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Information on coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

This page provides an overview of the most important information currently available on coronavirus. This information has been collated by Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and is being updated on a regular basis.

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Reduced clinical services

Given the high number of COVID-19 patients and the resultant pressure on hospital and intensive care beds, Charité has reduced clinical services to an ‘emergencies only’ level. Services for emergency patients, cancer patients, and patients with urgent medical or welfare needs remain unaffected.

Information for inpatients and outpatients

Rules for outpatients

Rules for visitors © Charité
Rules for visitors © Charité

Given the sharp increase in new infections, Charité has now implemented the 3G rule for all patients attending outpatient and day case facilities. 

Upon entry to Charité premises, outpatients and day case patients must be able to prove that they have either been fully vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19, or that they have an up-to-date negative test result. Exceptions will be made for emergencies. Limits will be placed on the number of appointments available. 

Visits by outpatients who are taking part in clinical studies will be postponed unless there are compelling reasons why this cannot be done. In these exceptional cases, the 2G-Plus rule shall apply: in addition to providing proof of their vaccinated or recovered status, study participants must provide proof of a negative coronavirus test result.

The aim of these rules is to prevent the virus from entering and spreading through Charité, and to optimize the level of protection in place both for Charité staff and for vulnerable patients with severe underlying medical conditions.
 

What these new rules mean for our patients:

  • Outpatients and day case patients must be fully vaccinated, recovered, or provide proof of either a negative rapid antigen test (obtained no more than 24 hours earlier) or a negative PCR-based test (obtained no more than 48 hours earlier). The 3G rule also applies to children above the age of 5 and to adolescents. Presentation of the child’s student ID card will not be sufficient. Asymptomatic children aged 5 or younger do not require proof of testing.
     
  • Outpatients taking part in clinical studies must provide evidence of their vaccinated or recently recovered status in addition to providing proof of a negative rapid antigen or PCR test result obtained no more than 24 (antigen test) or 48 (PCR test) hours earlier. 


If you are planning to visit a patient in hospital, please arrange your visit in advance by contacting the relevant ward’s nursing staff. Please bring your identity card or passport with you to your scheduled visit. These will be checked at the entrance and your details recorded. You will then be issued with a visitor pass or visitor armband and granted admission to the hospital grounds. 

The collection and processing of personal data is solely for infection control purposes, in order to ensure the safety of patients, visitors, accompanying visitors and hospital staff should an infection develop or be diagnosed at a later stage. All collected data will be erased after a period of 2 weeks. Please click on the following link for more information on the processing of personal data under the GDPR.

Visitors are advised that checks at entrances may result in delays. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. To minimize delays, please ensure that you have all required documentation ready for inspection. 

For us, safety comes first.

As a patient, you might be worried about the risk of contracting the coronavirus in hospital. While such concerns are understandable, they can put lives at risk – when acute symptoms are ignored, and treatment is deferred too long.

We would therefore like to introduce you to the measures we have taken to make Charité a safe place for all – our patients, our visitors and our staff.

Please watch the video and have a look at how this works in detail.

Please feel free to learn more about our measures to control and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

FFP2 masks are compulsory

No visits without FFP2 masks © Charité
No visits without FFP2 masks © Charité

In line with the tighter rules on mask use issued by the Senate of Berlin, Charité has amended its rules for visitors and patients. The wearing of surgical masks will no longer be permitted. 

  • All patients must wear an FFP2 mask when leaving their rooms and while others are present in their (single or shared) rooms.
     
  • FFP2 masks will be compulsory for all visitors wishing to visit family members in hospital.


Our video demonstrates how to use masks which cover the mouth and nose correctly.

     

Packing for your inpatient stay

Please ensure you are aware of current visitor restrictions and pack accordingly.
Exceptions will only be made in cases of emergency admission.

Please consult our checklist detailing what you should bring with you into hospital.

     

Access points to the Charité campuses

Safety measures have been implemented in response to the coronavirus crisis to restrict access across all Charité campuses. Please consult the location maps below to find out which entrances you can use to access campuses and buildings. 

Visitors are advised that checks at entrances may result in delays. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. To minimize delays, please ensure that you have all required documentation ready for inspection.

Information for visitors and accompanying persons

Rules for visitors and accompanying visitors

Rules for visitors © Charité
Rules for visitors © Charité

Due to the unstable nature of the current pandemic situation, Charité will amend its rules for visitors and accompanying visitors. From Monday, 27 December 2021, additional restrictions apply in all inpatient, day case and outpatient areas.

Certain exemptions will apply for visits to children and adolescents, visits to critically ill patients, individuals accompanying children and adolescents, and individuals accompanying pregant women. All visitors will need to provide proof of a negative rapid antigen or PCR test result, regardless of their vaccination or recently recovered status.

The aim of these measures is to prevent the virus entering and spreading through Charité, and to optimize the level of protection we have in place for patients, visitors and staff.


The following rules shall apply:

  • Inpatients and day case patients will no longer be permitted to receive visitors – either inside or outside of Charité buildings. This restriction will remain in place until further notice.
     
  • Outpatients must attend their appointments unaccompanied unless it is essential that they receive assistance from a carer/family member. Outpatients who require assistance may be accompanied by one person only. The accompanying visitor will need to provide proof of a negative rapid antigen or PCR test result obtained no more than 24 (antigen test) or 48 (PCR test) hours earlier.


Exemptions from this rule:

  1. Children and adolescents aged 18 and under who are receiving inpatient treatment at Charité may receive one visitor per day for one visit lasting up to one hour. Visitors will need to provide proof of a negative rapid antigen or PCR test result obtained no more than 24 (antigen test) or 48 (PCR test) hours earlier.

