Skoltech's response to coronavirus
Dear Skoltech community,

With the rising attention to the 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 №168 dated March 27, 2020 "On measures aimed to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection (COVID-19)"
All Skoltech academic activities are moved to an online format
Сlasses of Term 3 courses are moved to remote, online learning mode (i.e. no in-person classes at Skoltech), effective March 17. Course instructors will follow up with Canvas announcements (have already begun), but educational delivery should follow the established schedule, just remotely. Instructors are recommended to use the Canvas Video Conferencing tool, but may choose to use an equivalent system (e.g. Zoom). It is up to the course instructor and should be clear in their communications and all course-related announcements.
The start of Term 4 is delayed until April 13
This will allow for faculty and students to move to on-line learning structure should the situation require it. The Term 4 schedule will be modified to reflect changes. This will be confirmed in due time, along with other aspects of the educational process.
All students are encouraged to move remote work schedules and not occupy the Skoltech campus
For those students still needing to access the experimental facilities to conduct research,
a social distancing plan should be developed in coordination with their direct supervisors and laboratory managers that oversee and provide access to the facility. Requests for the access should be sent to the respective CREI Director or Head of the Laboratory for approval by 6:00 p.m March 25, 2020. All approved requests should be sent to covid@skoltech.ru by March 27, 2020 18:00.
... and this will last at least until April 14, 2020.
We will keep you updated if anything changes, so please check your email and/or this webpage regularly.
The period for the remote work mode
is set until April 14, 2020
Personnel who can perform duties remotely in full (not involved in critical functions and/or experimental research, industrial projects, MSc, grants) will be designated by supervisors to work remotely
The period from March 30th until April 3rd, 2020 is considered official non-working days
Please stay home, stay safe and prevent the spread of the virus. Please be sure that your monthly payments will be paid in full and as usual.

Access to the Institute facilities will be closed including offices and laboratories. Exceptions will be made only for those employees specified in point №4 of the updated Order.
Heads of laboratories should complete all research/experimental tests by March 27th, 2020 with no further work until the end of the identified period.
Employees who are older than 65 years old and employees with diseases specified in Appendix № 1 to the Order,
have to ensure self-isolation from March 26th till April 14, 2020
Taxi or shuttles will be implemented
to reduce the risk by travel via public transportation for those that are critical to operations special support
Social distancing format and schedule
should be enacted to ensure staff and researchers are not working in close proximity with each other
All international and domestic trips are suspended until April 14, 2020. This includes business trips, academic mobility, conferences and other events.

If you plan to travel for personal reasons,
Skoltech advises you to reconsider your plans until things are a bit more stable. However, if you absolutely have to travel, please contact covid@skoltech.ru about your plans before you go.

If you are currently abroad,
please email your full name, country and date of your estimated return to covid@skoltech.ru.

If you returned from abroad (regardless the country),
you have to be self-isolated, inform immediate supervisors and covid@skoltech.ru and have to perform your functions remotely for the period of 14 calendar days after return from the trip or for the period specified by the sanitary doctors.

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 have to travel, including leaving Moscow and Moscow region,
send a notification to covid@skoltech.ru
It's obligatory for all to inform Moscow "COVID" hotline (+7-495-870-45-09) upon returning to the Russian Federation of your visited location and period of staying abroad.
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:
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 meter 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.
Don't wear a face mask if you're not sick.
Regular medical masks accumulate bad bacteria around your mouth, thus actually threating your immune system and increasing the chances of you getting sick. If you are already sick, you need to wear the mask to minimize the risk of passing bacteria on to others around you (when sneezing and/or coughing), but you have to change the mask every 2-3 hours.
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.

Georgii Bazykin, Skoltech professor, and a sought-after expert in the field has given his experienced opinion, which we appreciate and want to share with you:
Over the past few weeks, I've been intensely involved in molecular genetics and epidemiology of the current outbreak. As you certainly know by now, this is a highly dangerous infection with a substantial case fatality rate. The chance of global spread, leading to hundreds of thousands of fatalities or more, is non-negligible. We see outbreaks in new countries daily. Today, a number of new cases were detected in Moscow. All these cases were imported, but community transmission in Moscow is also not excluded.

However, this is not a one-way street. The pandemic can probably still be prevented. The intensive measures taken in China were very successful: today, there are few new cases in Wuhan and Hubei, and the number of people that are sick is going down. This tells us that quarantine and isolation work. There are other things each of us can do, such as washing hands regularly.

This is a developing situation, and authorities may decide to introduce additional measures.
The difference between success and failure of these measures depends on each one of us.
We can only do this together.