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 No. 261 "On amendments of the Order No. 177 dd 04.04.2020" regarding Skoltech's current operations.
All Skoltech academic activities are administered in an online format
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.
All safety measures are enacted
at least until June 14, 2020
We will keep you updated if anything changes, so please check your email and/or this webpage regularly. The detailed information about 2020-2021 academic year will be provided shortly.
The period for the remote work mode
is set until September 1, 2020
All Skoltech employees have to be in line with recommended measures to preventive COVID-19 for this period. In addition:

  • Only a limited scope of activity is continued on campus: technosphere & research equipment safety, critical research, leadership operations, campus management, security, IT support, payroll
  • The offline Graduation Ceremony on June 26 will be postponed until further notice
  • Innovation workshop (IW) will be moved to January 2021
  • No business trips or events until September 1, 2020
Throughout the summer, Skoltech will administer its return to post-pandemic life gradually, in 3 phases:

✓ Phase 1 (from June 15): Limited access (in case of cancellation of official self-isolation). Work on the completion of contract obligations. Laboratories and Centers of Collective Use will start to slowly return employees to the campus. No educational/training activities in labs.

✓ Phase 2 (from July 20): Limited access
Return to normal operation in Laboratories and Centers of Collective Use following strict safety regulations and scheduled access to the facilities. No educational/training activities in labs.

✓ Phase 3 (from September 1): Open access
Return to Skoltech's regular operation mode within the framework established by the Government.

Please note that this plan is established based on the current pandemic situation in the world and will be adjusted, if necessary.
Social distancing format and schedule
should be enacted to ensure those staff and researchers who are eligible to work on campus are not working in close proximity with each other
Starting March 30, the Russian Federation will temporarily restrict traffic through automobile, railway, pedestrian, river and mixed checkpoints across the state border.
Based on the government's order from March 27th, 2020.
All international and domestic trips for Skoltech are suspended until September 1, 2020. This includes business trips, academic mobility, conferences and other events.

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:
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 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.