COVID-19

Questions related to the return to

activities at CIAS/UC

Following the guidelines of the Portuguese Government and the most recent updates and recommendations issued by the Directorate-General for Health and the World Health Organisation, the Department of Life Sciences and the University of Coimbra have prepared a set of extraordinary measures to gradually resume the research activity to its entirety.

CIAS intends to maintain its activities as much as possible, while working to:

  • Protect the health and safety of our staff and students;
  • Maintain our infrastructure and main activities;
  • Restore to normal research and classes.

The objective is to ensure adequate safety conditions for all, in accordance with the scientific evidence and the health authorities recommendations. The Department of Life Sciences (DCV) Recommendation Guide is available online. The guidelines will be revised as needed so the DCV webpage should be regularly consulted.

The University of Coimbra has dedicated countless efforts against COVID-19; more information is available in the University’s official page, HERE.
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Major rules for circulation and use of specific areas

  • The use of a surgical mask inside the building is mandatory at all times;
  • Careful washing and hand hygiene is encouraged various times a day;
  • Circulation in the building is reduced to the minimum necessary;
  • Elevators are limited to 1 user at a time (with mask on) and preferential use should be given to people with reduced mobility;
  • Always respect the signaletic in the building.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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 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.
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. WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. In more severe cases it can lead to severe pneumonia with acute respiratory failure, kidney and other organ failure and eventual death.
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. The incubation period is still under investigation.
Is there a treatment?
Treatment for infection with this new coronavirus is directed at the signs and symptoms presented.
Are antibiotics effective in preventing or treating the COVID-19?
No. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19. They should only be used as directed by a physician to treat a bacterial infection.
How can i protect myself?
In affected areas, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends hygiene measures and respiratory etiquette to reduce exposure and transmission of the disease: Adopt respiratory etiquette measures: cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing (with a tissue or elbow, never with your hands; always throw the tissue in the trash); Wash your hands frequently. You should wash them whenever you blow, sneeze, cough or after direct contact with sick people; Avoid close contact with people with respiratory infection.