Corona Virus updates

Corona Virus updates regarding the current outbreak of the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) disease in Wuhan and Hubei province.

The WHO declared a global public health emergency in Jauary 2020.

Corona Virus updates

NOTICE: As response to the COVID-19 crisis, we have started to build our e-learning and have finished the first course on Corona Virus: Basic Course.
The course is in english language and specifically has the following learning objectives:

– Information on SARS-CoV-2 (selected general)
– Information on COVID-19 (selected general)
– Information on the use of Personal Proctection Equipment (PPE)
– Information on peculiarities of Airway Management
– Information on the basics of ventilation
– Information on ethical considerations / Team aspects (Soft Skills) / etc.

The course is free of charge. It is built for medical students within their clinical years, MD’s and all nursing staff and medical professionals involved in caring for COVID-19 patients.
The course about 6-8 hours itself (if you check out ALL ressources it may be well into 40 hours…).
The course is accredited by the medical faculty of the LMU Munich, Germany, the Faculty of Medicine Botucatu (FMB) in Botucatu, Brazil, and the UNESP university in São Paulo, Brazil and the Cardenal Herera University, Spain, at current. Additional partners are under review.

The virus has been rapidly spreading to all of mainland China and neighboring countries in Asia. The worldwide spread is observed at current and it is exspected to see a multitude of newly discovered cases in all countries in the next few weeks, as experienced already in the past few weeks. In recent days, the risk of a world-wide spread of COVID-19 is at current high and an increasing number of countries do report a fast increas in cases, while lately the situation in China showed a significant decrease in cases.

Current Corona Virus updates and further information can be obtained by all students from the WHO. The WHO is currently publishing frequent updates on the situation in China and globally. An overview of the case numbers worldwide is published by the WHO here.

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The risk level has been asessed by the WHO to ‘very high’ within China and to ‘high’ in all other regions worldwide.

The number of confirmed cases in Shanghai has declined, none of those are treated at the Shanghai East Hospital. At current, the Med’oPolo International Elective Program Shanghai is giving its international students a moderate travel warning for Shanghai. There is no actual severe concern at this point. A rising number of travel limitations have already been imposed by individual countries, however.

We advise all students to strictly observe hygiene standards (including using alcoholic hand desinfectant) and to avoid large crowds in public. We still strongly advise all accepted students for scheduled for elective in February, March, and April 2020 to closely monitor the progress and to register at their countries crisis-prevention-list prior to travel to Shanghai. Students scheduled to begin their rotation in March and April are at current advised to look into the possibility of postponing their starting date to May 2020 or later, if possible. At current, several departments of the Shanghai East Hospital have been closed.

The decision of quarantine measures is made on different levels. All measures are wideley differing withijn Shanghai and many housing blocks do not allow entry for newly arrived aliens, as happened in the past in single cases. Please make sure to contact us prior to travel in either way.

We will keep you updated on current events of course. If you are an enrolled student and you should encounter any problems, please contact us and we will assist you in any possible way.

In case of any dramatic change of the situation, all students currently in Shanghai will be contacted at once and receive advise on how to proceed. We are in close contact with the “Auswärtiges Amt” of Germany, the German Embassy in Beijing, as well as with the European Headquarters of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to monitor the progress and to obtain relyable advice regarding our international medical student internship in Shanghai, PRC. Although we take the utmost care to follow up the events, we still recommend for every student to be vigilant and contact us in case any information on any possible threads is available. For emergencies, please contact us through WeChat at any time.

Due to the current situation, all electives planned to start until including August 2020 can be postponed without any hassle on a flexible basis. Please write us to postpone your rotation at any time!