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What about self-tests?

It is a preventive way of testing that can ensure that an infection is spotted earlier and can therefore prevent further spread of the virus. Because even if you have no complaints, you can still carry the virus and pass it on to others. Self-testing can help prevent this and, in addition to all other measures, it also promotes a safe learning and working environment. 

No, the self-test is not mandatory. You do not have to provide a negative result in order to enter the RUAS buildings. However, we would like to emphasise that it is very important to make use of the self-tests that the government provides. If we all test ourselves preventively, there is less chance of a hotbed of infection at RUAS. In this way, together we can help to reduce Covid-19. The fewer infections there are in society, the greater the chance of relaxed measures, and consequently, more room for education on location. We will therefore all benefit from using self-tests.

On the website selftesteducation.nl you can order two self-tests every week. They will be sent to your home address.

If you have no complaints and plan to go to one of our locations, you can do a self-test. If you do have complaints like a cold, cough, or fever, you can get tested at a Municipal Health Service (GGD) test centre, because the GGD test is more accurate.

The self-test is easy to administer, as the swabs do not need to go deep into the nose. The instructions for administering the test are included in the user guide provided with each test. Please read these carefully. 

If the result of the self-test is positive, please contact the GGD to make an appointment for a regular test in a testing centre. In the meantime, stay indoors, do not come to Hogeschool Rotterdam, and try to avoid contact with others as much as possible.

Yes, we can only offer education on location if we follow the RIVM guidelines. That means disinfect your hands when you come in, keep a distance of one and a half metres from others, wash your hands regularly, wear a face mask when you're not sitting down.

At least until the start of the summer holidays, so until the end of July 2021. If this changes, we will inform you.

No, these two initiatives are not related. The student study 'Testing for your Future' is a medical academic study which the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences is carrying out together with Albeda College, Erasmus University and Erasmus Medical Centre. This research will have to show whether the use of self-tests enables safe education on location. Because we actually know little about the use and usability of self-testing in practice. What effect does home testing, in combination with school visits, have on the behaviour and welfare of students? Registration for participation will start soon. Do you want to know more about this research project?

Please check: www.eur.nl/hometesting.

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