Managing COVID-19-related risks and anxiety

The university has decided on a number of precautions and measures for employees with increased risk of falling seriously ill if they are infected with COVID-19: Regulation for staff in at-risk groups and the use of protective equipment due to COVID-19

At-risk groups

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. This is called at-risk groups.

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 services, 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 can present a medical certificate proving the reduction in your ability to work, your manager is required to make an individual risk assessment to identify work environment issues and needs for adjustment.

Potential actions include changing your work tasks and duties in order to maintain proper social distancing in work situations or enable the work to be carried out fully or partially at home.


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