FAQ

FAQ

 

last update: June 23, 2020

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Health Condition

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General

 What are the current prevention and security measures on Max Planck campus in Stuttgart?

  • We ask all employees to continue working from home whenever possible. Only operationally necessary activities should take place on campus, e.g., conducting an experiment that cannot be postponed.
  • All people who come on campus must stay at least 1.5 meters away from all other people at all times and should wash their hands frequently using proper techniques
  • All employees must obey the following rules for office occupancy and lab occupancy:
    • Two people are allowed to work together in an office if it is larger than 11 square meters.
    • Only one person may work in any office smaller than 11 square meters.
    • In shared offices, stay at least 1.5 meters away from each other at all times – without exception – and ensure the room is well ventilated.
    • It is not mandatory to wear an everyday mask when working at your desk.
    • Please wear an everyday mask when you leave your office and go to communal areas such as the hallways, chill-out areas, the cafeteria waiting line, or the bathrooms.
    • We encourage officemates not to sit face-to-face. In cases where this seating arrangement cannot be avoided, it may be possible for a plastic screen to be installed. Please consult your institute’s safety officer ( for MPI-FKF or for MPI-IS) to inquire about this option.
    • Please consult your supervisor and/or your institute’s safety officer if you are asked to share an office and have any serious reasons for not doing so at this time.
    • The crisis unit encourages everyone to continue following the one-person-per-office rule when possible, even in offices that are larger than 11 square meters. Always be on the safe side to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission between our employees.
    • We recognize that two (or more) people may need to work simultaneously in one laboratory for safety and/or operational reasons. As with large offices, individuals must stay at least 1.5 meters away from each other and wear an everyday mask at all times. Please consult your institute’s safety officer ( for MPI-FKF or for MPI-IS) if you would like to determine whether and how more than one person can work together closely but safely in any laboratory, as our laboratories vary greatly.
  • Everyone is encouraged to wear simple face masks (known as "everyday masks") on campus to limit the spread of the virus. Two reusable fabric masks have been made available to each employee for this purpose. Employees should also be aware that the Baden-Württemberg government recently announced a new mask requirement. Starting from April 27, everyone is now required to wear simple mouth and nose protection when shopping and when on public transportation.
  • Anyone who has had contact with a possible coronavirus case must stay at home for 14 days from the contact and inform their supervisor and their institute’s contact person ( for MPI-FKF or for MPI-IS).
  • Anyone with symptoms similar to those of coronavirus must stay home, inform their supervisor and their institute’s contact person ( for MPI-FKF or for MPI-IS), and call their doctor or an emergency room. Only healthy individuals may come on campus at this time.
  • We recommend to use private transportation.
  • If you use public transportation: avoid rush hours and crowded compartments.

 

 Which countries are currently risk areas?

You can find updated information here:
Risk areas (Robert Koch Institute, only in German)

 

 I am returning from a foreign country, what do I have to do?

Anyone entering Germany from a  risk area (Robert Koch Institute, in German, see bottom of page for archived PDF in English) must stay at home for 14 days and must inform their supervisor and their institute’s contact person ( for MPI-FKF or for MPI-IS).

 

 

Institute

 Is the Max Planck campus in Stuttgart in emergency operation mode?

No. Our employees continue to work mainly from home, with only a small number of employees coming onto campus for essential tasks.

 

 Am I allowed to go on a business trip?

The Max Planck Society currently requires individuals who want to take a business trip outside of Germany to ask the central MPG crisis unit for COVID-19-related travel recommendations in advance of the trip. The traveler (or his or her delegate) is responsible for requesting this advice by emailing krisenstab@gv.mpg.de. Responses usually come within one business day, and the advice received should be shared with the travel approver, if there is one. Business trips within Germany currently do not require special measures beyond the standard travel authorization form.

 

 I am planning an essential experiment for my project. Am I allowed to enter my lab?

We encourage everyone to perform their work at home (“home office”) to the greatest extent possible. Within the lab all safety rules must be followed. Contact your supervisor!

 

 Do I have to wear a face mask on campus?

