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General Measures

Since March 11 of this year, when the World Health Organization termed the infectious outbreak of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness a global pandemic, we have been witness to a health crisis without precedent, and which continues to the present day.  

Accordingly, although the acute phase of the crisis appears to have subsided it is vital to maintain specific prevention actions and measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 illness from possible new outbreaks. 

Universidad Carlos III, within its area of responsibility, and to facilitate a safe return to face-to-face activity, has adopted the prevention measures necessary to limit infection in the work and academic environment.

Hygiene measures

Strengthening hygiene measures is the principal means for preventing and controlling infection: 

  • You should wash your hands often with soap and water or a hydro-alcoholic solution for at least 40 seconds, thoroughly cleaning them (palm and back of hand, between fingers, and under nails).
  • Cover your mouth and your nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of it in the wastebasket.  If you do not have tissue, use the inner part of your elbow so as not to contaminate your hand.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • It is especially important to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing or after touching any surface that could be contaminated.

Personal protection measures

In general, the use of masks will be necessary throughout the university campus.

While using a face mask, it is essential to adjust the outside part and its edges to your face.  If not, its effectiveness will be diminished, if not totally absent.  If the fit is not perfect, the air being breathed in will NOT be filtered.

To use a face mask properly, you must follow these steps:

  • Before putting on your mask, wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based disinfectant.
  • Fully cover your mouth and nose with it, ensuring that there is no space between your face and the mask. 
  • Avoid touching your mask while wearing it.
  • Take it off from the back, without touching the front part. 
  • Discard your used mask in the wastebasket or in the bin designated for this purpose, then wash your hands.  

An exception to the requirement are individuals with breathing difficulty whose condition could be exacerbated by use of a face mask or whose use could jeopardize their health or whose disability prevents them from wearing one.

At the same time, its use is not required in activities that are not compatible with its use, such as eating, drinking, as well as in circumstances beyond one’s control or a situation of special need.


Measures to ensure a safe social distance and to prevent situations of crowding

These measures are aimed at minimizing contact between individuals who are part of the University Community as they carry out their daily activities on the Campuses, including any outside visitors who could coincide in the same place, and at keeping a safe distance of at least 1.5 meters:

  • Limiting room capacity.
  • Online meetings.
  • Norms for transit on stairs and hallways.
  • Limited occupation of bathrooms.
  • Restricted use of elevators.

Further information

Hygiene-health measures in buildings, facilities and grounds

Cleaning and disinfection

Previous to restarting activity, a general and thorough disinfection of University premises and facilities will be carried out. 
In accordance with health regulations, special attention will be paid to cleaning common areas and those surfaces most frequently used or touched by others with anti-viral disinfectant products and approved by and registered with the Spanish Health Ministry.
Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis, ensuring at all times availability of soap and water for handwashing purposes.

Ventilation and Air-Conditioning

In order to ensure optimal conditions in the context of the COVID19 pandemic, UC3M will follow recommendations from international agency experts:

  • REHVA: Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, represented in Spain by the ATECYR (Spanish Association of Air-Conditioning and Refrigerating Technicians).
  • ASHRAE: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning.

At the start of each academic year and periodically throughout the year, the air filters will be changed.  Each day the ventilation system will be turned on two hours before the building is opened for use, and will be kept running for two hours after its use. Air is renewed between 5 and 8 times every hour.

In buildings without mechanical ventilation, natural ventilation will be employed.