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COVID-19 Coronavirus

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world, we at Geneva Business School would like to share our Health and Safety Protocols on how we continue to provide a safe learning environment for our students.

Geneva Covid-19 Protocol

Spain Covid-19 Protocol

Our Geneva, Barcelona, and Madrid campuses are currently open for campus tours and meetings with staff. For the health and safety of our community, all classes on the Geneva and Barcelona campuses will be delivered remotely until the end of the semester. The Barcelona campus is open for private study, meetings with faculty and staff and group work (groups of less than 6). The Madrid campus remains open. Find out more information below in Latest Updates. 

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Coronavirus Latest Updates

2 November

  • In Switzerland:
  • A new period of semi-confinement will extend from 2 to 29 November in the Canton of Geneva.
    • All bars, restaurants and non-essential businesses will remain closed.
  • All universities and higher education entities will go to remote learning starting Monday, 2 November. Geneva Business School Geneva Campus will therefore pursue its classes fully online until the end of the Fall semester, Friday, 18 December 2020.
  • Any concerns or questions may be directed to the Campus Director for Switzerland, Sébastien Troyon.
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  • In Spain:
  • In an effort to contain the current COVID-19 situation in Spain, the Central and Catalan Governments have declared a State of Emergency. This means:
  • a curfew from 22:00 (Barcelona) / 23:00 (Madrid) to 06:00 nightly for the next 15 days with the possibility of an extension until 9 May 2021.
  • Groups are limited to 6 people
  • Exercising or congregating in parks is prohibited
  • Here is a detailed list of what you can and cannot do by region, in English and the Official State of Emergency document, in Spanish.
  • In Catalonia (Barcelona),
    • the borders will be closed for 15 days from 30 October. 
    • Residents are to be confined to their own municipalities at the weekends, from 6pm Friday to 6am Monday. Movement between municipalities at weekends is otherwise restricted to essential work, force majeure, or to care for a dependent person only. The measure is also in place for 15 days (for at least the next two weekends).
  • Our Barcelona campus is open as of 2 November, however classes are to be conducted remotely until the end of the semester. Students are able to safely use the campus for private study, group work (groups less than 6 people), and meetings with faculty and staff.
  • Our Madrid campus is open and hybrid classes are continuing as normal. All classes on all campuses will finish by 20:30 to ensure enough time for students to return home in time for the curfew.
  • Any concerns or questions may be directed to the Campus Director for Spain, Nicola Jackman
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  • Further Information for our community:
  • The Spanish emergency number for COVID-19 is 061 (toll-free).
  • WHO Live global updates – Rolling updates as events unfold
  • WHO travel advice – Global travel updates and advice
  • Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FPOH) – comprehensive updates on Switzerland and worldwide
  • CDC COVID-19 website – Health advice for managing symptoms, caring for sick family members and self-isolation within your home
  • BOE website – Spanish federal government regulations page for updates to the State of Emergency
  • GenCat website - Catalan Government site with updates (use Chrome and Google Translate)

29 October

  • In Spain:
  • In an effort to contain the current COVID-19 situation in Spain, the Central and Catalan Governments have declared a State of Emergency. This means:
  • a curfew from 22:00 (Barcelona) / 23:00 (Madrid) to 06:00 nightly for the next 15 days with the possibility of an extension until 9 May.
  • Groups are limited to 6 people
  • Exercising or congregating in parks is prohibited
  • Here is a detailed list of what you can and cannot do by region, in English and the Official State of Emergency document, in Spanish.
  • In Catalonia (Barcelona),
    • the borders will be closed for 15 days from 30 October. 
    • Residents are to be confined to their own municipalities at the weekends, from 6pm Friday to 6am Monday – except for visits to cemeteries in other municipalities, permitted on Saturday 31 Oct and Sunday 1 Nov (All Saints Day).
    • Movement between municipalities at weekends is otherwise restricted to essential work, force majeure, or to care for a dependent person only. The measure is also in place for 15 days (for at least the next two weekends).
  • Our Barcelona campus will remain closed for the period 19 October to 2 November, this period could be extended further. Students have been requested to remain at home and all classes are continuing online for this period.
  • Our Madrid campus is open and hybrid classes are continuing as normal. All classes on all campuses will finish by 20:30 to ensure enough time for students to return home in time for the curfew.
  • Any concerns or questions may be directed to the Campus Director for Spain, Nicola Jackman

