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Procedure in cases of infection or suspected infection

Status: 8 November 2021

a.   Persons who are infected and have tested positive do not come back to the university, inform their superiors (students inform their teachers) and please report directly by e-mail to the company doctor (betriebsarzt_ @udk-berlin.de).

b.   Independent of reporting to the university's company physician/instructors/supervisors are the measures established by the Health Department for persons who are infected and for contact persons.

c.   "Close contacts" are currently defined by the RKI as the following (RKI - Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 - Kontaktpersonen-Nachverfolgung (KP-N) bei SARS-CoV-2-Infektionen).

  • Staying in the near field of the case (<1.5 m) for longer than 10 minutes without adequate protection (adequate protection = case and contact person consistently and correctly wearing MNS [mouth-nose protection] or FFP2 mask).
  • Conversation with case (face-to-face contact, <1.5 m, regardless of duration of conversation) without adequate protection or direct contact (with respiratory secretions).
  • Contact person (and case) being in the same room with likely high concentration of infectious aerosols regardless of distance for longer than 10 minutes, even if MNS (mouth-nose protection) or FFP2 mask was worn consistently and correctly.

d.   Contacts are to be identified starting 2 days before symptom onset of the index person; if no symptom onset is known, 2 days before positive PCR test applies.

e.   Individuals who fall into the "close contact" group will be identified by the supervisor/ teacher along with the infected individual.

The following applies:

  • All who have not been vaccinated must stay home for 10 days. "Free testing" possible with PCR test if symptom free from day 5 of quarantine.
  • All who are vaccinated and symptom-free may continue to come to the university and watch for symptoms. PCR testing is recommended.
  • All who develop symptoms must seclude themselves until symptoms have resolved and take a PCR test immediately.
    • PCR testing is free (through primary care physicians) if one has symptoms, for both ill persons and close contacts.
    • Symptom-free close contacts currently have to pay for the PCR tests themselves.
    • In case of risk contact via the Corona warning app, a PCR test should also be performed according to the RKI recommendation. In this case, we recommend that you visit your doctor, as the cost of the PCR test can be covered by the health insurance if there is a risk.  


Persons with symptoms of a cold/flu infection please do not come to the university.

  • These individuals will remain at home,
    • Inform their supervisors or instructors.
    • Individuals will call in sick and not return until symptoms have subsided.
    • Those individuals with cold symptoms for whom this is possible will go to the home office in coordination with their supervisor.