Coronavirus outbreak tips and advice

The coronavirus has spread to more and more parts of the world, including Norway.

NLA University College follows the guidelines prescribed by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) and the travel advice prescribed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Read more about the coronavirus from the World Health Organization (WHO) here.

Students on exchange

Students who are on exchange have been informed about the advice of local health authorities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Abroad and on exchange

Students and staff who are in other areas with persistent spread of infection should follow the advice of the local health authorities, and should follow the UD's travel advice and FHI’s recommendations. Students who are on exchange should also register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel registration programme.

Students who will start their exchange later this spring in areas with persistent spread of infection must stay updated on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel advice and advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and seek advice from the academic community for follow-up.

Read more here about the National Institute of Public Health’s advice and information to the population about a new coronavirus.

For students who cannot travel on exchange because of national travel advice or who must cancel their stay due to restrictions at the foreign educational institution, we will, as far as possible, seek to prepare an alternative at home.


How to avoid the spread of infection

The health authorities are urging everyone to help prevent the spread of infection. It is important to emphasize good hand hygiene and to stay home from work, school, and the like if you are ill. It is also imperative that everyone who has returned home from their winter holiday after having been in an area with many infected people follow this advice. If you have questions about the coronavirus, you can call the number provided here.


How to prevent infection? 

Good hand hygiene is important to prevent infection transmission. FHI recommends that you wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and lukewarm water, especially when you have been out around people. Hand disinfection is a good alternative if hand washing is not possible. Liquid dispensers have been set up for disinfecting hands, and are located in various locations at all NLA study sites. 


What if I am afraid of being infected? 

Good hygiene practices are important, even if you do not feel ill. To prevent infection, avoid coughing or sneezing directly at others, and, when possible, keep one to two metres away from people with respiratory symptoms. You should also try to cough/sneeze into a paper towel (which you should then throw away) or into your elbow. Good hand hygiene, in the healthy as well as the sick, is important to prevent transmission of infection. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and lukewarm water, especially when you have been out with people. Hand disinfection is a good alternative if hand washing is not possible. If your hands are visibly dirty or wet, however, hand disinfection will have a reduced effect and your hands should be cleaned with soap and water. 


Do
 you suspect infection?

NLA follows the national guidelines of the FHIwhich state that those who are suspected of being infected mustcontact a physician by telephone for advice and an appointment for an examination:

 Call your GP, emergency room, or dial 116117.

 Follow the instructions they provideMost likelysamples will be taken and quarantined until the test results are available.

 If infection is detectedthey will initiate infection tracking and mapping of everyone with whom the infected personhas been in contactOnly then will it be relevant for the employer to initiate further measures in accordance withFHIs recommendations.