Information about the coronavirus for co-workers
(Updated 2020-02-26 15:35)
26 February 2020: The Public Health Agency of Sweden has revised its risk assessment and now considers that there is a high risk that people who have been infected by the coronavirus abroad will be identified in Sweden. The following information describes what measures people who have recently travelled from regions in which the coronavirus is found can take to avoid infection.
The Public Health Agency of Sweden has revised its risk assessment and now considers that there is a high risk that people who have been infected by the new coronavirus abroad will be identified in Sweden. It has reached this conclusion on the basis of the most recent developments in the world. At the same time, the risk for a general spread of infection in Sweden is assessed to be low. Only one case of the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19 has so far been confirmed in Sweden. It was discovered at the end of January and was managed by the of health and medical care system according to established procedures. The case has not led to any spread of infection.
The information above has been gathered from the website of the Public Health Agency of Sweden: “Frågor och svar om coronavirussjukdom COVID-19”. The website provides answers to such questions as “Why do we not have health checks in Sweden of passengers who arrive from China?” and “Why have flights between China and Sweden not been suspended?”.
Information prevents infection – Print it, post it, share it
The Public Health Agency of Sweden states that one way to prevent the spread of infection is to inform the general public. The information below describes what we can do to avoid the spread of infection.
Anyone who during the past 14 days has visited a region with an ongoing spread of infection:
- If you experience any respiratory symptoms such as cough, breathing difficulties or fever – ring the medical information service 1177 who will provide medical care advice.
General measures to prevent the spread of infection:
- Remember to cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm.
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
Link to a pdf-file from the Public Health Agency of Sweden: “Information for travellers” (info sheet also in Chinese and Swedish). Print out the file, post it, and share it with visiting students and colleagues who have been in a region with ongoing spread of infection.
Keep up-to-date – Look for information at folkhalsomyndigheten.se
LiU is continuing to monitor events related to the coronavirus by following assessments and recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
20 February 2020: On 17 February 2020, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, UD, decided to change the advice it gives about travel to China. LiU follows UD's recommendations and continues to monitor the development of the coronavirus.
The following advice applies: The Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against all travel to the Hubei Province. Furthermore, the ministry advises against unnecessary travel to other parts of China, with the exception of Hong Kong and Macao. The recommendation is valid until further notice.
LiU follows the recommendations given by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and continues to monitor the development of the coronavirus.
Read more: swedenabroad.se (in Swedish)
5 February 2020: LiU is continuing to monitor developments concerning coronavirus, by following the assessments and recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden.
If new information becomes available that affects the situation of co-workers at LiU, it will be published here. Any co-worker who has questions about the virus should contact their immediate manager, and keep up-to-date by following folkhalsomyndigheten.se.
31 January 2020: LiU stands by its decision to continue to follow the assessment of the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) as regards the coronavirus.
“We stand by what was communicated to staff and students on 30 January. The Public Health Agency of Sweden has, at present, not taken an official position on any new measures, and for this reason, LiU is standing by its decision”, says University Director Kent Waltersson.
30 January 2020: LiU has decided to follow the assessment of the Public Health Agency of Sweden with respect to coronavirus. The agency is continuously assessing which measures are relevant in this context, and LiU is basing its actions on this assessment.
The Public Health Agency of Sweden has issued the following recommendations and information:
- Infection occurs by contact between people or through coughs and sneezes, in a process known as “droplet transmission”. You can lower the risk of infection by washing your hands often, avoiding touching your face and eyes, and avoiding close contact with sick people.
- People who have visited an infected area and are not feeling sick do not need to take any measures, and can continue daily life as normal.
- People who have visited an infected area and has symptoms of disease such as a fever or coughing, should contact the health services by telephone (using, for example, the 1177 medical information service). Sickness notification to employers proceeds in the normal way.
The website www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se presents more information about the virus and the provisions of the Swedish Communicable Diseases Act about procedures associated with the virus.
We are following events carefully, and will update this webpage with any information received, based on the measures taken by the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the recommendations it gives. Against this background, LiU is not at the moment making recommendations about working from home as a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak. Operations continue as normal.
If you have any questions about the coronavirus or any concerns to share – contact your immediate manager.
LiU’s recommendations related to the coronavirus
29 January 2020: The main principle applied by Linköping University is to follow the recommendations made by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs concerning in-service travel to regions affected by the coronavirus.
The ministry advises against unnecessary travel to Hubei Province. Anyone already in the province should keep up-to-date with information supplied by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Public Health Agency of Sweden, and WHO. The ministry also encourages people who are in China to take special precautions. Details of these precautions are available at Sweden Abroad.
The decision of whether to undertake in-service travel is to be taken by the individual co-worker, in dialogue with the manager.
Those who undertake in-service travel should register contact details with the embassy, on Svensklistan, if they have not already done so. If the Ministry for Foreign Affairs needs to contact you after it has decided that Swedish citizens should be evacuated, it will use the contact details on this list.
People who have recently visited China are recommended to obtain more information from the Public Health Agency of Sweden.
Keep abreast of developments reported in the news and recommendations published by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Do not hesitate to contact the International Office at LiU firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Translated by George Farrants
Last updated: 2020-02-26