Last updated 27/04/2020
Everything you need to know about Coronavirus
The health and wellbeing of our students is important to us at Geneva Business School, so we have compiled some of the frequently asked questions recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Check updates to this page (WHO) or this page (FOPH) as new information becomes available.
This page also gives parents and students advice on how classes will continue while our physical campuses are closed.
For information about national quarantines in Switzerland and Spain, please refer to our Latest Updates page, which continuously updates with the latest information.
On this page:
- School Closure Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Advice to parents and students during campus closure
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Basic Protective Measures against COVID-19
For any concerns, please contact us:
Geneva Campus Tel: +41 22 906 94 94
Barcelona Campus Tel: +34 93 481 65 06
Madrid Campus Tel: +34 653 355 182
1. School Closure FAQs
When can I come back to campus?
The current situation means educational institutions must be flexible. To this end, we will open our campuses according to the national laws of Switzerland and Spain. If students are unable, or do not wish to return to campus, we will continue to provide blended learning options so that nobody misses out on their education.
We plan to open all our campuses for the beginning of the Fall semester, however, if this is not possible, we will continue with blended learning options.
For full details, please see our post on campus reopening.
What if the situation continues?
At Geneva Business School, we are prepared to continue and enhance our online classes, with the support of mentoring programs and the development of new online course material.
Can my child return home?
Yes. All students who have any concern for their health or are feeling uncomfortable with the current coronavirus situation are free to return to their home country, provided that they satisfy the requirements to enter that country. More information here.
Will there be an educational or financial penalty for not attending?
No. With the closure of all campuses Geneva Business School will continue to provide classes in a manner that ensures the safety and health of our students, faculty and staff. Classes will continue 100% online and adhering to current timetables with no penalty to course credits. Any concerns please contact your local academic staff.
Will my education be affected?
No. We have successfully switched 100% to online classes. All classes will continue online via Google Hangout Meet. All faculty are prepared to support your online learning and deliver classes as normal. Any concerns please contact your respective campus:
I am in a different time zone. How do I attend class online?
All classes are recorded by the professor, and automatically uploaded to the class on the event calendar approximately 10 minutes after the class. Professors will also upload classes to their Google Classroom, but this may take longer.
Students are required to view the video complete the assigned tasks within 24 hours after the class.
We also recommend emailing your professor to make them aware of your situation and geographic location.
What is social distancing?
In line with the recommendations of the European health authorities, you are required to maintain a social distance of two meters in order to protect yourselves and others, and in particular those who are especially vulnerable. If you continue to work with other people please maintain a safe distance.
Do I need to self isolate?
You may need to isolate yourself if you have traveled to an affected area, have been in close contact with an infected person, or are experiencing Covid-19 like symptoms. Spending 15 minutes within two meters (six feet) of someone with the virus, or having face-to-face contact, is judged to be a significant risk. When someone tests positive for the virus, health authorities try to trace everyone they have spent time with. They will then tell those people whether they need to self-isolate.
2. Advice to parents and students during campus closure
Changes to class attendance and delivery
Advice to parents and students now that face-to-face class attendance and delivery is not possible due to current coronavirus concerns
- Due to travel restrictions in some countries and advice from parents, some students have returned to their home countries. However, students will be required to follow their studies online via Google Classroom and will be expected to be back on campus when the threat from the virus is deemed to be safe.
- All campuses are now closed, all programs have been moved entirely online and teachers will deliver classes at the regular times, via Google Meet, which all students have access to.
- If a student or staff member starts to feel unwell with symptoms that correspond to the coronavirus that they should be immediately checked by a doctor and self-isolate. If they are well enough to work then they will do so from home.
- Faculty and staff will be able to work as normal from home. Classes will continue according to the normal timetable and will be delivered 100% online.
- Should you feel ill or show symptoms of Covid-19, we kindly remind you to remain at home and dial the local emergency numbers below:
Geneva 144 / 058 463 00 00
Barcelona 061 / 112 (for emergencies)
Madrid 900 102 112
WHO travel advice
Live global updates
3. Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs
What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and a dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, a runny nose, a sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. About 2% of people with the disease have died. People with a fever, a cough, and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
How does COVID-19 spread?
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be transmitted through the air?
Studies to date suggest that the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air.
Should I worry about COVID-19?
If you are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading, or if you have not traveled from one of those areas or have not been in close contact with someone who has and is feeling unwell, your chances of getting it are currently low. However, it’s understandable that you may feel stressed and anxious about the situation. It’s a good idea to get the facts to help you accurately determine your risks so that you can take reasonable precautions. Your healthcare provider, your national public health authority and your employer are all potential sources of accurate information on COVID-19 and whether it is in your area. It is important to be informed of the situation where you live and take appropriate measures to protect yourself.
Who is at risk of developing severe illness?
While we are still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others.
Is there a vaccine, drug, or treatment for COVID-19?
Not yet. To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. However, those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People experiencing serious symptoms should be hospitalized. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care.
Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19.
The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue, and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing.
Should I wear a mask to protect myself?
People with no respiratory symptoms, such as a cough, do not need to wear a medical mask. The WHO recommends the use of masks for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and for those caring for individuals who have symptoms, such as a cough and a fever. The use of masks is crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone (at home or in a healthcare facility).
How long is the incubation period for COVID-19?
The “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. These estimates will be updated as more data become available.
Is there anything I should not do?
The following measures ARE NOT effective against COVID-2019 and can be harmful:
Taking traditional herbal remedies
Wearing multiple masks
Taking self-medication such as antibiotics
What is the latest status of the coronavirus outbreak?
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak an “international public health emergency”, reporting about 80,000 cases worldwide. The vast of majority of these cases have been reported in China, but the WHO global risk assessment is “high”. Many national authorities and companies have imposed restrictions on travel to and from China and other affected areas. Check here for the latest news.
In any case, if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early to reduce the risk of developing a more severe infection and be sure to share your recent travel history with your healthcare provider.
4. Basic Protective Measures Against COVID-19
More information on how to protect yourself can be found here.