Skoltech's response to Coronavirus
Dear Skoltech community,

With the large number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Russia and abroad, we would like to inform you about the current state and Skoltech regulations regarding the infection. Let's take the situation with understanding and join our efforts to protect ourselves.
Please familiarize yourself with Order No. 185 "On the establishment of a special work operations mode regards to the implementation of measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus infection."
All safety measures are enacted
at least until May 31, 2021
We will keep you updated if anything changes, so please check your email and/or this webpage regularly.
Educational programs of the Institute will be implemented in a distance learning format.
Conducting classes on the premises of Skoltech when laboratory work is required can be set on an exceptional basis.
Term Dates:
Term 3 is scheduled from February 1 to March 26, 2021.
Term 4 is scheduled from March 29 to May 28, 2021.
The period for the special operations mode is extended until May 31, 2021.

All Skoltech employees have to be in line with recommended measures to preventive COVID-19 for this period. An attendance schedule should be created in each unit (for internal use only) to control the preservation of distance, mask-wearing regime, and participation of 10% of employees in regular COVID testing.
Access to the Skoltech premises is still limited.
Heads of structural divisions have to monitor the number of employees present on the territory of the Institute to be compliant with the State requirements for preventing the spread of coronavirus infection.
The educational processes at Skoltech are held remotely
Social distancing format and schedule
are enacted in the form of SPAFESPACE plan, which ensures those staff and researchers who are eligible to work on campus are not working in close proximity with each other.
All international trips for Skoltech are suspended until May 31, 2021.
This includes business trips, academic mobility, conferences and other events. Business trips within Russia are resumed.
If you are currently abroad or plan to travel on personal business,
please email your full name, country and date of your estimated return to covid@skoltech.ru.

  • Foreign employees and students returning from abroad should provide test results (PCR, IgG) confirming the absence of COVID-19. The test should be taken either no earlier than 3 days prior to the arrival or within 3 days after the arrival.
  • Foreigners employees and students returning from abroad should be in self-isolation for 14 calendar days after the day of entry to the territory of the Russian Federation.
  • Russian citizens returning from abroad should conduct COVID-19 test results (PCR) within 3 days from the arrival.
  • Test results for both categories of travelers should be sent to the covid@skoltech.ru hotline.
If you are living with those who are in quarantine,
you must also be self-isolated at home for 14 calendar days or for the period specified by the sanitary doctors. Please immediately inform your supervisor and covid@skoltech.ru about your status.
If you feel any of these symptoms or a little sick at any time, please stay at home and consider calling a doctor.
The hotline for Skoltech's insurance-supported doctors is:
(for English press 2).
to protect yourself, follow these basic, but crucial measures:
Please try to stay home unless it's absolutely necessary to leave.
To ensure the safety of the community around you and your loved ones.
Don't disregard the virus or these recommendations.
While it may not feel like a direct threat right now, the spreading rate and mortality rate are much worse than those of the flu. Better be safe than sorry, so take these tips seriously and help prevent the spread of bacteria.
Wash your hands regularly:
before and after eating, after returning from public places and the general 'outside'. Here is the right way to do it: apply soap to wet hands and rub them against each other (including the back of your hands, between your fingers and under the nails) for at least 30 seconds. A great timer is "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end, twice. Then rinse your hands and dry them using a clean towel/paper towel or air drying.
Treat every surface as if it's infected,
even at home. This includes door handles, your work desk, laptops and computers, phones, staircase handles, anything on public transport, elevator buttons and so on. If you can, disinfect it before each use. If it's intended for public use, use your sleeve or a tissue.
Disinfect your phone(s)
How often you touch your phone with your hands and then hold it near your face? Clean the surface of your cell and stationary phones with antibacterial wipes before and after each use.
Don't hug, kiss or get closer than 1,5 meters to other people,
even if they are not showing any symptoms. Welcome to the introverts' heaven.
STAY HOME if you feel sick or display any symptoms
and call the doctor to visit you rather than going to the hospital. This is much safer than spreading bacteria in a place where most visitors' immune system is already weak.
Please wear a face mask even if you're not sick.
Protect those around you.
Think about your family, friends and everyone around you.
People sick with coronavirus may not display any symptoms at first (you might not know you are carrying it, even!), but that doesn't stop it from spreading to other people in your proximity. At this point, it is crucial to practice self-isolation and minimize any risks of infecting others.
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