Coronavirus Update 5: Country Lockdown

coronavirus

The Decree of 9 March 2020 (DPCM 9 Marzo 2020) introduces further measures regarding the containment and management of the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19.

These measures demand all of us to radically change our lifestyle and ways of working embracing the imposed rules with common sense.

The latest Decree extends the suspension of in class teaching and curricular activities until April 3, 2020 to the entire Italian territory.


Medical and health courses excluded

The decree excludes from the suspension the courses for doctors in specialist training, and the activities of trainees of the health professions who, as regards those carried out at the Policlinico Tor Vergata, have suffered limitations imposed by the Health Department.

Students of all health professions, with the exception of the third year of the degree course in Nursing, can continue their activities at all medical and surgical facilities with the exception of the emergency room.


Research

Please note that all research activities are not suspended and that administrative offices are open with some limitations of reception to the public, while still guaranteeing remote assistance.


Administrative Staff

Since the DPCM does not mention the suspension of work activities therefore there are no restrictions in reaching offices and work places.

Tor Vergata University has authorized the application of smart-work for members of the administrative, technical and libraries staff if compatible with the needs of the service.


Online Lessons

Teaching activities (lessons, doctoral exams and degree exams) will be carried out, up until April 3, 2020, in online mode, so that the educational path of all students is not further affected.


Exams

Exams already scheduled are suspended until April 3, 2020.


Office Hours / Appointments

In office appointments and office hours for all students are suspended and will be carried out exclusively online.


Public Tender / Open Competitions / Concorsi

All open competitions procedures are suspended with the exception of those in which the assessment of candidates is carried out exclusively on curricular basis or online.

Public competitions for health personnel are excluded from suspension, including state examinations and qualification to practice as a surgeon.


A painful choice

We are aware that closing libraries and study rooms, as well as postponing conferences, congresses, meetings and events of any nature, represents a painful choice.

What we are doing today is the consequence of an emergency which we must face with discipline, sense of duty and common sense, in order to be able to return to our respective training and work paths as soon as possible.


Be responsible

A thought of deep respect and gratitude to our doctors, nurses, trainees and trainees in the medical area who, like their colleagues throughout Italy, are committed daily to save the lives of our loved ones.

Finally, I appeal to all of you to respect, in this special moment of our lives, all the measures imposed by the Government and the indications that the University will issue to make them clearer and feasible, thus guaranteeing the best performance of our activities.


The Rector – Orazio Schillaci

Translated from the Italian Website (014)

Coronavirus Update 4: Libraries closing

Coronavirus Update 4: Libraries closing

In compliance with the provisions of art. 2, paragraph 1, letter d) of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 8 March 2020 concerning the further measures to combat and contain the spread of the virus from COVID-19 throughout the national territory, starting from 9 March 2020 the consultation and reading service in all libraries and study rooms of Tor Vergata University of Rome is suspended until further notice.

The loan service remains active and must be previously requested exclusively by e-mail to the individual university libraries.


THE RECTOR
Prof. Orazio Schillaci

Translated from the Italian Website (011)

Coronavirus Update 3: Online Classes Setup

Coronavirus Update 3: Online Classes Setup

As a necessary measure of containment and management of the Covid-19’s epidemiological emergency Tor Vergata University of Rome is developing all the useful operational tools in order to allow lessons to be held remotely starting next week.

The software chosen by Tor Vergata University to allow student to follow lessons online is Microsoft Teams.

The enrollment procedures necessary to take part in the online lessons will be communicated soon via email / social media / website.


Activate Office 365

In the meantime it is already possible to carry out some operations which may save you some time later on:

Activate your Office 365 account (necessary only if you have not already done so).

If you have lost your password, you can reset it by accessing Delphi (http://delphi.uniroma2.it), selecting “activation of other services -> Microsoft Office365 activation -> First Activation / Reset Password”


Install Teams

Download and install the teams app on your devices (desktop, ios and android app or via the web) from the site:
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

If your device is not in the supported list it is possible to access teams via web app: in this case we recommend installing the Google Chrome browser.


Microsoft Teams Tutorials:
Get started with Microsoft Teams


Download Teams apps:
https://docs.microsoft.com/it-it/microsoftteams/enduser-training


Support Contact
office365@support.uniroma2.it

Translated from the Italian Website (008)

Coronavirus Update 2: Exam and Graduation Procedures, Events and Internships

Coronavirus Update 2: Exam and Graduation Procedures, Events and Internships

Following the previous communication of 4 March 2020 related to Coronavirus, further indications are provided regarding procedures for exam sessions, graduation sessions, internships, meetings and events.


Exam Sessions Procedure

The exam sessions must take place ensuring compliance with the requirements listed in the DPCM of 4 March 2020 and assured by the President of the Examination Commission.

In particular:

– for written tests, the interpersonal safety distance of at least one meter must be respected. If necessary, logistical decisions will be taken such as, for example, the use of multiple classrooms;

– the oral tests must be scheduled according to pre-assigned time slots with a maximum of three candidates attending at the same time;

– also during oral tests, the Presidents of the Examination Commissions are required to adopt and enforce the necessary measures to ensure the respect of the interpersonal safety distance of at least one meter;

– particular attention will be payed to the needs of students with disabilities.


