Updated on March 16, 2020, 12.30 p.m.
The Erasmus MC Board of Directors has decided to suspend all classes and exams, as of Friday, March 13, 2020. The medical faculty will remain closed until further notice. This new measure applies to all bachelor and master programs, including Medicine, Nanobiology, Clinical Technology, Technical Medicine and all five research masters.
The Education Center will be closed for all educational activities, including self-study. Study abroad will not be allowed anymore either. Students will be informed about the consequences and possible alternative forms of (online) education by their own program coordinator. This new measure is necessary in view of the risk of infection, the importance of continuity of care, continuity of business operations, and to ensure staff availability for patients at Erasmus MC.
Below you can find general information regarding the corona virus (as published by Erasmus University) and additional rules and regulations at Erasmus MC specifically (as published by the Erasmus MC Unit Infection Prevention).
Advice and monitoring
Both Erasmus MC and EUR keep a close eye on developments and all measures that have been communicated by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). In addition, Erasmus MC's Outbreak Management Team publishes internal rules and regulations and measures, in close cooperation with our Unit Infection Prevention. The latest news on the most recent developments regarding the novel coronavirus can be found on the RIVM website. The RIVM monitors the situation in the Netherlands and advises the public.
FAQs about the coronavirus
RIVM advises people take the following actions, if they have traveled to a coronavirus-affected area in the last 14 days or have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient and they feel sick and have a fever, cough or respiratory problems:
- Stay at home; do not travel if you are sick;
- Seek medical help. Before going to a doctor’s surgery or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent trip and symptoms;
- Avoid contact with others;
- Do not travel if you are sick;
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing;
- Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing;
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available.
Erasmus MC advises students take everyday preventive measures to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses (viruses that cause infections on the respiratory tract). These measures are:
- Wash your hands regularly, using soap and water;
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands), when coughing or sneezing;
- Wash or disinfect your hands after coughing or sneezing;
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available;
- Stay at home if you are sick.
It is important to adhere to the general precautionary measures. This prevents the spread of micro-organisms, i.e. viruses in this this specific case. This means that you should do the following:
- Wash your hands regularly;
- Cough and sneeze into the crease of your elbow;
- Use paper tissues only once and dispose of them carefully;
- Avoid touching your face (eyes, mouth, nose) as much as possible;
- Always practice good hand hygiene before eating or preparing food (including snacks).
The GGD is responsible for testing for SARS-CoV-2. Currently, testing is only done on those who exhibit symptoms that meet the case definition and who have been in a risk area, or those who have had unprotected contact with a SARS-CoV-2 positive patient. If you are concerned, speak with your GP, who can refer you to the GGD if necessary. In the event of the GGD being overloaded with requests, Erasmus MC will create an alternative for its staff and students, so that they can undergo testing at home and at Erasmus MC in the decontamination unit after registering by telephone.
The face masks used Erasmus MC meet all national requirements for personal protective equipment. The masks are only used with a single patient and discarded immediately after use. The masks provide no protection if they are worn throughout the day.
As of Friday, March 13, 2020, all classes and exams at Erasmus MC will be suspended until further notice. This affects all of our bachelor and master programs. Students will be informed about the consequences directly by their program or program coordinators. Please keep an eye on updates by e-mail and other channels.
Classes and examens are suspended until further notice. The research master programs will determine what this means in practice. Students will be informed directly by their research master coordinator. Please keep a close eye on updates by e-mail, in person or on this information page.
Classes and exams are suspended until further notice. Nanobiology staff will determine what this means in practice and will notify students through Brightspace or by e-mail. As for classes and exams at TU Delft, local rules and regulations apply.
Classes and exams are suspended until further notice. Clinical Technology and Technical Medicine staff will determine what this means in practice and will notify students through Brightspace or by e-mail. As for classes and exams at TU Delft and LUMC, local rules and regulations apply.