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On 12 March the Latvian Crisis Management Council decided to suspend in-person teaching at all educational institutions.

Read more on the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers website (in English)

From 13 March to 14 April all education will be conducted remotely.

We ask that all RSU students and staff read the recommendations below for how to limit the possible spread of COVID-19 at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU)! (23.03.2020)

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.

 

Organisation of studiesRecommendations for residents
  • Lectures and classes at RSU do not take place in person and all studies are organised remotely according to the current, published lecture and class timetable.
  • Students are encouraged to communicate electronically. MyRSU or students' official RSU e-mail accounts should be used to request certificates, or transcripts and submit work.
  • Training for residents continues in the rotation cycle that began before the national emergency was declared.

  • Residents are involved in medical care corresponding to their situation and skill level.

  • Use Electronic communication should be used in case of emergency

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.

Call 113 immediately if you show signs of acute respiratory infection, regardless of the severity of the disease, and at least one of the following symptoms:

  • high temperature, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath;
  • and you were in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient 14 days prior to your symptoms;
  • or you traveled, or stayed in one of the territories affected by COVID-19 outside Latvia;
  • or you worked or visited a healthcare facility where patients with COVID-19 where being treated;
  • or the patient has a severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) and requires intensive care.

From March 17 2020 all countries in the world are considered as being affected by COVID-19 and are subject to special precautionary measures. All students or members of staff who have returned from abroad are required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. During this time you are required to monitor the state of your health. If you display even the slightest symptoms of respiratory tract infection (cough, sore throat, and high body temperature) call Emergency Services at 113 who will then conduct a laboratory text for COVID-19 infection.

Throughout the 14-day quarantine period, you must:

  • cooperate with and be reachable by your general practitioner;
  • monitor your health;
  • measure your body temperature twice daily - in the morning and evening;
  • and watch for signs of respiratory infection (elevated 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)

Rector's Decrees

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