Corona virus: Medical information

How can I protect myself?

Ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly and cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. Avoid unnecessary contact (i.e. handshakes or hugs) when greeting other people or when saying goodbye and keep a safety distance of at least 1.5 meters to others. In situations where strong aerosol formation is to be expected (e.g. longer speeches), we ask you to increase the distance to at least 3 meters. If this is not possible, the person speaking should put on a medical face mask.

Rooms must be aired regularly for three to ten minutes (as far as possible):

  • Individual offices must be aired at least every 60 minutes.
  • Rooms used by several persons and common rooms must be thoroughly aired at least every 20 minutes or should have a continuous flow of air.
  • In buildings and rooms with ventilation, building management controls the ventilation systems to ensure that a maximum of fresh air is supplied.
  • The use of decentralized cooling units in multi-person workrooms contradicts the above mentioned ventilation requirements. Ventilation has priority over cooling. In this case the cooling must be switched off.
  • If several persons are present in a room, fans contradict the safety effect of the minimum distances. Fans must not be operated if more than one person is present.
  • There are safety concerns about mobile air filters and other approaches (e.g. UV rays, ozone) as Health & Safety and the university medical service have not approved them. At present the best data indicates that airing is the only measure to be recommended.
  • In case of a coronavirus infection: On how to proceed if a case of Covid-19 occurs in a course, see the diagram "What happens after I had contact with an infected individual?" (PDF). Futher information for employees that have contracted the virus can be found on the coronavirus information page for employees.

Obligation to wear face masks

The wearing of a medical face mask ("surgical mask") or mask with a higher protection standard (FFP2 or comparable standard) is mandatory at the University. 

Students are asked to use their own masks. Employees may use their own masks or those provided by the University. 

(as of 04.04.22)

What are the symptoms of an infection?

Corona viruses usually cause symptoms like a mild cold – impaired sense of smell/taste, fever, cough, runny or congested nose, or sore throat . But they can also cause severe infection of the lower respiratory tract and lead to pneumonia. Anyone who suffers typical symptoms should contact a doctor straight away by telephone in order to discuss further measures.

Can the coronavirus be transmitted via food and objects?

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has published a webpage with FAQs on this issue.


When do I have to go into quarantine?

Information on the quarantine obligation in case of a suspected COVID-19 infection or a confirmed case of infection can be found on the webpage of the Federal Centre for Health Education:
https://www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus/fragen-und-antworten/quarantaene-und-isolierung.html (in German only)

Information on the quarantine obligation when entering Germany or when returning from abroad can be found on our information page for business trips

What do I have to do if I return from abroad or a particularly affected area?

Please note the recommendations for faculty and staff who have stayed in a risk area.

What should I do if I have had contact with COVID-19 sufferers?

Diagram "What happens after I had contact with an infected individual?" (PDF)

If you have symptoms of an infection or a temperature (impaired sense of smell/taste, fever, cough, runny or congested nose, or sore throat) , please see a doctor (GP) immediately. It is important to call to the doctor's office/the hospital by phone first!

(as of 16.11.21)

What should I do if I have respiratory symptoms with or without fever?

 With immediate effect, a general ban on entering the premises applies to all persons who show symptoms of respiratory infection or a temperature (impaired sense of smell/taste, fever, cough, runny or congested nose, or sore throat).

Consult a doctor

Employees and students who develop symptoms such as fever or respiratory problems should stay at home and consult a doctor immediately. This also applies if you have had no contact with COVID-19 sufferers. It is important that you announce your visit to the doctor's office/hospital in advance by telephone.

Certificate for incapacity to work can be obtained by telephone
Persons with mild diseases of the upper respiratory tract can still obtain an certificate for incapacity to work (Bescheinigung der Arbeitsunfähigkeit, AU) for a maximum of seven days from a doctor after a consultation by telephone, if necessary, it can be extended once for another seven days. For the time being, this special regulation is valid until 31 Mai 2022.

