COVID 19- General Guidelines
To prevent virus transmission, everyone should keep a physical distance at all times, and not gather in large groups or in crowded places. COVID-19 is typically spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. Aerosol droplets from their mouth or nose are released into the air and can reach the mouths or noses of people nearby. Viruses can also spread indirectly through contaminated surfaces.
Frequent washing of hands with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds is an effective method of removing and killing the virus. The use of a hand sanitizer is an alternative when hand washing is not possible. The university has introduced expanded cleaning and sanitizing procedures on campus.
Face masks when difficult to practice physical distancing
Face masks are recommended where physical presence is necessary and physical distancing hard to achieve, for example in clinical or laboratory practical skills training.
Face masks should not be used as an alternative to other precautions, such as practicing physical distancing or staying at home if you have symptoms of illness.
"Vaccination Center at the Medical School of the University of Crete- 1st Vaccination Center in a Greek HEI”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Medical School of the University of Crete, corresponding to its duties and obligations to society, has made available all its forces.
Faculty staff are members of the various Experts Committees formed by the Ministry of Health.
The School of Medicine Laboratory of Clinical Virology, the only accredited Laboratory in Southern Greece, is carrying out all laboratory tests of the pandemic.
Professors of the School of Medicine, in collaboration with the University General Hospital of Heraklion (PAGNI) have undertaken the organization and operation of the Vaccination Center, located at the hospital.
Professors of the School are also responsible for the operation of the Covid-19 Clinics at the University General Hospital of Heraklion.
The Medical School has contributed significantly to the information of the society about Covid 19 and the necessity of vaccination, by organizing radio-television programmes etc.
The Rector of the University of Crete, Professor George. M. Kontakis, the Dean of the School of Medicine Professor George Kochiadakis, the University of Crete Covid 19 Committee, as well as local authorities of the Prefecture of Crete are to thank for this most significant initiative.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Is it safe to come to Crete?
The Greek Government has presented a range of different measures to limit the spread of Covid-19. The overall strategy is to minimize mortality in the entire population and minimize other negative consequences for individual persons and society.
What applies to teaching during the fall semester of 2021?
Before traveling to Greece, please follow the instructions found at: https://eody.gov.gr/en/category/travel-notices/
which are subject to change
Self-isolation of seven (7) days is required before entering the UoC premises. If you have already been vaccinated against Covid 19 or have been ill with Covid during the last six (6) months, no self-isolation is required. Proof will be asked upon arrival to the University.
A seven (7) day isolation is mandatory for all medical students, upon their arrival to Crete and before entering the University Hospital (PAGNI) as well as a 72-hour negative PCR test. Further details will be sent in due time.
The university is planning for a return to on-campus teaching this autumn, given such a decision is in line with recommendations from the responsible authorities
Are support functions such as libraries and student support services available?
From 15-4-2021, the lending service of the Library is available for the UoC members. The lending service will operate from 09:00 - 15:00 with previous electronic communication through: https://www.lib.uoc.gr/info/absrv/circulation/Covid_circulation/
The Library's libraries, reading halls and public areas will remain closed to the public.
UoC Cafes and Restaurants are open from 08.00 – 19.00 with take away service.
The UoC gymnasiums remain closed until further notice.
I have been nominated for exchange studies; will I be able to go?
Whom should I contact if I have symptoms? What should I do if I feel sick?
Know the full range of symptoms of COVID-19. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Other symptoms that are less common and may affect some patients include loss of taste or smell, aches and pains, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, red eyes, diarrhoea, or a skin rash.
• Stay home and self-isolate even if you have minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover.
If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately. Call by telephone first (Covid 10 helpline for advice 210 5212000) or go to the nearest hospital on call.
I’m feeling anxious. Who can I talk to?
Use the Covid 10 helpline for advice (210 5212000)
Contact either the International Office of the UoC or the Counselling Centre of the UoC:
University Campus of Rethymno (Gallos), tel. 0030 28310 77979, email: email@example.com
University Campus of Heraklion (Voutes), tel. 0030 2810 394885/6, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.