Coronavirus: VU follows advice RIVM

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam monitors developments about the Coronavirus closely. Read the update of Friday 6th March here.

05-03-2020 | 18:00

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You can find the most up-to-date information about the new Coronavirus on the website of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The RIVM is monitoring the situation in the Netherlands and has a questions & answers page available about the Coronavirus. VU Amsterdam is following the advice of the RIVM closely, together with other Dutch universities.

UPDATE 5/3/2020 18:00

The PThU reported to their students and staff that a PThU staff member in Amsterdam has been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

This person has only been at the PThU last Tuesday, on campus.

The Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD) and RIVM did not ask for additional measures.

Travel advice 
We advise everyone travelling abroad to keep a close eye on travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you will soon be traveling to a country or region for study or work with a negative travel advice related to the Coronavirus, employees can contact their supervisor for advice and students can contact the International Office (

What can people do to prevent the spread of Coronavirus?
The most important measures that people can implement to prevent the spread of Coronavirus are quite simple. It is important to implement them, as they apply to all viruses related to the flu or cold:

·         Wash your hands regularly
·         Cough and sneeze into your elbow
·         Use paper tissues
·         Don't shake hands

Contact and frequently asked questions
What are the consequences of the Coronavirus for working and studying at VU Amsterdam? Read our frequently asked questions. If your question is not listed, employees and students of VU Amsterdam can contact their information points.