  • In Switzerland:
  • Following the latest Swiss governmental decisions announced today, Wednesday 28 October, all universities and higher education entities need to go to remote learning starting Monday, 2 November. Geneva Business School Geneva Campus will therefore pursue its classes fully online until the end of the Fall semester, Friday, 18 December 2020.
  • Any concerns or questions may be directed to the Campus Director for Switzerland, Sébastien Troyon.
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  • Further Information for our community:
  • The Spanish emergency number for COVID-19 is 061 (toll-free).
  • WHO Live global updates – Rolling updates as events unfold
  • WHO travel advice – Global travel updates and advice
  • Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FPOH) – comprehensive updates on Switzerland and worldwide
  • CDC COVID-19 website – Health advice for managing symptoms, caring for sick family members and self-isolation within your home
  • BOE website – Spanish federal government regulations page for updates to the State of Emergency
  • GenCat website - Catalan Government site with updates (use Chrome and Google Translate)

28 October

  • In Switzerland:
  • Following the latest Swiss governmental decisions announced today, Wednesday 28 October, all universities and higher education entities need to go to remote learning starting Monday, 2 November. Geneva Business School Geneva Campus will therefore pursue its classes fully online until the end of the Fall semester, Friday, 18 December 2020.

 

  • Universities and higher education institutions will go to full remote learning
  • Restaurants & bars to be closed from 23:00 to 06:00
  • Wearing masks is now compulsory in selected outdoor spaces such as outside shops, theatres, cinemas, concert halls, restaurants, bars, markets as well as Christmas markets. It is also mandatory in pedestrian paths that are crowded 
  • protests of more than 50 people are no longer permitted
  • non-professional sports and cultural activities of max 15 people are still allowed, as long as social distancing and the wearing of masks is respected
  • rapid covid tests will be available starting Monday 2 November 2020
  • Private gatherings are restricted to 10 people maximum

  • Given the very high incidence of coronavirus cases in Switzerland, the Federal Council has increased the threshold to place countries and zones on their quarantine list. From now on, only countries and territories where the cases exceed the incidence in Switzerland by more than 60 will be declared at risk. Presently, only Belgium, the Czech Republic, Andorra, and Armenia, as well as three zones in France (Hauts-de-France, IIe de France, and Polynesia), will be considered as regions at risk in connection with the coronavirus from Thursday 29 October, so that the list of risk areas still includes more than 60 countries and many regions neighboring Switzerland on Wednesday 28 October.
  • Any concerns or questions may be directed to the Campus Director for Switzerland, Sébastien Troyon.
  •  
  • In Spain:
  • In an effort to contain the current COVID-19 situation in Spain, the Central and Catalan Governments have declared a State of Emergency. This means:
  • a curfew from 22:00 (Barcelona) / 23:00 (Madrid) to 06:00 nightly for the next 15 days with the possibility of an extension until 9 May.
  • Groups are limited to 6 people
  • Exercising or congregating in parks is prohibited
  • Here is a detailed list of what you can and cannot do, in English.

  • Our Barcelona campus will remain closed for the period 19 October to 2 November, this period could be extended further. Students have been requested to remain at home and all classes are continuing online for this period. Our Madrid campus is open and hybrid classes are continuing as normal. All classes on all campuses will finish by 20:30 to ensure enough time for students to return home in time for the curfew.
  • Any concerns or questions may be directed to the Campus Director for Spain, Nicola Jackman

  • Further Information for our community:
  • The Spanish emergency number for COVID-19 is 061 (toll-free).
  • WHO Live global updates – Rolling updates as events unfold
  • WHO travel advice – Global travel updates and advice
  • Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FPOH) – comprehensive updates on Switzerland and worldwide
  • CDC COVID-19 website – Health advice for managing symptoms, caring for sick family members and self-isolation within your home
  • BOE website – Spanish federal government regulations page for updates to the State of Emergency
  • GenCat website - Catalan Government site with updates (use Chrome and Google Translate)

26 October

  • At this time we encourage all students and faculty to be responsible leaders. Please follow our Health and Safety Protocols and inform your Campus Director immediately if you feel unwell or have been in contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19.

