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General hygiene measures

This page describes hygiene measures, how respiratory symptoms are defined, test criteria and what to do if you become unwell or suspect you may have contracted COVID-19.

  • Good cough etiquette and good hand hygiene reduce transmission of all respiratory infections, including the new coronavirus COVID-19. 
  • Avoid shaking hands and hugging.
  • Students and employees must avoid standing or sitting close to one another and must maintain a distance of at least one metre from one another.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after coughing and sneezing, after visits to the toilet, before preparing food, before and after meals, after contact with animals, and otherwise when hands look or feel dirty. 
  • Alcohol-based disinfectants and hand sanitisers destroy coronaviruses and can be used when there are no hand-washing facilities.
  • Avoid touching your face and eyes.

Everyone at Østfold University College must read and abide by the general hygiene measures implemented at the University College. See our webpages:

Follow the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI)’s guidelines on advice for workplaces:

Follow the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI)’s guidelines on advice for universities and university colleges:       

Everyone who comes to Østfold University College must take the e-learning course on infection prevention and control before they arrive on campus.

Failure to comply with the COVID-19 guidelines may result in expulsion.

Follow the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI)’s guidelines:

General information about respiratory symptoms and suspected cases of COVID-19

It is recommended that anyone who develops respiratory symptoms with an unknown cause be tested for COVID-19 and stay at home until they receive the test results and no longer have these symptoms. You must stay at home for at least 24 hours after the symptoms have disappeared.

You must NOT come to Østfold University College if you feel unwell.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can be quite mild and difficult to distinguish from other respiratory infections.

Follow the link for more information:

Test criteria

Suspected respiratory symptoms in other members of your household

If someone in your household has symptoms of a respiratory infection, but has not tested positive for COVID-19, you can come to Østfold University College as normal. However, you should go home if you develop symptoms.

Students and employees who are close contacts or in a household with a person with confirmed COVID-19 must be quarantined (see

Students and employees who have travelled abroad must comply with the government’s quarantine requirements.


If you become unwell or suspect you may have contracted COVID-19 while on campus

Students and employees who develop symptoms of COVID-19 while they are on campus must immediately stay a safe distance away from others, get tested for COVID-19, and then go home as quickly as possible. 

Students and employees must inform the University College about their symptoms (ref. chapter 5 of the Norwegian Act relating to control of communicable diseases) and which areas ought to be disinfected (handles, washbasins, kitchenettes, lift buttons, etc.) and contribute to contact tracing for infection tracking purposes.

Symptoms of a new respiratory infection or other symptoms may be due to COVID-19. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include a high temperature (fever), cough, breathlessness, loss of sense of taste and/or smell, sore throat, and a general feeling of being unwell. 


Published Sep. 9, 2020 9:51 AM - Last modified Sep. 9, 2020 11:43 AM