We encourage all employees to wear simple mouth and nose protection on campus to limit the spread of the virus. We encourage you to wear a simple mask any time you might encounter another person on campus, including in the hallways, bathrooms, kitchens, and shared laboratories. You do not need to wear a mask when working in an office alone with the door closed or when riding in your personal car.

 

 

Health Condition

 Are there any known infections on Max Planck campus in Stuttgart?

We have two confirmed cases (person A and B) of infection with the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19) at FKF. Both individuals belong to the same department. Person A felt their first symptoms in the evening on Thursday, March 12, and left campus in the morning of Friday, March 13, with symptoms Person B started having symptoms on Saturday, March 14. They were last on campus on Thursday, March 12. Person B was tested on March 17, received the positive test result on March 23, and informed their manager immediately.

 

 What is by definition a COVID-19 "Contact"?

If you stayed longer than 15 minutes in a distance less than 1.5 m of a positive tested person.

More information: Kontaktpersonen­nachverfolgung bei respiratorischen Erkrankungen durch das Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (Robert Koch Institute, only in German).

 

 What is a "possible" COVID-19 contact?

If you stayed longer than 15 minutes in a distance less than 1.5 m of a person that showed symptoms of a COVID-19 infections and is waiting of the respective verifications results.

More information: Kontaktpersonen­nachverfolgung bei respiratorischen Erkrankungen durch das Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (Robert Koch Institute, only in German).

 

 I had contact or possible contact to a COVID-19 infected person. What do I have to do?

All individuals who have had contact with any confirmed or suspected coronavirus patient must work from home for 14 days from the time of that contact and inform their supervisor and their institute’s contact person ( for MPI-FKF or for MPI-IS).

 

 Do I have to quarantine myself, if I had contact to a person that had contact to a possible or confirmed COVID-19 patient?

No. The contact of a contact does not have to quarantine him or herself. Only if the direct contact is testes positive on COVID-19.

 

 A person in my household had a possible COVID-19 contact. Do I have to quarantine myself?

Yes. Stay at home until the respective person has been tested and inform their supervisor and their institute’s contact person ( for MPI-FKF or for MPI-IS). Only in the case of a negative test result you should return to campus.

 

 Who is considered to be a possible high-risk patient?

People over 59 years old or who have relevant pre-existing health conditions.

More information: Informationen und Hilfestellungen für Personen mit einem höheren Risiko für einen schweren COVID-19-Krankheitsverlauf (Robert Koch Institute, only in German).

 

 I do have slight symptoms (cough, cold, headache). Am I still allowed to enter campus?

Only healthy individuals may come on campus at this time.

Anyone who has symptoms similar to those of coronavirus (fever, followed by cough, shortness of breath, muscle and joint pain, sore throat, head ache, nausea, stuffy nose and diarrhea.) must stay home, inform their supervisor and their institute’s contact person ( for MPI-FKF or for MPI-IS), and call their doctor or an emergency room.

 

 What are typical symptoms of a COVID-19 infection?

According to the Robert Koch Institute (only in German):
Fever, followed by coughing, shortness of breath, joint pain, sore throat, headache, nausea, stuffy nose, diarrhea and odour/taste disorders.

 

 I think I am infected by COVID-19. What should I do?

  • Quarantine yourself and inform your supervisor and your institute’s contact person.
  • Contact your local doctor by phone.
  • For medical complaints, you can also call the nationwide number of the the medical on-call service Germany at 116117 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • In the case of an emergency (e.g. shortness of breath) dial the emergency call 112.
  • Inform your supervisor and your institute’s contact person ( for MPI-FKF or for MPI-IS).

 

 

Projects

 The funding of my project is limited in time. Is an extension due to the COVID-19 situation possible?

Some projects may not be able to be completed in the planned funding period due to the fact that the coronavirus pandemic is slowing down most research progress. The Max Planck Society’s President and Secretary General recently announced that this is to be taken into account through appropriate extension options for doctoral and postdoctoral students. Thus, Ph.D. students and postdocs should not feel contract-based pressure to make research progress at this time.

 

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