  • In Switzerland:
  • Due to a small number of students testing positive for COVID-19, the Geneva Campus student body are currently requested to stay at home and await further updates from the Cantonal Doctor. All information has been shared with the Cantonal Doctor who will be in touch with selected individuals for next steps and will manage the identification and communication regarding this incident. We are awaiting their instructions and will keep our community posted accordingly.
  • All studies are continuing online following normal timetables. The campus remains open for staff and faculty and campus tours are still available.
  • Some new measures to contain the virus in Switzerland are in place, please read the full list here.
  • Any concerns or questions may be directed to the Campus Director for Switzerland, Sébastien Troyon.

  • In Spain:
  • In an effort to contain the current COVID-19 situation in Spain, the Central and Catalan Governments have declared a State of Emergency. This means:
  • a curfew from 22:00 (Barcelona) / 23:00 (Madrid) to 06:00 nightly for the next 15 days with the possibility of an extension until 9 May.
  • Groups are limited to 6 people
  • Exercising or congregating in parks is prohibited
  • Here is a detailed list of what you can and cannot do, in English.

  • Our Barcelona campus will remain closed for the period 19 October to 2 November, this period could be extended further. Students have been requested to remain at home and all classes are continuing online for this period. Our Madrid campus is open and hybrid classes are continuing as normal. All classes on all campuses will finihs by 20:30 to ensure enough time for students to return home in time for the curfew.
  • Any concerns or questions may be directed to the Campus Director for Spain, Nicola Jackman

  • Further Information for our community:
  • The Spanish emergency number for COVID-19 is 061 (toll free).
  • WHO Live global updates – Rolling updates as events unfold
  • WHO travel advice – Global travel updates and advice
  • Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FPOH) – comprehensive updates on Switzerland and worldwide
  • CDC COVID-19 website – Health advice for managing symptoms, caring for sick family members and self-isolation within your home
  • BOE website – Spanish federal government regulations page for updates to the State of Emergency
  • GenCat website - Catalan Government site with updates (use Chrome and Google Translate)

16 October

Spain: With the recommendation of new measures by the Catalan Government to contain the current COVID-19 outbreak in the city, we have decided to act responsibly and our Barcelona campus will remain closed for the period 19 October to 2 November.

Students have been requested to remain at home and all classes will continue online for the next two weeks.

Any concerns or questions may be directed to the Campus Director for Spain, Nicola Jackman

14 October

Switzerland: The COVID-19 situation in Switzerland has evolved with an increase in cases. Thus the Federal Council has imposed the following decisions to impede the spread of the virus:

  • Gatherings of more than 15 people in public spaces are prohibited
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory in all establishments accessible to the public

More information can be found here (in French).

A reminder to all Geneva students, staff, and faculty to follow our Health and Safety Protocols and inform your Campus Director immediately if you feel unwell or have been in contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19.

9 October

On Thursday 8 October one of our semester 5 cohort reported testing positive for COVID-19, so we have enacted the Health and Safety protocol for Spain on the Barcelona Campus. To ensure the safety of all students, staff, and faculty we have sent the affected students and faculty home to quarantine for 2 weeks.

The Barcelona campus remains open. Any faculty and students who had been in contact with the student affected will be quarantined at home until 15 October 2020.

All classes are continuing as normal online. Our protocols have been activated to ensure the continued wellbeing of our Barcelona student body, staff, and faculty. When we receive negative test results for all students and faculty affected we will allow them to return to campus.

Any concerned students please contact our Campus Director, Nicola Jackman-Lansdowne

Check this page for updates as the situation is managed in Barcelona.

5 October 2020

On Friday 2 October the regional government in Madrid declared a partial lockdown for two weeks. Here you can find a list of what you can and cannot do under the lockdown order. Read the official announcement here (in Spanish).

MADRID CAMPUS: Due to one of our Fall 2020 cohort testing positive for COVID-19, we have enacted the Health and Safety protocol for Spain on the Madrid Campus. To ensure the safety of all students, staff, and faculty we have sent the Fall 2020 cohort home to quarantine for 2 weeks.