Graduation Sessions Procedure

The graduation sessions must take place ensuring compliance with the requirements listed in the DPCM of 4 March 2020 and assured by the President of the Examination Commission.

– graduation session (presentation and discussion) will be scheduled in pre-assigned time slots so that two candidates can simultaneously access the session together with their supervisors, and no more than two guests/family members for each candidate;

– graduation proclamation will take place as soon as each candidate is evaluated;

– in carrying out the final examination, the Presidents of the Commissions are recommended to adopt and enforce the appropriate measures aimed at reducing close contacts ensuring the respect of the interpersonal safety distance of at least one meter;

– particular attention is paid to the specific needs of students with disabilities.

– particular attention will be payed to the needs of students with disabilities.


Part-time students

Collaboration scholarship activities (150 hours) will be suspended at the student’s request and subsequently recovered.


Meetings / Conferences / Conventions

Until April 3 p.v. congresses and conventions of any nature organized in the University are suspended.

Furthermore, for health personnel, meetings and business meetings are also suspended until April 3, 2020. For non-healthcare personnel, it is recommended that they be carried out electronically and where not possible, however, compliance with the interpersonal safety distance of at least one meter is recommended.

Translated from the Italian Website (007)

Coronavirus Update 1: Lessons suspended until March 15th

Coronavirus Update 1: Lessons suspended until March 15th

Following the outbreak of Covid-19 in Italy the Minister has decided today (March 4th 2020) to take action by partially closing schools and universities from March 5th to March 15th 2020.

Below is a list indicating, in greater detail, the procedures concerning the activities taking place in all Italian Universities.

PLEASE NOTE


Since new announcements and updates are released regularly by the Italian Government please refer to our main coronavirus page here: Coronavirus Updates

Lessons

In class lectures of bachelor degrees, master degrees, the single-cycle degree, master’s and master’s degree courses and teaching of post-graduate training are suspended until March 15, 2020, with the exception of post-graduate courses connected with the exercise of the health professions, including those for doctors in specialized training, the activities of the trainees of the health professions.

Classes will resume from March 16th 2020. The University will take every measure aimed at ensuring, where permitted, didactic continuity by preparing online methods which will subsequently be made known.


Exercises

Practical exercises, internships and traineeships are suspended until March 15, 2020, with the exception of post-graduate health traineeships.


Exams

Exam sessions and final doctoral exams already scheduled may take place on condition that the measures relating to the interpersonal safety distance of at least one meter are respected.


Degrees

With a subsequent note will be communicated how the final tests can be carried out in compliance with the sanitary hygiene measures laid down by the Ministry of Health.


Study rooms and Libraries

Libraries and study rooms will remain regularly open in compliance with the health and hygiene measures provided by the Ministry of Health.


Student secretariats

Students are invited to use remote services as a priority and to go to the secretaries only in case of absolute necessity and urgency.


Smart work

The guidelines regarding the modalities for carrying out agile work as per current legislation are being finalized.


Research and administrative activities

Research activities, both at University level and at departmental and structure level, will function regularly. The technical and administrative services will also be regular and open to the public. However, students are recommended to go to the secretariat only if strictly necessary for non-postponable activities.


Shows and events

Until April 3, 2020 all organized events are suspended as well as events including those of a cultural, scientific, educational nature of any nature (conferences, congresses etc.), including recreational / sports events.


Calls / Public Contests

The competition procedures will take place by adopting the appropriate organizational measures aimed at reducing close contacts between the candidates and such as to guarantee the participants the possibility of respecting the distance of at least one meter between them.

Translated from the Italian Website (005)

Coronavirus: how to deal with it

corona-virus

Given the recent notification of the Ministry of Health (Indications for operators of services / businesses in contact with the public), some information is provided below for those who perform their work in contact with the public.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases such as Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

The most common symptoms consist of fever, dry cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties. Currently available information suggests that the virus may cause both a mild, flu-like form and a more serious form of the disease.


Corona Virus F.A.Q.

Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Corona Virus.

What are the symptoms of a person infected with a Coronavirus?


It depends on the virus, but the most common symptoms include fever, cough, breathing difficulties. In severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

How dangerous is the new virus?


Like other respiratory diseases, new coronavirus infection can cause mild symptoms such as cold, sore throat, cough and fever, or more severe symptoms such as pneumonia and breathing difficulties. It can rarely be fatal.

The people most susceptible to severe forms are the elderly and those with pre-existing diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

How new Coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person?

The new Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that mainly spreads through close contact with a sick person.

The primary way is the breath droplets of infected people, for example through: saliva, coughing and sneezing, direct personal contact, hands, i.e. by touching with contaminated hands (not yet washed) mouth, nose or eyes.

In rare cases, infection can occur through faecal contamination.

Normally respiratory diseases are not transmitted with food, which in any case must be handled respecting good hygiene practices and avoiding contact between raw and cooked food.

Studies are underway to better understand how the virus is transmitted.

How long does the incubation period?


