Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to COVID-19 and SSE's regulations for faculty, staff, and students during this time
Health-related questions from the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Fokhälsomyndigheten):
- What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- Respiratory illness, fever and cough. A number of deaths have been reported. Those patients had serious pre-existing health conditions. Most people who are infected get mild respiratory symptoms that will disappear on their own, but some people develop more severe illnesses such as pneumonia. Our knowledge of the virus is growing all the time.
- How long is the incubation period of the coronavirus, i.e. the period between infection by the virus and appearance of the first symptoms?
- The incubation period of the coronavirus is thought to be 2–14 days before signs of disease.
- How long can the virus survive outside the body?
- Spread from person-to-person happens among close contacts. There is no indication today that the virus spreads via objects. It is currently unclear how long the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive outside the body. However, preliminary information indicates that it can survive for a limited time. Ordinary disinfectants can be used to kill the virus and to avoid infecting people.
- What can I do to avoid infection?
- A general preventive measure against respiratory infection is to avoid touching your face and eyes and to avoid close contact with sick people. Wash hands often with soap and warm water, before eating, before preparing food, and after toilet use. Alcohol-based hand rub can be an alternative when you are unable to wash hands. Cough and sneeze into the bend of your elbow or into a tissue to prevent infection from spreading around you, or from contaminating your hands. Stay at home when you are sick to avoid infecting people on the bus, at work or in areas where you are close to other people.
- What do I do if I feel like I may have some of the symptoms of COVID-19?
- Access to SSE is prohibited to anyone who has any symptoms at all of a cold or a cough, regardless of whether you have visited an affected region or not. Stay home, call 1177, and contact Program Office Director Anna Dozai if you are a student and HR Director Charlotte Celsing if you are staff or Faculty.