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Important protective measures on Coronavirus

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As of May 27, 2020

In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus at Deutsche Telekom buildings, we have decided on a range of protective measures that are binding for all employees at Deutsche Telekom. If the measures are to be efficient, it is absolutely imperative that these also apply to your employees, provided they work at Deutsche Telekom AG buildings AND have contact with our employees.

Employees returning from third countries (countries outside the European Union (EU) or the Schengen area) after a multi-day stay are not allowed to enter Telekom buildings for at least 14 days. This measure is in line with the decision of the federal and state governments, which in principle order a mandatory two-week quarantine in such cases. In addition, while monitoring the pandemic situation, a 14-day ban on entering Telekom premises will continue to be imposed on people entering the country from EU countries with a high infection risk.

If they have been in contact with an infected person, access to Deutsche Telekom buildings is also prohibited for a period of 14 days. If they develop symptoms during this period, they must get in contact with their GP. If there are no symptoms, the protective measure is lifted after 14 days. 

In case of a confirmed infection, access to Deutsche Telekom buildings is generally prohibited until the person has been confirmed as being free of the virus by a doctor. 

In general, we currently recommend employees to use Webex (telephone or video conferencing) and show restraint with regards to traveling, by plane or train, as well as in attending large events. 

When working in Telekom buildings, please carry appropriate protective equipment in the form of masks and protective clothing with you and use it when required by the situation.

At the place of work, it is important to keep your distance from other people. At least 1.5m, better 2m or more. The general contact ban with more than one person who does not belong to the family or does not live in the same household does not apply here.

Preventing virus spread

  • Avoid crowded places whenever possible.
  • Keep a distance of at least 1.5 meter to other people and avoid close physical contact.
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands
  • Wear a protective mask.
  • Well-intentioned but useless: covering one's mouth when coughing or sneezing. The viruses are caught by hand and spread from there. Even if it is unfamiliar: sneeze into the sleeve or crook of your arm. In this way you prevent others from getting infected by your handshake.
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly (rub your hands with soap for 30 seconds and spread the soap between your fingers), then use paper towels to dry them. Additional hand disinfectants are not necessary
  • Whenever possible use paper handkerchiefs or your jackets / shirt sleeve to touch a door handle or to open doors
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in home and working environments
  • Regularly ventilate your premises and drink sufficient fluids. Dry mouth and nasal mucous membranes favor a potential infection
  • A balanced and vitamin-rich diet, plenty of outdoor exercise and sufficient sleep will strengthen your immune system.

What should I do if I have symptoms?

Should you have symptoms of a viral infection (dry cough, fever, feeling generally unwell), stay at home as a precaution and call your GP. They will advise you further.

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