Corona virus
Situation at the Hochschule Niederrhein

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Illness

The incubation period for infection with the coronavirus (COVID 19) is around ten days (one to 14 days). The following symptoms are regarded as typical; fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, body aches, general feeling of illness.

If you notice one or more of these symptoms within 14 days of leaving the high-risk areas, we urgently recommend contacting your family doctor by phone.

Funding & support for students in times of crisis

Has your source of income from your job disappeared due to the corona pandemic and you don't know how to carry on paying your regular bills?
Or would you like to provide support and assistance to others? Or both?

We have put together a few links with tips for you below:

Part-time jobs and the corona crisis
These sectors are currently looking for temporary help:

  • Supermarkets and drugstores (filling the shelves)
  • Logistics industry (due to the increase in online orders)
  • Harvest workers  (harvest workers from Eastern Europe are lacking!)
     

Call the supermarkets in your area or a company that offers mail order to ask if they need temporary help.

The asparagus and strawberry season is fast approaching and the harvest workers from Eastern Europe are not allowed to enter the country due to the freedom of movement restrictions across Europe. For this reason our farmers have up to 300,000 fewer workers than usual. People who are not afraid of physical work now have a good chance of making some money and also helping out the farmers.

No disadvantages with BAföG because of Corona
In view of the current exceptional situation, Federal Minister Karliczek quickly and unbureaucratically made sure that students receiving BAföG have financial security and are able to plan for the future. Students who depend on benefits under the Federal Education Promotion Act (BAföG) should not suffer any financial disadvantages if their training facility is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic or if the start of the semester is postponed. For more information visit: https://www.bafög.de

Still apply for BAföG – even now?!
If you are studying and have not previously applied for BAföG because you thought that it was too complicated and hardly worthwhile for you, or that you would manage well with your job - then this would be a good time to rethink your situation. Even if you only start in the summer semester and think that there are no lectures for the time being - an application is still worthwhile, as BAföG will be paid regardless of when the semester actually starts. For more information visit: https://www.bafoeg-rechner.de/FAQ/bafoeg-und-corona.php

Motto: Together through the corona crisis.
Do you have time on your hands and want to help in the current situation? Students without any previous health conditions are generally not included in the novel coronavirus risk group, and support is required in many areas.

Here are a few ideas on how you can help

  • Voluntary shopping assistance for seniors or people with previous health conditions (for example in your neighbourhood).
  • Help with the “Tafel”/ food bank (many volunteers are older and therefore stay at home, students are needed to help out!)
  • The website and app Nebenan.de (Link: https://nebenan.de/) also provides a platform where you can conveniently check on your phone who needs help or where you can offer something.
  • Social media channels such as Facebook or Instagram already have groups and networks that have joined up and want to help. Have a look in your city and in the district where you live for what has already been organised!
  • Not on Facebook or Instagram? The “Nachbarschaftshilfe NRW”/ Neighbourhood Aid.NRW (Link: www.nachbarschaftshilfe.nrw) website is a nationwide citizens' platform which was set up for the corona crisis. Their stated goal is "Coping with COVID-19 together".
  • NRW / Germany: The “Gemeinschaft online”/ community.online online (Link: https://gemeinschaft.online/) platform also offers support in times of crisis. Shopping, taking the dog for a walk - anyone who is interested can enter their postcode and indicate which type of help they need.
     

When you are helping others, always remember that self-protection comes first. More information (Information in German). There is also a video in several languages available.

Click here for the English version of this video: At a distance but holding together

Take care and stay safe!