General behaviour regarding Corona

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Keep your distance: Make arrangements by email or telephone if possible. If possible, use telephone conferences for exchanges in the group. Keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people and refrain from touching them, e.g. greeting them by shaking their hands.

Hygiene: Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly (at least 20 seconds). Washing hands is sufficient to interrupt the transmission path. The use of hand disinfectant is only advisable if you do not have the opportunity to wash your hands.

Everyday mask: Always wear an everyday mask (mouth-nose covering) in public spaces where space is tight and a distance of at least 1.5 metres from others cannot be safely maintained, and where specified. When doing so, also observe the applicable regulations in each case. At GSI and FAIR, it is compulsory to wear a mouth-nose covering without a valve in all buildings.

Use the app: Also, use the Corona warning app. The app notifies you if you have had encounters with people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 corona virus and recommends important behavioural guidelines.  

Ventilate: Regular ventilation is good for hygiene and promotes air quality. This reduces the number of droplets that may be present in the air. You should ventilate for a few minutes at regular intervals. For offices, we recommend shock ventilation by opening all windows for 5 minutes at least once an hour. For meeting rooms, shock ventilation by opening all windows for 5 minutes should take place every 20 minutes if possible.

Poster Hygiene Tips

General information about the Corona Warning App

The Corona warning app helps to determine whether you have come into contact with an infected person and whether this could result in a risk of infection. The app is an offer of the Federal Government. Downloading and using the app is completely voluntary. You may install the app on your official smartphone.

You can find all important information about the app on the RKI website. In particular, you will find recommendations on how to deal with the different risk assessments.


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Furthermore, you can also use the app as a contact diary, contact tracking for events and as a digital vaccination certificate.

Please inform the Task Force Health if the red status "increased risk" is displayed.


Information on data protection

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DThe Corona warning app is permissible under data protection law. It is true that in the course of the first use, the app asks whether the location transmission of the end device should be switched on. This setting is technically necessary so that the app can record contacts (so-called "contact recording function"). According to the app's privacy policy, however, no location data is collected and stored.

If you have any questions about the Corona Warning App, please contact the Data Protection Department at datenschutz(at)

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For quick contact tracing, we recommend that all staff keep a contact diary.

In areas with a lot of "walk-ins", such as the User Helpdesk, a visitors' book should be kept. The contact diary template can also be used as a visitor book.

On the pages of the Data Protection Department you will find the data protection information for keeping a contact diary.

In addition, the Corona Warning app also offers the option of keeping a contact diary.

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Testing for acute SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection helps to detect infected individuals and break transmission chains. Tests available include PCR tests, rapid antigen tests and antigen self-tests.
PCR test: The PCR test is considered the most reliable method to clarify a suspected infection with SARS-CoV-2. The analysis is done in the laboratory. The result is available after a few hours to days.
Rapid antigen test: These tests are carried out by trained personnel. The evaluation of the rapid tests is done on site within 15 to 30 minutes. However, the result is not as reliable as with the PCR test.
Antigen self-test: Self-tests are intended for use by private individuals. Sample collection and evaluation is correspondingly simple. The test result is available after 15 to 30 minutes. However, the error rate is somewhat higher than with the PCR test.


If you need an appointment for a PCR or rapid test for the following reasons, please contact the Task Force Health (see contact persons). Please state your date of birth and a telephone number where you can be easily reached. We will then make an appointment for you at MAS in Pallaswiesenstraße in Darmstadt. The test is free of charge for you.
Reasons for needing a PCR/rapid test:

  • Professional necessity (e.g. business trip)
  • Contact with a person who has tested positive
  • positive self-test

Self-tests can also be obtained from the Task Force Health (see contact persons). If possible, please have one person collect self-tests for the entire organisational unit. Please note the storage conditions regarding the temperature of the self-tests. Most can be stored at a temperature between 4°C and 30°C.