On 16 March 2020, the University of Lapland has decided that its teaching and research personnel start primarily conducting remote work.
By virtue of the Government's policy definition and section 58 of the Communicable Diseases Act, the Regional State Administrative Agency of Lapland has decided to close the premises of the University of Lapland for the period 18 March 2020 – 13 April 2020.
Owing to the closedown, all teaching and other activities are to be arranged remotely during the above period.
Students and anyone who is not part of our personnel are forbidden to stay in the university premises between 18 March and 13 April 2020. However, the premises of the Finnish Student Health Service are open according to the FSHS guidelines to ensure the healthcare of students.
Our personnel and students are instructed not to make any work- or study-related trips abroad. Students who are still abroad are recommended to return to Finland.
For the time being, all trips abroad must be cancelled or postponed. In addition, all study- and work-related visits from abroad must be cancelled or postponed for the time being.
We recommend our personnel and students to exercise extreme caution regarding all domestic travels.
Events and visitors
The University of Lapland will not arrange events (including doctoral defenses) comprising more than 10 persons in its premises. They can be arranged remotely, but one must consult the management before doing so. For the time being, the University of Lapland does not accept visitors from abroad.
Returning to Finland
Those returning to Finland from abroad are required to work and study at home for 14 days for the time being.
I think I have a coronavirus infection – now what?
If you have travelled in an affected area and get symptoms of acute respiratory infection such as high temperature, cough, and shortness of breath within 14 days of returning from an affected area, do the following:
- Always start by calling Lapland Central Hospital, phone (016) 3281 Mon.–Fri. between 7:30 and 17:00. At other times, call the emergency clinic (016) 322 4800.
- They will give you instructions on how to proceed.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue immediately after use.
- If you do not have a tissue, cough and sneeze into the upper part of your sleeve. Do not use your hands!
- Contact your supervisor or responsible course teacher by phone.
A dedicated coronavirus line has been opened for the clients of Terveystalo. To get instructions, call 030 63 39669 (Mon.–Fri. 8:00–20:00). The experts at Terveystalo assist and give instructions to those who think they have been exposed to the virus or are worried about their symptoms.
You may call FSHS through the HTA phone 046 710 1090 (Monday–Thursday 8:00–15:00, Friday 8:00–14:00) or SelfChat (Monday–Friday 12:00–14:00).
How to protect yourself against the virus?
The coronavirus spreads from one individual to another primarily via airborne respiratory fluid particles. The greatest risk of infection is created when an infected person coughs or sneezes into one's surroundings. You may also catch the virus through contact infection by touching a surface. According to current knowledge, you are not likely to get infected by a person who has no symptoms.
- You can protect yourself from the virus like you do with other pathogens causing respiratory tract infections. You should wash your hands properly and cough as instructed above.
- Maintain at least 1 meter distance between yourself and other people.
- You are recommended to wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. Wash your hands every time when you enter a building; before preparing a meal and eating; after using the toilet, blowing your nose, coughing, and sneezing; and always when you have touched the same surfaces as someone who has a cold.
- You should also avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth if you have not washed your hands just recently.
- If you cannot wash your hands, use liquid hand sanitizer to inactivate corona- and other viruses.
- If you have symptoms of the common cold, influenza, or some other infectious disease, stay at home.