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To all international students
15 September 2020
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Dear $recipient.Firstname$
It's great to see Lund's streets and public spaces filling up again after a quiet summer without students. We hope that you are enjoying life in Lund and your studies so far.

The pandemic affects Sweden too

The ongoing global pandemic might not feel so urgent a concern when the sun is shining, and people are out in the streets without face masks. However, Sweden's current infection figures are reported in the news daily, reports from vulnerable groups are considered somberly, employees advised to work from home and elderly people are largely isolated in their homes in order to avoid the disease. This mean that large proportions of the population are not moving widely about in the streets or in the shops.

It is up to us, the people who move freely, to do our utmost to prevent the spread of the infection, for our own sake and for the sake of others.

The Swedish Public Health Agency's recommended measures for individuals are very simple and they work, if we all stick to them under all circumstances.
Film about Covid-19 recommendations by Dr Magnus Rasmussen
Follow the recommendations!
Doctor Magnus Rasmussen, professor of Infectious Medicine and Physician, explains what you as a student should keep in mind regarding the pandemic.
Watch the film on YouTube
Film about Covid-19 recommendations by Dr Magnus Rasmussen
Recommendations vs. legal injunction
State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell explains why we do not use legal injunctions in Sweden's fight against to Covid-19 - recommendations are taken seriously.
Listen to the radio clip from Sveriges Radio
In order to protect yourself and others

Keep your distance and take personal responsibility

It is everyone's responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Keep your distance from others both indoors and outdoors.

1-1,5 meters distance to others means leaving every other chair in the kitchen empty and not arranging get togethers or parties in the student dormitories. If you do gather outside, remember that you still need to keep a distance. This may feel uncomfortable at first, especially if you find that others do not obey the rules. However, it is one of the most important measures, and we all need to help each other follow to this rule.

Stay home if you feel unwell

Stay at home at the first sign of illness and avoid contact with other people – even if you only have mild symptoms of a cold! The most common symptoms reported are a fever and a cough. Other common symptoms are shortness of breath, a sore throat, a headache and aching muscles or joints. Some people develop more severe illness such as breathing difficulties or pneumonia.

Again, stay at home even if you only feel slightly unwell, and for as long as you feel unwell. Shared spaces, such as kitchens and living rooms should be avoided. Stay in your room, ask your neighbours for help with your grocery shopping. Remember to inform your course or programme coordinator.

If your condition gets worse and you are unable to care for yourself at home, please call 1177 for healthcare advice.
Do not return to shared areas or to your class for at least two days after you have recovered.

Observe good hand hygiene

The infection is transmitted when we shake hands or our hands are otherwise exposed. So, wash your hands often with soap and hot water, for at least 20 seconds.

Always wash your hands when you get home or to school, before meals, when preparing food and of course after using the toilet. Use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available.

Cough and sneeze into your elbow (not your hand)

When you cough or sneeze, you spread tiny droplets containing infectious agents. If you cough or sneeze into your elbow or a paper tissue, you can prevent the infection from spreading to people around you or from contaminating your hands. Always put used tissues into the bin and wash your hands afterwards.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Infection is spread through mucous membranes in the eyes, nose and mouth. One way to prevent respiratory infections generally is to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Avoid peak hours

Avoid peak hours in libraries, receptions desks, shops and when travelling by public transport. Do not remain on university premises for longer than you need to after teaching sessions.
Taking a Covid-19 test

You can get a test at home through a self-test or at many local health centres.

Log in to 1177.se and order a self-test. You need to have a Swedish personal identity number and an e-ID to place an order. The self-test is then sent to a pharmacy. Ask someone else to pick up and drop off the test at the pharmacy. You yourself are not allowed to visit the pharmacy, and you will take the test at home. The test instructions are only available in Swedish.
Find more information about the self-test

Call a health centre if you do not have a Swedish personal identity number and want to take a test. The health centre will decide if you should get tested or not.
Find health centres

Keep updated continuously
The recommendations of the Swedish Public Health Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are updated as the situation changes. This will affect the University’s overall decisions and approach as well. Students and staff are urged to stay updated via the websites of public authorities as well as through Lund University’s dedicated coronavirus webpages.

Stay updated via these links:
Covid-19 information for students in the lunduniversity website
The Public Health Agency in Sweden - read the recommedations
Swedish authorities' emergency information can be found on www.krisinformation.se
Travel restrictions - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
If you have inquiries
For general questions you are welcome to contact the International Desk and we will do our best to answer or help you find further assistance. Contact us via e-mail at studentreception@lu.se

If you have questions regarding your courses or other academic matters please contact your programme or course coordinator at Lund University.

Stay safe and take care! 

Kind regards,

International Desk
Division of External Relations
Lund University