The Madrid campus remains open. Any faculty and students who had been in contact with the student affected will be quarantined at home from 29 September until 13 October 2020.

All classes are continuing as normal online. Our protocols have been activated to ensure the continued wellbeing of our Madrid student body, staff, and faculty. When we receive negative test results for all students and faculty from the Fall 2020 cohort we will allow them to return to campus.

Any concerned students please contact our Academic Dean, Hector J. Martin Sampedro.

Check this page for updates as the situation is managed in Madrid.

29 September 2020

Due to one of our Fall 2020 cohort testing positive for COVID-19, we have enacted the Health and Safety protocol for Spain on the Madrid Campus. To ensure the safety of all students, staff, and faculty we have sent the Fall 2020 cohort home to quarantine for 2 weeks.

The Madrid campus remains open. Any faculty and students who had been in contact with the student affected will be quarantined at home from 29 September until 13 October 2020.

All classes are continuing as normal online. Our protocols have been activated to ensure the continued wellbeing of our Madrid student body, staff, and faculty. When we receive negative test results for all students and faculty from the Fall 2020 cohort we will allow them to return to campus.

Any concerned students please contact our Academic Dean, Hector J. Martin Sampedro.

Check this page for updates as the situation is managed in Madrid.

11 August 2020

  • In Switzerland:
  • The Federal Council continues to maintain measures against COVID-19 in Switzerland. Many businesses and institutions are allowed to open and events are permitted, as long as they have appropriate precautionary measures in place. Continue to observe the hygiene and social distancing rules.
  • In Spain:
  • It is now compulsory to wear a mask in public and in all workplaces.

As of 17 July 2020, the population is requested to stay at home, work from home where possible and limit outings to essential trips. More information here (use Chrome and Google translate page).

More information on Spanish Coronavirus rules can be found here (use Chrome and Google translate page).


Further Information for our community:

WHO Live global updates – Rolling updates as events unfold
WHO travel advice – Global travel updates and advice
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FPOH)  
CDC COVID-19 website – Health advice for managing symptoms, caring for sick family members and self-isolation within your home
BOE website – Spanish federal government regulations page for updates to the State of Emergency

17 July 2020

In Switzerland:

The Federal Council continues to maintain measures against COVID-19 in Switzerland. Many businesses and institutions are allowed to open and events are permitted, as long as they have appropriate precautionary measures in place. Continue to observe the hygiene and social distancing rules. The latest information from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FPOH) can be found here. More information on what is, and is not allowed can be found here.


All questions regarding Switzerland’s reduced measures against the coronavirus situation can be found in the Federal Health Department’s FAQs.

In Spain:

As of 17 July 2020, Metropolitan Barcelona has imposed restrictions to limit movement in the city for 15 days, this could be extended further. The population is requested to stay at home and limit outings to essential trips. More information here (use Chrome and Google translate page).

It is now compulsory to wear a mask in public and in all workplaces.

More information on Spanish Coronavirus rules, can be found here (use Chrome and Google translate page).

 

Further Information for our community:

WHO Live global updates – Rolling updates as events unfold
WHO travel advice – Global travel updates and advice
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FPOH)  
CDC COVID-19 website – Health advice for managing symptoms, caring for sick family members and self-isolation within your home
BOE website – Spanish federal government regulations page for updates to the State of Emergency

18 June 2020

In Switzerland:

The Federal Council continues to ease measures against COVID-19 in Switzerland. Many businesses and institutions are allowed to open and events are permitted, as long as they have appropriate precautionary measures in place. Continue to observe the hygiene and social distancing rules. The latest information from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FPOH) can be found here.

  • Classroom teaching of up to 5 students (upper secondary schools, higher education, and other educational institutions) is permitted. See our announcement regarding the reopening of our Geneva Campus.
  • Since 6 June, further businesses and institutions have been able to reopen and events for up to 300 people have been allowed to take place.
  • All businesses and institutions must present and put in place a set of precautionary measures. Everyone involved – that is to say all employees, customers, teachers, students, apprentices, athletes, and trainers – must be able to observe the rules on hygiene and social distancing.
  • Since 27 April, hospitals are able to resume all medical procedures, including non-urgent procedures, and outpatient medical practices, dentists, hairdressing salons, physiotherapy and massage practices, and cosmetic studios will be allowed to reopen. DIY stores, garden centers, and florists will also be allowed to reopen.
  • Read the FAQs on entry restrictions and exceptions, freedom of movement and visas.