The incubation period represents the period of time between contagion and the development of clinical symptoms. It is currently estimated that it varies between 2 and 11 days, up to a maximum of 14 days.

How long does the new Coronavirus survive on surfaces?


Preliminary information suggests that the virus may survive several hours, even if it is still under study.

The use of simple disinfectants is able to kill the virus by canceling its ability to infect people, for example disinfectants containing 75% alcohol (ethanol) or 1% chlorine-based (bleach).

Is it safe to receive parcels from China or other countries where the virus has been identified?


Yes, it is safe. WHO has said that people who receive parcels are not at risk of contracting the new Coronavirus because it is unable to survive on surfaces for long.

What can I do to protect myself?


Stay informed on the spread of the epidemic, available on the WHO website and take the following personal protection measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based solutions to get the virus out of your hands
  • keep a certain distance – at least one meter – from other people, especially when they cough or sneeze or if they have a fever, because the virus is contained in saliva droplets and can be breathed at close range.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
  • If you have a fever, cough or breathing difficulties and have recently traveled to China or if you have been in close contact with a person who has returned from China and is suffering from respiratory disease, report it to the free number 1500, set up by the Ministry of Health.

Remember that there are several causes of respiratory diseases, and the new coronavirus may be one of them.

If you have mild symptoms and have not recently been to China, stay at home until symptoms are resolved by applying hygiene measures, which include hand hygiene (wash your hands often with soap and water or alcoholic solutions) and respiratory tract (sneezing or coughing in a tissue or with the elbow flexed, use a mask and throw the used tissues in a closed basket immediately after use and wash your hands).

Reports and Probability

Attached are the ten rules indicated by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità. The update of the epidemiological situation is available on the website of the Ministry of Health.

Further operational information can be obtained through the Regional Health Authorities or the free number of the Ministry of Health, +39 1500


Info and Links

Particularly interesting the “Operational guidelines for workers in contact with the public” contained within the circular.

It is recommended to rely on information found only on reliable sources such as:

WHO (www.who.int)
ECDC (www.ecdc.eu)
Ministry of Health (www.salute.gov.it)
ISS (www.iss.it) sites.

The measures must consider the risk situation which, as can be seen from the above information, is currently characterized in Italy by the absence of virus circulation.

Furthermore, as can be seen from the notification dated 1/31/2020 relating to the identification of cases and contacts at risk, the latter are only those who have had close and protracted contacts with the sick.

Therefore, with exception of health workers, it is considered sufficient to adopt common preventive measures about spread of diseases transmitted by the respiratory tract, and in particular:

• wash your hands frequently;
• pay attention to surface hygiene;
• avoid close and protracted contracts with people with flu-like symptoms.
• take any further preventive measures dictated by the employer.

If, during the working activity, you come into contact with a subject who responds to the definition of suspect case referred to in annex 1 of the Ministry of Health notification 27/1/2020 (which updates the previous one of 22/1/2020) 2, we will proceed – directly or in compliance with indications provided by the company – to contact the health services indicating that this is a suspect case for nCoV.

Pending the arrival of the health care workers:

• avoid close contact with the sick person;
• if available, provide it with a surgical mask;
• wash your hands thoroughly. Pay particular attention to the body surfaces that have possibly come into contact with the patient’s fluids (respiratory secretions, urine, feces);
• the patient himself must throw the used paper directly into a waterproof bag, which will be disposed of in another one with the infected materials produced during the emergency activities of the rescue personnel.

The measures above-described apply to all student students of any nationality who attend the University courses and specifically to the students who in the 14 days before their arrival in Italy have been in the areas affected by the epidemic, daily updated by the World Health Organization.

It is strongly suggested to get information only on the websites WHO (www.who.int), ECDC (www.ecdc.eu), Ministero Salute (www.salute.gov.it), ISS (www.iss.it).

Prof. Andrea Magrini
Medico Competente Coordinatore
Università di Roma Tor Vergata Dott. Marco Sciarra
Responsabile Servizio Prevenzione e Protezione
Università di Roma Tor Vergata


Annex 1 definition of a suspected case:

Definition of suspected case of COVID-19 for the reporting:
The definition of case is based on the information currently available and it might change relative to the evolution of the epidemiological situation and the scientific knowledges

Suspicious case
A person with severe acute respiratory infection (with a sudden onset of fever and cough) who has requested or not hospitalization, and in the 14 days preceding the onset of symptoms, has met at least one of the following conditions:

• Travel or residency in China
or
• Contact with either a possible or a confirmed case of infection of SARS-CoV-2
or
• the patient is a healthcare professional who has worked in an environment where patients with acute respiratory infections of unknown aetiology are being treated.

It is here underlined that the positivity to a common respiratory disease does not exclude the possible coinfection with the new Coronavirus and therefore the samples will be tested anyway.


Prevention departments and local Health Services will evaluate:

– Eventual direct and documented exposures in other countries with local transmission of SARS-CoV-2
– people who manifest an unusual or unexpected clinical course, especially a sudden deterioration, despite an appropriate treatment, regardless of the residency place or travel history of the patient, even if another etiology has been identified and it fully explains the clinical situation.