    Children and adolescents attending either an outpatient appointment or emergency department are currently permitted to be accompanied by one person (a parent or guardian). Accompanying visitors will need to provide proof of a negative rapid antigen or PCR test result obtained no more than 24 (antigen test) or 48 (PCR test) hours earlier. Exceptions will be made for critical emergencies.
     
  2. Pregnant women attending appointments in outpatient areas may not be accompanied. Visits to postnatal wards are not currently permitted.
     
  3. Intensive care patients who are in a critical condition may receive one visitor per day for one visit lasting up to one hour. Visits are by prior arrangement only and must be agreed with the relevant ward’s nursing staff. In specific cases involving visits to palliative care patients, wards may agree to deviate from this rule. Visitors will need to provide proof of a negative rapid antigen or PCR test result obtained no more than 24 (antigen test) or 48 (PCR test) hours earlier.
     

Additional infection protection and control measures currently in force:

  • Individuals hoping to visit or accompany a patient under one of the exemption scenarios listed above will require proof of a negative rapid antigen or PCR test result in order to qualify. Rapid antigen test results must be no older than 24 hours. PCR-based test results must be no older than 48 hours. In exceptional cases, the relevant clinical area may decide to conduct a rapid antigen test on site. Such arrangements must be agreed in advance and the relevant access control point must be notified.
     
  • To gain admission to hospital grounds, all visitors will be asked to show proof of a negative test result. Visitors will also need to show an identity card or passport. Visitors will then be issued with a visitor pass or visitor armband and granted admission to Charité premises. Visitors who are unable to produce a visitor pass or armband will be asked to leave the premises immediately.
     
  • Visitors and accompanying visitors must wear FFP2 masks without a valve at all times while inside Charité buildings and continue to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from others at all times, also in outside areas.
     
  • People with symptoms of respiratory infection will not be permitted within any buildings.


If you are planning to visit a patient in hospital, please arrange your visit in advance by contacting the relevant ward’s nursing staff. Please bring your identity card or passport with you to your scheduled visit. These will be checked at the entrance and your details recorded. You will then be issued with a visitor pass or visitor armband and granted admission to the hospital grounds. 

The collection and processing of personal data is solely for infection control purposes, in order to ensure the safety of patients, visitors, accompanying visitors and hospital staff should an infection develop or be diagnosed at a later stage. All collected data will be erased after a period of 2 weeks. Please click on the following link for more information on the processing of personal data under the GDPR.

Visitors are advised that checks at entrances may result in delays. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. To minimize delays, please ensure that you have all required documentation ready for inspection. 

FFP2 masks are compulsory

No visits without FFP2 masks © Charité
No visits without FFP2 masks © Charité

In line with the tighter rules on mask use issued by the Senate of Berlin, Charité has amended its rules for visitors and patients. The wearing of surgical masks will no longer be permitted. 

  • All patients must wear an FFP2 mask when leaving their rooms and while others are present in their (single or shared) rooms.
     
  • FFP2 masks will be compulsory for all visitors wishing to visit family members in hospital.


Our video demonstrates how to use masks which cover the mouth and nose correctly.

     

Access points to the Charité campuses

Safety measures have been implemented in response to the coronavirus crisis to restrict access across all Charité campuses. Please consult the location maps below to find out which entrances you can use to access campuses and buildings. 

Visitors are advised that checks at entrances may result in delays. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. To minimize delays, please ensure that you have all required documentation ready for inspection.

Preventing infection – Protecting yourself and others

Everyone can do their bit to ensure we keep one another safe. We are doing everything we can to protect our patients, visitors and our staff against infection with the coronavirus. Please also adhere to the following rules, which serve to protect you and others against infection. Thank you!

Get vaccinated

Ensure you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

#VaccinesWork to protect you and your fellow citizens.

Minimize contacts

Minimizing exposure will also help to minimize the risk of infection.

Keep your distance

Continue to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from others at all times: in your room, in corridors, in waiting areas, and outside.

Wear a face mask

Even if you are vaccinated: Always wear a mask when others are present and whenever you leave your room.

Our video demonstrates how to use masks which cover the mouth and nose correctly.

Wash or disinfect your hands

Continue to wash your hands thoroughly using soap, or regularly disinfect them.

This is particularly important when putting on or taking off your mask, after wiping your nose, and after touching/handling shared surfaces and appliances.

Follow respiratory hygiene rules

Continue to turn away from others when coughing or sneezing. Always cough or sneeze into your elbow – even if you are wearing a mask.

Avoid direct skin contact

Avoid greeting others by shaking hands. A friendly smile can be just as welcoming.

Keep rooms well-ventilated

Ensure rooms are well-ventilated.

Windows should be opened for at least 5 minutes every 30 minutes.

Video: How to use masks which cover the mouth and nose correctly

Video: How to use masks which cover the mouth and nose correctly @ Charité
Video: How to use masks which cover the mouth and nose correctly @ Charité
  • Why is it important to use face masks in hospitals?
     
  • What needs to be considered when putting on and wearing face masks?
     
  • Can masks be reused?
     
  • What rules must patients and visitors observe while using Charité’s inpatient and outpatient areas?

Our video provides you with the answers to these questions.

You are worried you may have an infection. What to do?

Information on the coronavirus and advice regarding actions you should be taking are available via the CovApp.

Our FAQs will provide you with information on SARS-CoV-2 testing, dedicated test centers in Berlin and our coronavirus video consultation service.

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