The CAMPUS COVID SCREEN project offers students and staff of the University the option of regular, voluntary testing for SARS-CoV-2 infection.
The test results from the Campus Covid Screen project do not meet the requirements of a medical certificate to comply with travel regulations under infection protection law or regulations relating to SARS-CoV-2.
Testing will take place in the Mensa Italia and Mensa Nord, Monday to Friday from 8:15 to 10:30.
We will keep you informed about further developments of the project on this website and via the University newsletter. We look forward to your participation and support of the project, which we hope will guide us all as safely as possible together through a limited, but nevertheless, ongoing onsite presence during the winter semester.
InformationThe aim of the project is twofold: in particular, to enable safe and responsible attendance in person during the winter semester 2020/2021; and at the same time to contribute to minimising the risk from unidentified infections with SARS-CoV-2 as far as possible.
The project is carried out in collaboration with the Institute of Medical Microbiology at the University Medical Centre Göttingen (UMG), the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation. From CAMPUS COVID SCREEN we want to model a prediction tool that enables us to make projections for high-risk or low-risk courses or to make a prediction for the likelihood of transmission for courses at the University of Göttingen.
Although a high rate of testing is desirable, any participation in testing is voluntary. There will be no negative consequences for non-participation; in particular, participation is not a prerequisite for access to university courses. Neither can testing in the context of this project release anyone from the obligations required by the public health department.
By participating in the testing and the subsequent test results, you will also be contributing to the body of valuable scientific knowledge in the context of research into the pandemic. However, your consent for subsequent use of the result for research purposes is not a prerequisite for participation in CAMPUS COVID SCREEN. In the event of your consent, your personal data / health data will be anonymised prior to its use for research purposes.
Further information for University (non-medicine) staff
Please note: if your participation in the Campus Covid Screen project takes place during your standard working hours, it counts towards hours worked.
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How are we doing the testing?You will be asked to provide a saliva sample as part of the testing. This will be used to determine whether there are any virus components in your saliva that could indicate infection with SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19.
The sample is taken at a designated test station, which you will be informed about in advance, and is processed in the laboratory of the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine.
As a participant, you will receive a sterile swab at the test station, with which you will first take a saliva sample yourself following the protocol provided. The swab is then handed over to a person standing ready to receive it, who is located behind a Plexiglas wall with appropriate personal protective equipment.
If a test is positive, the sample in question is retested in the UMG Medical Microbiology laboratory. If the positive result is confirmed, the Gesundheitsamt (public health department) in Göttingen will be notified as per the legal regulations and at the same time, the person concerned will be informed. In these circumstances, all further steps and decisions come under the responsibility of the relevant public health department.
RegistrationTo participate, prior registration with a specific appointment is essential. You will receive a confirmation of this by e-mail, without which on-site testing is not possible.
More Information and Registration
Further information on this theme:Reinhard Jahn (President):
No end to Covid-19 yet – what happens next at our Uni?
October with an addendum from the beginning of November
The winter semester is just around the corner, and there is still no end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic. Even though the summer semester at the University of Göttingen could to take place in digital form with only a few restrictions – thanks to a joint effort by all those involved – academic and social life at the University has come to an almost complete standstill. It is true that most students have more or less achieved their academic goals for the semester. However, a survey at the end of the semester showed that almost two thirds of our students suffered from social isolation and motivation problems. No wonder - the University was eerily empty. It's not only the academic programmes, but also the many discussions with fellow students and teachers and the joint activities that make studying a unique experience and a lastingly formative phase of life.
What can we do to ensure that personal meetings are possible, at least to some extent, once more in our University in the coming semester? We have decided to hold some of the courses in person. Granted, it won't be quite like it used to be: distancing rules must be observed; lecture and seminar rooms can only be used to a limited extent; and in all University buildings, hygiene rules must be observed and a face mask must be worn ("AHA rules") if you are not in the planned seating.
Unfortunately, we now know that even compliance with these rules cannot reliably protect us against infection, especially if the number of infections continues to rise. There is a very real danger that we will then have to partly or, in a worst case scenario, even completely cease face-to-face events again – far from a welcome prospect! In order to avoid this as much as possible, we have decided to offer students and staff regular coronavirus tests during the semester, working closely together with the Medical Microbiology Institute of the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) and the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine. We will set up several test centres where you can register online for a particular time slot. Taking samples is simple and much less unpleasant than the usual nasopharyngeal swab - you simply put a sort of cotton swab in your mouth, let it soak up saliva and then hand the swab over to a member of staff (we are looking for temporary staff for this task!). If everything works as planned, the results will be communicated by email on the same day.
What do we stand to gain from these tests? They allow us to monitor the development of the pandemic in the University much more closely, especially if as many of us as possible take part in the voluntary tests. We will obtain reliable figures on the "level of infection", which can only be roughly extrapolated at present. We will be able to better estimate the risk for each teaching course. If there is an outbreak, we will be able to control it more quickly and thus be able to intervene in a targeted way instead of having to close down large parts of the University again. Of course, it could always be the case that you will receive a negative test only to become infectious a few days later. For this reason, even if you have a negative result, you must in no way neglect the precautionary measures and you must not regard the result as a carte blanche for a party without safety measures! Nevertheless, this will be a huge step forward in the face of otherwise total uncertainty, and it is a way to return to a more normal way of university life, at least in some respects, and with less risk.
We still have a lot of work to do before these tests are available extensively. For example, we will only be able to offer relatively few tests at the beginning of the semester and will only reach full capacity in the course of the semester. The financing is also not yet clear. Since we are unfortunately not supported by the state, we are dependent on donations. We are currently preparing a fundraising campaign and hope that this will enable us to finance as many tests as possible.
And what happens if the test is positive? Fortunately, most young people do not get sick at all or relatively much less and so the risk of a severe course of illness for this group is very low. Moreover, we have excellent medical care in Göttingen, and the disease can now be treated much better than at the beginning of the pandemic. Of course - people carrying the infection have to be reported to the public health department, and you will have to spend some time in isolation. On the other hand, if you don't fall ill, the time is manageable and the probability that you will be catch the infection again afterwards is low.
Regular screening is a chance for a bit more normality in university life, and we hope that there will be a high rate of participation. With your help, we can all get through the winter semester safely!
Addendum: beginning of November
Due to the rapidly worsening situation regarding incidence of infection, we are urgently dependent on your cooperation if we want to maintain even limited presence here. Please help us achieve this:
- Wear your face mask (MNB) during lectures and, if possible, also when you speak!
- Observe the rules of distancing even in outdoor areas - you can also get infected outside, especially if there is no wind and you talk face-to-face, the risk of infection is high! The smell of a cigarette can be your guide: if you can smell it, you are in the transmission range of the smoker's aerosols!
- Follow the rules in your private life too! In other countries, many universities have already had to close because rules have been ignored!