In light of current events related to COVID-19, you may have questions regarding CityLab: Berlin’s current response and policies. At the moment, CLB will continue to follow its normal semester calendar and schedule. Rest assured however that we are in regular contact with local authorities and the home campus in Northfield and will continue to monitor the situation closely. Any changes in policy or relevant information will be communicated via email and WhatsApp. Please check often for updates.
For the latest information, please consult the COVID-19 website: https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov.
The situation is constantly being monitored by the national and local authorities, in cooperation with the World Health Organization and the European Commission. There are no special alerts in Berlin at the moment.
What you should do if you need immediate medical attention in Berlin
Medical Service: Campus Charité Mitte Emergency Department, Rudolf-Nissen-Haus, Philippstrasse 10, 10117 Berlin Phone: +49 30 450 531 000
Should you exhibit any of the symptoms fever, cough, flu-like symptoms, please contact and communicate your symptoms with CLB’s staff. We will then help you coordinate your care with one of the local 24/7 English-speaking general practitioners. A physician will then evaluate your illness according to the recent public health ordinance and make a recommendation.
Please keep your Parents/Guardians informed
Our understanding is that your families back home need to be kept as up to date as possible on this situation. Therefore, we recommend contact your relevant family/guardians at home and share this information with them. Please also inform them that Norwich University is closely monitoring the situation as well as maintaining communication with the local authorities. We will keep all students at large informed on any developments.
Traveling During Semester and Midterm Break
First of all contact the program coordinator of the CityLAB:Berlin, Katrin Bilharz-Knobloch and register all your planned trips. As most of you will be traveling during midterm break, we would like to share with you some useful information and advice. Monitor constantly official news sources, such as the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to the countries you wish to travel to. Also, take into consideration the following risks of your travel during mid-term break:
We suggest that you avoid traveling to Italy or Spain in the next few weeks and until the situation becomes stabilized. Traveling to these countries may have these consequences:
1. Travel delays: There may be travel delays affecting buses, trains, and planes leaving Italy or Spain.
2. Canceled flights/trains: Your flight or international train may be canceled if a sudden travel ban to certain countries is issued by the EU authorities. Countries may list Italy or Spain as an “at-risk” location and thereby bar visitor’s entry if their travel originated or passed through Italy, or Spain.
3. Denied entry/being sent back: Countries may issue a mandatory quarantine for any visitors originating from Italy or Spain. Travelers may also be given the option to immediately return to their originating country to avoid a quarantine. For example, a recent flight from Italy to the Mauritius Islands was interrupted by local authorities there. Passengers were given the choice between going into quarantine for 14 days in Mauritius or flying back home.
4. Quarantine: Germany may impose a quarantine for individuals returning to Germany in the event they show symptoms of the coronavirus, or simply because they arrived on a flight originating in a country Germany considers/will consider to be “at risk.”
5. Best ways to avoid getting a virus:
Eighty percent of common infections are spread by hands. Washing your hands at least five times a day has been shown to significantly decrease the frequency of colds, influenza (the “flu”) and other infections. Not only will it help keep you healthy, but it will also help prevent the spread of infectious diseases to others.
Stay safer by:
- Washing your hands regularly
- Promptly disposing of used tissues in the wastebasket or garbage
- Coughing and sneezing into your handkerchief or shirt sleeve rather than your hands
- Staying home when you are ill
- Keeping your hands away from your face
- Keeping common surface areas like doorknobs, light switches, and keyboards, clean and disinfected
6. Do not forget to carry your insurance cards with you at all times
Please note that Coronavirus protocols are no different than usual precautions — mind your hand hygiene, don’t share drinking glasses, forks, bottles or cosmetics; cover coughs and sneezes with the elbow; and report any suspected illnesses early and often so we can monitor whether medical attention is needed. We also emphasize sleep, eating healthy foods and staying physically active to keep your immune system strong and healthy.
If you have not already done so, please register in STEP (U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) and update your trip information to match your spring break plans. STEP will send you emails in the event any new health or safety alerts are issued for countries you are traveling to.
Once again, please do not forget to stay updated via email and WhatsApp. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
Christian M. Dengler
Director | Adjunct Professor