Covid-19 has taken its toll – in all countries and in all situations. We are happy to be able to start the ESAVS program again. Of course we have taken this special situation into consideration – we have adapted to the new normal in – what we think – is the best possible way:
We plan and organize our courses taking place in the second half of the year always adapting to and closely following the rules of the host country at the time of planning. While doing this, we will carefully adapt according to changing situations and making sure that you as participants as well as course masters will have the best possible coverage in terms of health, safety and disease prevention.
ESAVS has carefully looked at the scientific evaluation about risks of disease transmission. Locally we will strictly follow the rules for distancing and disinfection. We have established our own special hygiene plan for the second half of the year to give all of us, participants as well as course masters, the best possible security in terms of prevention of possible transmission. We want all of you to feel safe, have a wonderful learning experience, and travel home without any doubts about any health risks. Thus we will provide you with our special housekeeping rules as well as a complimentary hygiene package to make sure there will be no lack of hygienic supplies. For any courses including a wet-lab, we will ask you to provide a health certificate stating a negative Covid-19 test in order to participate, because wet lab participation will need compromises in terms of social distancing. The test result should not be older than 5 days when arriving on the course premises.
We take any concern very seriously. Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of any questions.
ESAVS understands that distancing, hand hygiene and masks whenever distance cannot be kept are crucial to prevent infections. Thus ESAVS will provide a hygiene kit to each participant which will contain an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and a set of masks.
We ask you to:
1. always maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters from all other people.
2. wash your hands for at least 30 seconds frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when hand washing is not possible. Hands should be washed:
3. wear masks when 1.5m can’t be maintained to help contain the spread of exhaled droplets. If you must cough or sneeze, do so in the crook of your elbow or a tissue. Dispose of any tissues immediately after use and wash hands thoroughly.
4. stay home if you experience any symptoms of illness including cough, fever, headache, etc.
5. avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth as this can spread infection.
What if there is a mandatory quarantine in the host country for my course?
How do I get a PCR test?
If you do not have the opportunity to get a PCR test in your country, ESAVS has teamed up with Laboklin to ensure everyone can be tested. Here is how to procure a test:
a. Please book a test through our website for 59€ (an order link will be sent to you via email).
b. After purchase, ESAVS will send you a COVID-19 test kit which includes an instruction manual on how to perform the test.
c. You must perform this test and send your sample to Laboklin 2 – 5 days before the start of the course (for any questions, please contact our office).
d. Tests results will be delivered via email. You must have a copy of your test results available on the first day of the course.
Please note that ESAVS will also perform a second COVID-19 test on the third day of the course to ensure participant safety. ESAVS will cover the costs of the second test.
What if I/my partner/my close relative belong to a risk group and I am afraid to travel?
I will be placed in quarantine on my return to my country. What should I do?
In the case of courses with wet labs, ESAVS will provide you with a test free of charge taken during the event. Because you will receive a free COVID-19 test on the 3rd day of the course, a negative result could help you avoid a quarantine.