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Coronavirus: Health and prevention

You can find information about campus safety regulations on our FAQ page about buildings and facilities.

  • What should I do if I have (mild) symptoms related to the coronavirus?
  • What should I do if I test positive for the coronavirus?

    If you test positive you will be asked by the GGD to self-isolate. The GGD will give you precise instructions for this and will carry out contact tracing or ask you to contact persons with whom you have been in close contact..

    Are you a UvA employee?

    Follow the GGD's instructions. Report sick if you cannot perform your work from home or contact your manager if work arrangements need to be made. You are not required to inform the UvA that you have tested positive for the coronavirus but it is helpful to let us know as it aids us in maintaining a safe working environment at the UvA. The notification of illness will be handled as a normal illness notification.

    Are you a UvA student?

    Follow the GGD's instructions. Report sick if you cannot attend your (online) classes or consult your study programme (for example via the study adviser or education desk) about following your education in an alternative way. You are not required to inform the UvA that you have tested positive for the coronavirus but it is helpful to let us know as aids us in maintaining a safe working environment at the UvA. The notification of illness will be handled as a normal illness notification.

    About contact tracing

    The GGD contact tracing investigations also pertain to contacts with whom you've been more than 1.5 meters apart in the same room for more than fifteen minutes. This could include fellow students, colleagues or others outside the University. The GGD can contact these people for contact tracing purposes. The GGD can also impose a compulsory home isolation measure for contacts. In the most severe circumstances, a location can be (temporarily) closed by order of the GGD.

  • What should I do if I have been in contact with an infected person?

    You will be contacted by the GGD or by the infected person. The advice of the GGD (after contact tracing) is the deciding factor as to whether you should stay at home. If you have been in direct contact (within 1.5m for longer than 15 min), you will be advised to self-isolate for 10 days. If the GGD advises you to stay at home, employees should discuss work arrangements with their manager. Students should contact their study programme (for example via the study adviser or education desk) about taking courses in an alternative way.

  • What does the UvA do if an employee or a student is infected with the coronavirus?

    Students and employees are not required to notify the UvA if they have tested positive for the coronavirus. However, it is helpful to let your supervisor or study programme know, as it aids us in maintaining a safe study and work environment at the UvA.

    All notifications of a coronavirus infection will be handled anonymously. With permission from the student or employee, the supervisor or study programme will then anonymously notify the Security Adviser, with the goal of keeping an overview of the number of infections within the University.

    Your supervisor or study programme:

    • will not ask their employees or students about a coronavirus infection
    • will not keep any written records when they are notified of a coronavirus infection by an employee or student
    • will not share information that can be traced back to the infected person
    • will handle the notification of illness of an infected employee or student as a normal illness notification

    When a student or employee has reported an infection with the corona virus, the supervisor or study programme will inform the students and employees who have been in the vicinity of the person who has corona. Letters that can be used for communication can be found in the protocol below.

Self-testing

  • Does the UvA provide self-tests?

    We recommend everybody performs a self test at least twice a week before coming to campus. You can request the self-test through zelftestonderwijs.nl. You will then receive a test at home through the regular post. That same website also offers instructions on how to use self-tests, as well as instructional videos and frequently-asked questions.

    Taking a self-test is voluntary. We will not be check at the door whether you have taken one, nor will you have to show proof of a negative test.

    However, we do hope that you consider taking a test before coming to the UvA. This will allow us all to contribute to a safe campus and possible further relaxations of the measures by the government.