(as of 04.04.22)

I'm pregnant. What do I have to consider?

Pregnant students 

It can be assumed that there is a generally increased risk for pregnant women in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic. Currently, there is no data on the question of whether pregnant women are generally at increased risk of infection. However, due to physiological adaptations and immunological changes during pregnancy, increased susceptibility to an infection with SARS-CoV-2 cannot be ruled out. In addition, based on current findings, there is increasing evidence that pregnant women may experience a more severe course of COVID-19 and an increased risk of premature birth due to an infection. Risk factors for a severe course include maternal age over 35 years, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. In addition, the options for treatment in the event of a severe course in pregnant women are limited compared to the general population.

The Standing Commission on Vaccination StIKo therefore recommends vaccination against COVID-19 for women in the first trimester of pregnancy and for breastfeeding women:

  • to prevent severe courses of COVID-19 and deaths in pregnant women and nursing mothers
  • to prevent pregnancy complications in the mother and (unborn) child.

For details on the vaccination recommendations for pregnant and breastfeeding women, see the respective webpages by the Federal Centre for Health Education BzgA and the Robert Koch Institute .

The participation of pregnant students in required courses with classroom teaching is only possible if appropriately adapted protective measures are implemented: Even with sufficient ventilation, a minimum distance of 3 meters must be maintained, particularly in the case of unavoidable contact with varying persons / students. Pregnant women should have the option to enter the room first and leave last. Consideration should also be shown for the fact that pregnant women should only be expected to wear medical face masks occasionally and for a short time (usually up to 30  minutes per day), as it is otherwise a strain on them. Therefore, while seated in class, pregnant women are exempted from the obligation to wear a medical mask. To ensure protection against infection, pregnant women are to be offered the opportunity to switch to a separate examination room or another equivalent examination format.

Participation in excursions and field trips is discouraged.

This currently explicitly also applies to pregnant women who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from a PCR-confirmed case of Covid-19. 

Pregnant employees

Information for pregnant employees

(as of 14 Dec. 2021)

Advisory services and testing

Tübingen Health Authorities: Advice and information

The Tübingen Health Authorities offer extensive information on dealing with the coronavirus on its Covid-19 website (in German only).

Further contact options:

Hotline – State Health Office of Baden-Württemberg

The State Health Office of Baden-Württemberg has set up a hotline for questions on the corona virus. Inquiries can be made by phone on workdays from 9am to 4pm,  +49 711/904-39555.

University medical service

The University medical service is also available for advice:  +49 7071 29-87092, daily 8.30am to 1.30pm. 

Psychological counseling in stressful situations in the corona crisis

For everyone: Crisis helpline of the Center for Mental Health (University Hospital)
The crisis helpline of the University Hospital's Center for Mental Health provides general advice in case of concerns and fears caused by the corona crisis:
 Phone 07071 29-62500 (Mon to Fri from 10am-12pm; Tue, Wed, Thu from 2pm-4pm)

Calls are limited to a duration of 20 minutes.

In case of acute and life-threatening crisis situations such as a risk of suicide, please contact the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy's emergency outpatient department of ( Phone 07071 29-82311) or call the emergency number 112.

For university employees: The Psychosocial Counseling Service for employees
In stressful situations and conflicts in the corona crisis, the Psychosocial Counseling Service for employees can offer advice. Until further notice, this service is provided by telephone or by video conferencing on DFN.conf. You can reach the counseling service Mon to Fri from 9:00-12:00, Tel. 07071-2977563. In addition, you can make appointments at any time via the counseling service's e-mail address: karla.polen-beerspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.

Coronavirus rapid tests for employees and students

The University provides up to two self-tests per week to employees who work on site in university buildings. In addition, employees and students can undergo a free rapid test at the city of Tübingen's test stations or at the test stations Mensa Morgenstelle and Clubhaus Wilhelmstraße near campus.

(as of 18.02.2022)

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