Managing COVID-19-related risks and anxiety as campus-based education is resumed

Umeå University is returning to campus-based education this autumn. Several disease preventing measures have been taken, based on the recommendations and prohibitions by the Government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

On 25 June, the Vice-Chancellor decided on a number of precautions and measures for employees with increased risk of falling seriously ill if they are infected with COVID-19: Decision regarding employees at increased risk and the use of personal protective equipment due to COVID-19 (regulation in Swedish only).

Groups at higher risk from coronavirus

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare is responsible for defining health conditions that increase the risk for serious illness in the event of a COVID-19 infection.

Read more about at-risk groups at the Public Health Agency's website: FAQ about COVID-19.

If you have a health condition that means you are at higher risk

If you have been diagnosed with a health condition that increases the risk of serious COVID-19 infection, you should first seek advice from your treating physician about how to avoid being infected with the virus.

If you do not have a treating physician, Umeå University's occupational health care partner, Feelgood, can help with advice, evaluations and medical certificates.

Please observe that these service can only be decided by your head of department or manager, so first you need to address them with your health concerns.

If you have a medical certificate to prove that you have a health condition that increases the risk, your manager is required to make an individual risk assessment to identify work environment issues and needs for adjustment.

Potential actions include changing your tasks and duties in order to maintain proper social distancing in work situations.

Anxiety and fear because of COVID-19

University employees who worry about getting infected with the virus in work situations should contact their manager to discuss how to maintain a safe working environment as well as strategies for coping with anxiety and stress.

If you are in need of professional counselling for your mental and emotional health, you can contact Feelgood to book an appointment.

Jonas Lidström
8/19/2020