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Precautionary measures

Leiden University always follows the health advice of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Control the spread of the virus: keep your distance and get tested if you have symptoms

Together, we’ll get coronavirus under control. Follow the RIVM’s measures to avoid contracting or spreading the virus:

  • Avoid crowds.
  • Work from home.
  • Keep 1.5 metres from others.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (not your hands). Dispose of tissues immediately and wash your hands.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available.
  • Face masks are compulsory in all Leiden University buildings, as in all public buildings in the Netherlands since 1 December. Read more
  • If you experience cold-like symptoms, coughing, shortness of breath and/or an elevated temperature or fever: stay at home and get tested for the coronavirus. Call 0800-1202 for an appointment.
  • Also stay home if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested postivie for coroanavirus. Get yourself tested if you develop symptoms – or after five days if you still do not have any symptoms. 

What to do if you feel sick?

If you have any coronavirus symptoms, call 0800-1202 for to book a test. As of 1 December 2020, you can also get a test if you may have been infected but do not have any symptoms. For more information on testing see Rijsoverheid.nl.

Call your GP if you are experiencing severe shortness of breath or have a high fever, or if you are worried. If you do not have a GP, you can contact the local branch of the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD).

  • For Leiden, this is GGD Hollands Midden at 088 308 30 00.
  • For The Hague, this is GGD Haaglanden at 088 355 01 00.

Once you have been tested, stay home until you get the results. If you also have a fever or shortness of breath, the other people in your household must also stay home until the results of the test are known. Do your household members also experience any symptoms? Then they can get tested too.

More information on the testing procedure can be found at the RIVM website

Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) guidelines in other languages

The RIVM website has an English section on coronavirus: RIVM.nl/en/novel-coronavirus. The guidelines have also been translated by volunteers into several other languages and are available at ludejo.eu/corona. There are already translations in Arabic, French, Spanish, Turkish and Polish.

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