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Practical info for foreign students

Dear Students,

The following practical info is destined to international visiting scientists of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Since we believe that many of this advice would be also usefl for you, we have slightly edited the text of prof. Sebo (one our leading microbiologists, expert on Bordetella pertussis) and share it here with you.

Best regards,

David Sedmera

On behalf of the Dean’s Board

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Dear foreign colleagues,

to be sure that the information reaches you as well:

First of all, let me reassure you that the epidemiological situation with the coronavirus in the Czech Republic is still quite good.
Surely much better than in many other EU countries (e.g. Northern Italy, France, Spain, Germany or UK)

We thus far only have about 300 diagnosed coronavirus carriers in 10 mil. people
This means that the real number of infected theremay be perhaps ~3000 - 10 000 infected people (1:1000 / 3333), which is still great.
Thanks to the epidemiological measures taken rather early by our government, for the moment the dynamics of increase of infected people in the CR is still rather slow, not really exponential,
Young healthy adults and children are at minimal risk - there is no reason to panic for anyone of you...
You are much safer in the Czech Republic at present than in many other places in Europe...

In order to limit as much as possible the spread of the coronavirus and make sure that the epidemic wave (will hit us in 14 - 18 days) remains as low and as flat as possible (and the ICUs in the hospitals do not get overwhelmed), the Czech Republic has declared an Emergency state:

You may have already noticed that:

- all shops have been shut down, excluding shops selling food and the pharmacies selling drugs

- all restaurants and bars are closed.

- all movement of individuals in public spaces is legally restricted to travel to work and back home, to food purchasing, to assuring care for the closest, or attending medical care treatment and/or urgent administrative actions

- you are allowed to leave your home for going to work and back, but avoid hanging outside and gathering with friends, or going for sightseeing...

- Czech borders and airports are essentially closed now:
https://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/issues_and_press/press_releases/x2020_03_07_questions_and_answers_in_relation_to_the.html

- Anyone who recently arrived from a high risk country, where coronavirus incidence is high (e.g. Italy, France, Germany, Austria etc.) is legally obliged to stay in a quarantine for 14 days at home - non-respecting this order can cost the person a fine of up to 3 million CZK (120 000 Euro)

- Anyone who is aware of being infected by the coronavirus and deliberately, or by negligence, transmits it to anyone else, does commit a criminal act. If convicted, such a person can go to jail for up to 6 years ..

While queuing in the shops and for lunch etc., you are supposed to keep the distance of 2 m from any other person

Please, wash your hands all the time after touching the handle of the doors, the handles in buses, metro and tramway.

Please, do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed and non-sanitized hands
Wear a protective mask in public transport vehicles - it can be improvised to limit spread of your aerosol as you breath or cough, simply put a piece of a tissue over your mouth, etc. Manifest your solidarity to reassure the others...

Wear leather of rubber gloves in public transport vehicles and wherever you can - it will prevent you from touching your nose, mouth and eyes by your hands...

DO NOT PANIC AND KEEP COOL!!!

THE RISK OF GETTING INFECTED IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC IS FOR THE MOMENT VERY LOW, one of lowest in the entire EU.

ALL THE MEASURES ARE TAKEN TO MAKE SURE THAT IT STAYS LIKE THAT !!!

If we play the game and are respectful to the others, we still have a chance to avoid a real epidemic wave, which is not the case of Italy, France, UK or Germany anymore...

Thnaks for understanding.

Peter

Prof. Peter Sebo, PhD.
Head, Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Bacterial Pathogens
Institute of Microbiology of the ASCR, v.v.i.
http://mbucas.cz/en/research/microbiology/laboratory-of-molecular-biology-of-bacterial-pathogens/
Czech Academy of Sciences
Videnska 1083
142 20 Prague 4
Czech Republic


 

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