Still prohibited:

  • Sports competitions involving close physical contact
  • Gatherings in public of groups of more than 30 people
  • Political and civil society demonstrations of more than 300 people
  • Events with more than 300 people businesses and institutions have been able to reopen and events for up to 300 people have been allowed to take place.

More information on what is, and is not allowed can be found here.All questions regarding Switzerland’s reduced measures against the coronavirus situation can be found in the Federal Health Department’s FAQs.

In Spain:

Spain has extended the state of emergency until 21 June, 2020, this could be extended further. During the state of emergency, the population is obliged to stay at home and may only go out into the street and public spaces as outlined below. More information here (use Chrome and Google translate page). As of 18 June Barcelona is now in Phase III and Madrid is currently in Phase II of the de-escalation of quarantine measures. On Sunday 21 June the state of alarm and the freedom of movement order will be lifted. Read more about the “New Normality” in this article.

Since 21 May, it has been compulsory to wear a mask under the following conditions:

  • People 6 years and older (with exceptions for health reasons)
  • Any type of mask, preferably hygienic and surgical, that covers the nose and mouth.
  • Use is mandatory on public streets, in outdoor spaces, and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public, provided that it is not possible to maintain a safe distance of at least two meters between people.

Since 2 May, adults have been allowed to leave their homes to exercise, from 06:00 to 10:00 and 20:00 to 23:00. See this infographic for precise times and guidelines (in Spanish). Since 27 April children are able to go outside, supervised, between 12:00 and 19:00, within range of their home. 

Current information about border closures can be found here (use Chrome and Google translate page).

More information on Spanish quarantine rules, exceptions for essential services and workers, caring for family members, new household utilities rules, autonomous workers, and transport exceptions here (use Chrome and Google translate page).

 

Further Information for our community:

WHO Live global updates – Rolling updates as events unfold
WHO travel advice – Global travel updates and advice
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FPOH)  
CDC COVID-19 website – Health advice for managing symptoms, caring for sick family members and self-isolation within your home
BOE website – Spanish federal government regulations page for updates to the State of Emergency

21 May 2020

In Switzerland:

The Federal Council is gradually easing measures against COVID-19 in Switzerland. An ‘extraordinary situation’ still exists under the Epidemics Act. The latest information from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FPOH) can be found here.

  • Classroom teaching of up to 5 students (upper secondary schools, higher education, and other educational institutions) is permitted from 11 May. See our announcement regarding the reopening of our Geneva Campus.
  • Schools for children of compulsory school age and shops reopened from 11 May.
  • All businesses and institutions must present and put in place a set of precautionary measures. Everyone involved – that is to say all employees, customers, teachers, students, apprentices, athletes, and trainers – must be able to observe the rules on hygiene and social distancing.
  • Since 27 April, hospitals are able to resume all medical procedures, including non-urgent procedures, and outpatient medical practices, dentists, hairdressing salons, physiotherapy and massage practices, and cosmetic studios will be allowed to reopen. DIY stores, garden centers, and florists will also be allowed to reopen.
  • Shops and markets reopened from 11 May. Visits to restaurants, bars, and pubs are allowed under the following conditions:
    • individual groups of guests consist of no more than 4 people or families with children
    • customers are seated to consume food and beverages
    • a set of precautionary measures is in place and can be adhered to.
  • Food stores and healthcare institutions remain open.
  • Higher education institutions in Switzerland will remain closed until 8 June at this stage.
  • Meetings of five or more people are prohibited until 8 June.
  • Only Swiss citizens and permanent residents are allowed to enter Switzerland.
  • All questions regarding Switzerland’s reduced measures against the coronavirus situation can be found in the Federal Health Department’s FAQs.

Switzerland is expected to enter Phase 3 on 8 June.  More information here.

