Protect yourself and others from COVID-19
On 12 March the Latvian Crisis Management Council decided to suspend in-person teaching at all educational institutions.
We ask that all students and staff of Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) carefully read the updated recommendations on how to limit the spread of the coronavirus at RSU (11.05.2020).
Dear Students and Colleagues!
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 11 March 2020 that Covid-19 has reached pandemic proportions. Based on this, a state of emergency has been declared in Latvia from 13 March onwards. On Thursday, 7 May, the Cabinet of Ministers prolonged the emergency situation until 9 June with the aim of limiting the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, the Cabinet adopted a decree about gradually lifting, or easing certain restrictions and from 12 May, the restrictions on education, sport, the organisation and of various events, transport and tourism have been eased. This is, however, contingent on strict adherence to all physical distancing and epidemiological safety measures.
Regarding education, however, all study processes will continue to take place remotely - also at Rīga Stradiņš University.
Please read the updated recommendations for limiting the possible spread of COVID-19 at RSU carefully! In the case of significant changes, this information will be updated.
About the disease
COVID-19 is a newly discovered infectious disease caused by the coronavirus. The virus and the disease it causes were unknown before the outbreak in Wuhan (China) in December 2019. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, fatigue, sore throat, dry cough and shortness of breath. The disease can spread from an infected person to others through tiny airborne droplets from coughing, exhaling in close proximity, or sneezing. In most cases the incubation period ranges from 1 to 14 days, but is most often around 5 days.
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Q&A on the study process during the national state of emergency
See below for a video of a Q&A in English with Prof. Guntis Bahs, Vice-Rector for Health Studies, and Smuidra Žermanos, Dean of the International Student Department.
World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for reducing the spread of COVID-19
- Monitor your health and do not go to work if you display signs of respiratory infection (coughing, sore throat, high body temperature);
- Wash your hands frequently with soap, water and alcohol-based hand disinfectants;
- Use disposable tissues, or cover your mouth with your elbow when coughing or sneezing, and then wash your hands thoroughly;
- Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, and mouth) with unwashed hands;
- Avoid close contact with people with signs of respiratory infection, try to keep a distance of at least 2 meters;
- Regularly clean and ventilate premises.
- If your symptoms are mild, the State Emergency Medical Service of Latvia will come to your place of residence (e.g., home, hotel, etc.) and collect samples for diagnostic testing. You will not be taken to the hospital and will remain in your residence.
- If your symptoms are severe, the State Emergency Medical Service of Latvia will take you to hospital and the diagnostic testing will be done while in the hospital.
- Positive results, for patients who have not been hospitalised, will be given by telephone, and contact tracing will commence immediately. Please follow further directions of the local health authority.
Recommendations in case if you have a confirmed COVID-19 infection and are being treated in isolation at home:
- You must adhere to strict isolation. It is preferable for the patient to have a designated room. Ideally this should be a well-ventilated single room (i.e. with a window, which can be opened, and door). Family members are recommended to stay in other rooms. If this is not possible, a distance of at least 2m from the sick person shall be observed.
- Limit the number of carers. It is recommended that only one relative be involved in caring for the sick person. Preferably the caregiver should be of good health and have no chronic diseases. Visits by other people should be prevented.
Countries affected by COVID-19 are subject to special precautionary measures. From 17 March 2020 all countries of the world are considered as affected.
From 3 June 2020, citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area, and the Swiss Confederation, as well as people who permanently reside in those countries, will no longer be obligated to go into a 14-day self-isolation period when traveling to Latvia. This is, however, predicated on their home countries maintaining an incidence of 15 individuals per 100,000 to have fallen ill with COVID-19.
Epidemiological data listing this data for all European countries will be updated each Friday on the Latvian Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) website.
A student or staff member who has returned from another country is still required to self-isolate for 14 days.
During this time:
- you are advised to monitor the state of their health and call the emergency services 113 if they show even the smallest signs, or symptoms of respiratory tract infection (a cough, sore throat, or high body temperature);
- you must be available by phone throughout the isolation period and cooperate with your general practitioner;
- you must monitor the status of your health, take your body temperature twice daily - morning and evening - and watch for signs of respiratory infections such as high body temperature, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, etc.
Latvian Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (in English)
WHO website on the coronavirus pandemic
Download RSU COVID-19 information (in English)
Free online crisis consultations (in English)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia contact sheet
Lecture on remote therapy
Epidemiological Safety Measures for Organising Mass Events (11.03.2020)
Epidemiological Safety Measures Concerning the Organisation of the Study Process in Relation to the Spread of COVID-19 (11.03.2020)
RSU Professor and Infectologist Ludmila Vīksna on What Is Currently Known About COVID-19 (16 March 2020)
RSU Professor Ģirts Briģis On How to Stop the COVID-19 Pandemic (14 April 2020)
Professor Ģirts Briģis: There is Risk of Social Distancing Fatigue (28 April 2020)
RSU Professor and Infectologist Ludmila Vīksna on What Is Currently Known About COVID-19 (Continued) (31 April 2020)
Infectologist Ludmila Vīksna: I Have Found no Evidence for a Second Global Wave of COVID-19 (22 May 2020)
‘It’s Important to Remain Calm and Rational’: Latvian and Lithuanian Views on COVID-19 (28 May 2020)
Prof. Gunta Ancāne: This Crisis Highlights People's Maturity Level (June 10 2020)
App Developed to Limit the Spread of the Coronavirus in Latvia (June 10 2020)