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Piret Aus

Piret Aus
Senior specialist, +372 731 3442, (Kr 62-A112)

Guidelines for students during the spread of Covid-19

Overview of the situation

At the moment (September 1 2020), the studies start as usual and according to the schedule. Teachers are recommended to focus more on distance or blended learning (combined classroom and distance learning). All teachers will inform you of which form the studies are going to take place. According to the current plan, seminars and practical training will be held in the classroom.  If the level of infection rises, the share of distance learning (e-learning) will increase. 

The least you can do right now to control the spread of Covid-19 is to install and use the app. This application notifies you if you have been in close contact with an infected person.

Responsibilities of a student

  1. Stay healthy! Do not participate in classroom studies when you any viral symptoms.
  2. You must register at the beginning of each lecture or practical training session. The lecturer will send around the registration form. The information on the registration forms is used, if necessary, to find out close contacts for that day.
  3. Minimize close contact with other students and faculty members. Keep your distance, wash and disinfect your hands thoroughly and wear a mask if necessary. If there are a lot of people in the public areas, do not enter. Get yourself a reusable mask. Avoid unnecessary gatherings both inside and outside the school.
  4. If you feel insecure, wear a mask.
  5. If possible, spend the breaks outside the building.
  6. Use the hoia mobile app ( to learn if you have been in close contact with a virus carrier or anonymously notify others if you have become ill yourself.

What will happen if a student suspects infection with coronavirus?

  1. If you feel sick, don't come to school, just stay home. Inform your teachers about your health problems and find out if you can participate in distance learning or e-learning or do some tasks from home. Enquire how practical training sessions are organized and when you can do the training.
  2. If you have symptoms (mainly cough and fever) and you suspect that you are infected with the coronavirus, call your family doctor and follow his or her instructions.
  3. If you do not have a family doctor, call the family doctor's advice line at 1220.
  4. You can also take the coronavirus questionnaire available at There, you will receive further suggestions on how to behave in your situation or what to do next by answering the simple questions.
  5. If the suspicion of corona infection has been confirmed (i.e. you turn out to be a virus carrier or a close contact of a virus carrier), inform both the biosafety specialist at the Institute and the study specialist of your coronary heart disease. The biosafety specialist at the Institute is Kristi Praakle (, the study advisor is Piret Aus ( Rapid exchange of information helps us prevent the spread of the virus and reduce confusion resulting from the lack of information. 
  6. In case of a student's illness, the Health Board retroactively reviews the students’ timetable and on the basis of the registration forms, the close contacts of the virus carriers are determined. When studies need to be reorganised, the study advisor informs the students and lecturers of this group/course about the immediate transition to distance learning and makes sure the lecturer updates the information in ÕIS accordingly.
  7. If you or your roommate needs prompt medical help or is in a potentially life-threatening situation, call the ambulance on 112.

What happens if your course-mate or classmate has a coronavirus disease?

  1. If there is a sick student in the auditorium, close contacts of the sick person shall be ascertained.

Close contact of a virus carrier is defined as:

  • being in direct physical contact with a COVID-19 virus carrier (e.g. handshake, hugging);
  • being in direct contact with COVID-19 diseased respiratory secretions (e.g. by coughing, sneezing, etc.) without the use of protective equipment;
  • being in the same room with a virus carrier for more than 15 minutes and closer than two metres.
  1. The study advisor shall immediately inform the students of this course and the lecturer about the transition to distance learning.
  2. Close contacts are obliged to remain in self-isolation for two weeks and follow the instructions of the Health board. It is possible to take a test in some private clinics at your own expense. The price for one test in SYNLAB is 78€ and 75€ in Medicum. You can pay on spot by card or cash or SYNLAB online.
  3. The study advisor will inform both students and lecturers about the changes — the continuation of distance learning or return to regular studies — on Friday. In this case, regular training will start on the Monday following the notification.
  4. All close contacts must stay in self-isolation for 14 days, even if they do not show any symptoms. The Health Board is responsible for identifying and notifying close contacts. 

What will happen if you test positive for COVID-19?

  1. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by phone and advised further by the Estonian Health Board specialist. You can consult with family doctor's advice line about your treatment by phone number: 1220 
  2. You must notify the university of the results of your tests
  3. If you test positive for COVID 19, you must stay in quarantine, i.e. you cannot leave your accommodation at all.

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