In Spain:

Spain has extended the state of emergency until 7 June, 2020, this could be extended further. During the state of emergency, the population is obliged to stay at home and may only go out into the street and public spaces as outlined below. More information here (use Chrome and Google translate page).

From 21 May, it is compulsory to wear a mask under the following conditions:

  • People 6 years and older (with exceptions for health reasons)
  • Any type of mask, preferably hygienic and surgical, that covers the nose and mouth.
  • Use is mandatory on public streets, in outdoor spaces, and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public, provided that it is not possible to maintain a safe distance of at least two meters between people.

     

Since 2 May, adults have been allowed to leave their homes to exercise, from 06:00 to 10:00 and 20:00 to 23:00. See this infographic for precise times and guidelines (in Spanish). Since 27 April children are able to go outside, supervised, between 12:00 and 19:00, within range of their home. 

During the day, adults may only leave their house under the exceptions to the stay at home order (listed below)Failure to comply may result in a fine up to €600,000. 

There is a temporary restriction on non-essential travel for at least 30 days. The Spanish borders will be closed until at least 23 May, except to citizens, permanent residents, transport drivers, health workers, diplomats, or under exceptional circumstances. This restriction will not apply to EU and Schengen residents returning to their place of residence. Current information can be found here (use Chrome and Google translate page).


More information on Spanish quarantine rules, exceptions for essential services and workers, caring for family members, new household utilities rules, autonomous workers, and transport exceptions here (use Chrome and Google translate page).

Exceptions to the stay at home order:

  • Buying food, medicine, or other basic necessities.
  • Visits to the doctor or hospitals.
  • Work in essential services (see link above).
  • Returning to your place of residence.
  • Caring for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities, or especially vulnerable people.
  • Visits to financial and insurance entities.
  • Force majeure or a situation of need.
  • The diplomatic corps.

If you have any non-urgent medical appointments, cancel them online if possible.

 

Further Information for our community:

WHO Live global updates – Rolling updates as events unfold
WHO travel advice – Global travel updates and advice
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FPOH)  
CDC COVID-19 website – Health advice for managing symptoms, caring for sick family members and self-isolation within your home
BOE website – Spanish federal government regulations page for updates to the State of Emergency

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that 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 an 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, with an incubation period of 1-14 days.  Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 5 people who get 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 illnesses. People with a fever, a cough, and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

How does COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 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 COVID-19 be caught from a person who has no symptoms?

Many people with COVID-19 only experience mild symptoms, especially in the early stages of the disease. It is possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has just a mild cough and does not feel ill. The World Health organization is still assessing claims transmission of the virus from people with no symptoms. 

How can we protect others and ourselves if we don't know who is infected?

Practicing social distancing (1 meter between yourself and others) as well as hand and respiratory hygiene at ALL times is the most effective way to protect yourself and others. 

What should I do if I have come in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

If you have been exposed or in close contact (less than 1 meter) with someone infected with COVID-19, or have not been exposed to COVID-19, but are developing symptoms, you should stay at home, self-isolate, and monitor your symptoms. Transmission of the virus is most likely to occur when you have mild symptoms, which is why early self-isolation is important. However, if you live in an area affected by malaria or dengue fever, do not ignore the symptoms of fever; seek medical help. 

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). However, in certain countries such as Spain, the use of masks is obligatory in all public spaces and Switzerland also issued an 'urgent recommendation' for wearing masks on public transport or in retail space with more than ten people.

How long does the virus survive on surfaces?

Studies have shown that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel, less than 4 hours on copper, and less than 24 hours on cardboard. Please note that cleaning surfaces with common household disinfectants are an effective way to get rid of the virus. 

Is there anything I should not do?

The following measures ARE NOT effective against COVID-2019 and can be harmful:

  • Smoking
  • Taking traditional herbal remedies
  • 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 21,260,760 confirmed cases worldwide. The WHO global risk assessment is “high”. Many national authorities and companies have imposed restrictions on travel to and from affected countries. Check here for the latest news.

In any case, if you have a 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.

Basic Protective Measures Against COVID-19

Geneva Business School will continue to monitor news from the World Health Organization and local sources, and share updates as they become available.

Travel information updates can be found here.

Thank you very much for your continued trust in us, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our campuses:

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