From the very beginning, Elisava is constantly monitoring the evolution of the coronavirus disease and following the guidelines of the academic and healthcare authorities, as we have already informed you in the previous announces (February, 26th and March,5th).
In this sense, last Monday, March, 9th, a Monitoring Commission headed by Javier Peña, general and scientific director of Elisava, has been created. This Commission is also formed by Josep Xampeny, Managing Director; Albert Fuster, Academic Director of Undergraduate Studies; Santiago Albert, Director of Master and Postgraduate Programmes; Claire Dubus, Head of Marketing and Communication; Laura Clèries, Head of Elisava Research; Danae Esparza, Head of the Undergraduate Degree in Design; Òscar Tomico, Head of the Undergraduate Degree in Industrial Design Engineering; José Trapero, Head of Information Systems; Paolo Sustersic, President of Elisava’s Works Council; Esther Brosa, Head of the Health and Safety Committee, and Albert Montull, Head of Academic Management and Quality.
This Commission aims to keep track of all the information related to the evolution of the outbreak, in order to make the appropriate decisions, taking into account the current situation and to develop any contingency plans that must be applied accordingly.
Measures related to the activity of Elisava
At this time, Elisava is operating normally and its academic activities are developing regularly. However, the School's management has decided to postpone or change to streaming format some conferences and reduce the number of students in class, or in assessment sessions. In the same way, the presence in the Saló de l’Ensenyament and the Saló Futura is suspended, the Open Days planned for March 21 and 28 have been cancelled, as well as the lecture by Anna and Eugeni Bach scheduled for this Thursday, March 12. Likewise, the lecture by Gail Bichler in the framework of Elisava Masters' Talks (Thursday, March, 12) is postponed.
In this regard, a contingency plan on possible alternatives of non-presential teaching is being prepared for all the studies offered by Elisava in the coming weeks in the case it is necessary.
Measures regarding the Elisava community’s international mobility
The International Mobility Coordination area has contacted all the students currently participating in international mobility programmes (both outgoing and incoming) in order to support them and inform them about everything they need to know about the disease, both in the different countries where they are and also in our country. In this regard, the international relations areas of the universities where we have members of our community have also contacted us, as well as representatives of the various agencies of the Study Abroad programme. At the same time, we will keep them informed at all times of what is happening in our country.
Likewise, the General Direction of the School has asked all the departments to inform us of the trips planned for the upcoming weeks, in order to evaluate their risk and convenience.
Measures taken at Elisava's facilities
Elisava has reinforced the cleaning service of its facilities and has also maximized the ventilation of its spaces. Likewise, and since the first announcement on February, 26, the School has provided a series of links to informative websites of the health authorities in order to inform our Community (students, teachers, administration and services staff) of the essential hygiene measures to be taken.
In this sense, illustrative posters are being reinforced in all our facilities on the need to regularly wash hands and ventilate the spaces, as well as other preventive measures.
Affectation to community members
To this day, March 11, 2020, we are not aware that any member of the Elisava community has been diagnosed with COVID-19. However, if you have been at risk of contagion with COVID-19, avoid coming to school until you are sure. If you have symptoms of general malaise, cough, fever, or feeling of shortness of breath, you must stay at home and call the Health Response Service (061) and report any journey or contact with people diagnosed with COVID-19. The health services should evaluate the need for isolation or the measures that must be taken in each case.
The Public Health Agency of Catalonia recommends that people coming from risk areas who develop respiratory symptoms contact the free telephone number for the Health Response Service (061, Salut Respon), where they will receive the appropriate information. 061 services are also available in English. The Agency has strengthened its services and expressly discourages going directly to health centres.
To prevent contagion, in this stage of virus containment, the basic prevention recommendations must be followed:
- Wash your hands frequently (with soap and water).
- Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues (or with the inside of your elbow) when coughing or sneezing, and then wash your hands immediately.
- The use of surgical masks only makes sense in paties who meet the criteria for suspicion of this infection.
We recommend that you avoid journeys, both in the professional and private spheres. According to the guidelines of the health authorities, members of the university community are advised to limit trips that are not strictly necessary, especially to countries declared to be at risk 3 by the World Health Organization (WHO): Italy, Japan, Iran, South Korea, Singapore and China.
In this regard, from Elisava we recommend you to follow the guidelines of the health authorities and consult the following official links which provide daily updated information:
- World Health Organization (WHO), specially the Advice for public.
- European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
- Health Alerts and Emergency Coordination Center (CCAES) – Ministerio de Sanidad, Consumo y Bienestar Social.
- Public Health Agency of Catalonia (ASPCAT) – Departament de Salut.
- Public Health Agency of Barcelona (ASPB) – with FAQ to COVID-19 in Catalan, Spanish and English.
- Health Authorities instructions regarding the specific environment of the universities