Dealing with the Coronavirus | IT-TRANS

Dealing with the Coronavirus

For your safety

Safety for all employees, customers and guests is a top priority for Messe Karlsruhe. This also applies to the current coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which is currently spreading worldwide. According to the WHO, the Robert Koch Institute and the German authorities, the risk of infection with this new pathogen in Germany is currently very low.

Messe Karlsruhe is closely monitoring current developments and is in direct contact with the health authorities.

As a precautionary measure, additional hand disinfection stations are set up and the cleaning intervals for contact surfaces are increased. Close contact between all the relevant stakeholders ensures that new findings are shared, that information is provided and that available procedures for the trade fair grounds are modified to suit a given situation.

Here you can find answers to your questions:

The Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) recommends proper hand hygiene, compliance with the etiquette for coughing and sneezing and – if possible – keeping a 1m distance to ill persons.

The BZgA has compiled the following recommendations:

Wash hands regularly

  • When you return home
  • Before and while preparing food
  • Before meals
  • After visiting the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Before and after contact with ill persons
  • After contact with animals

Wash hands thoroughly

  • Place your hands under running water
  • Lather hands on all sides
  • Take 20 to 30 seconds to do so
  • Rinse hand under running water
  • Dry hands with a clean towel

Keep hands away from the face and avoid skin contact

  • Don’t touch your mouth, eyes or nose with unwashed hands
  • Temporarily forego embracing and shaking hands as a greeting

Coughing and sneezing correctly

  • Keep a distance and turn away from others when coughing and sneezing
  • Use a handkerchief or place the crook of your arm over your mouth and nose

Keep a distance when ill

  • Cure the illness at home
  • Forego close physical contact as long as you are infectious
  • Stay in a separate room and use a separate toilet, if possible
  • Do not share crockery or towels with others

Protect wounds

  • Cover wounds with a plaster or bandage

Messe Karlsruhe provides its guests, partners and members of staff with hand disinfection dispensers in the toilets, washrooms, in the area in front of the Messe doctor’s surgery/out-patient facility as well as at the entrance concourses.

Messe Karlsruhe has also shortened the cleaning intervals for toilets and washrooms. Contact surfaces (including door handles, handrails and switches) on doors, lifts, staircases and moving walkways are now cleaned daily.

If you have spent time in a risk region (e.g. Wuhan, China) over the past two weeks or had contact with a person affected by 2019-nCoV and develop symptoms such as fever and respiratory tract problems within the following two weeks you should see your doctor.

Announce your visit to the doctor’s surgery/hospital and mention that you were in the affected region or in contact with an ill person and are suffering from corresponding symptoms (e.g. fever).

Report persons suffering from acute breathing difficulties by dialling the emergency number (Messe emergency: 0721-3720-5230). Try to state – if known – whether the person concerned spent time in a risk region over the past two weeks or was in contact with a confirmed case of 2019-nCoV.

Require the concerned person to sit down and avoid direct physical contact. Try to keep a 1 m distance. Wait for emergency services to arrive – they will take over further care provision.

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