyeongsang)
  • According to the BGV (Authority for Health and Consumer Protection), Hamburg is well positioned in the event of an unusual epidemic situation. The Hanseatic City has sufficient clinical facilities to provide medical care to patients with the appropriate symptoms and a corresponding travel history to the risk areas (see above). Possible measures for Germany will be examined on an ongoing basis depending on the risk assessment. 

At this point in time, a 14-day quarantine for all persons entering from China is not proportionate. Citizens should call the doctor in case of suspicion and discuss further proceedings together. "We advise the public not to suspect a corona infection behind every cough. But that they call their family doctor and clarify the treatment if they develop fever, cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of travelling to areas where infections have occurred," says Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn.

Nevertheless, we urge all staff and students of the HSBA to adhere to the following recommendations:

  • The Federal Foreign Office is warning against travelling to Hubei province.
  • The Federal Foreign Office advises against unnecessary travel to all risk areas (see above).
  • Please comply with general rules of hygiene: Wash your hands frequently, cough and sneeze etiquette, and keep your distance from sick people.
  • All persons (employees, students, guests) who returned from a trip to one of the risk areas less than 14 days ago are requested to contact us by telephone before returning to work or entering the campus. 
  • If you suspect an infection, please follow the instructions of the Federal Ministry of Health and contact your doctor by telephone.

Furthermore HSBA is in close contact with students who are currently in China in order to initiate supporting measures if necessary. All planned forthcoming trips to China and other risk areas are currently being reviewed for necessity and relevance.

The Hamburg Service (telephone number 115, Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) offers further information on the Coronavirus and contact persons in Hamburg.

For regularly updated information on the subject please visit these websites:

Contact HSBA: 

+49 (0)40 36138-700


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