Latest news from Data ScienceTech Institute on the COVID-19 epidemic and General Health Guidelines.
Last update: 25th March 2020
A new decree has lead to a new and more detailed, attestation that needs to be filled out every time you go out. Please find ithere.
Last update: 17th March 2020
Due to the latest French and European Union wide decisions, and as you know, we are now in total home confinement. The European Union and associated Schengen space is closed, travelling between EU/Schengen countries is also restricted.
This confinement is planned to last for the next two week, for now.
The authorities will decide the best course of actions and we shall keep you posted. In the meantime, DSTI operates fully: as long as the logistics companies (UPS, Fedex, etc.: the people working in the logistics chains must be thanked as much as medical staff) can transport the “Teach from Home” kit, we shall and will deliver your classes in an environment as close as possible from teaching on-campus. And even when they failed to deliver on time, we can always arrange a workaround.
Although this is not a time to boast, we are very proud of being able to do this.
We are asking everyone, wherever you are, to take the matter of home confinement with all due seriousness and respect for the whole population.
As President Macron’s (necessary) gravitas showed last night, we must all abide to slow down the spread of the virus and prevent our hospitals from becoming overflowed and over-capacitated.
Some of us may carry the SARS-CoV-2 without even suffering from COVID-19 but we could spread it around.
In France, movements are controlled. If you go out, you need to be able to give a proper justification or face a 135€ fine. Of course, we will all need to go out at some point (for a good reason) but you must carry a copy of this form.
Again, we want to remind everyone that although the situation is extremely serious, the probability of any of us being seriously ill is low, particularly if confinement measures are observed.
Remember to follow the Health Guidelines from the French Government & World Health Organisation.
Important: do not use anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin, as there are strong suspicions they could aggravate the COVID-19 infection (as for many other viral infections, such as the flu).
Be careful with cortisone, which is not only an strong anti-inflammatory agent but also an immunosuppressant. If you are taking cortisone for a known condition, seek medical advice. Paracetamol seems to be ok so far.
For people with allergies, make sure to have enough “stockpile” of your anti-histamine drugs at home so that you are not entering your body in an inflammatory state.
For men, if you are shaving your face, make sure to not go out in public immediately after, as the micro-cuts cause by razor blades create an entry vector for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
As a general guideline, remember that body temperature elevation (fever) is the very first line of defence for your immune system. Fever activates and re-enforces immunity.
Should you be unwell and develop a fever, as long as your body temperature doesn’t go above 40°C/104F(and except for known and specific personal health conditions where a fever is not medically acceptable for you), do not stop it with the above quoted drugs or any other antipyretic substances. A fever is not nice to sustain, but you must if you safely can.
Yours Sincerely, Sebastien Corniglion Dean – CEO for Teaching & Research of DSTI
Last update: 17th March 2020
There are no declared cases of coronavirus on both DSTI campuses at this time. We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to follow the French Government advice and instructions.
Data ScienceTech Institute is fully committed to do all we can to provide a safe study and living environment.
Thanks to our telepresence system, DSTI offers several arrangements available that give all students and regardless of their study mode, the opportunity to follow their programmes online.
Students who will join the Spring 2020 cohort will be welcome to attend classes on-campus from March 16th. For others who are affected by the travel restrictions and unable to come in-person, they will be able to follow all courses live through our telepresence system.
Should the epidemic worsen to the level of fellow European countries such as Italy, we have everything prepared:
If Professors are allowed to be on-campus (but not the students), they would teach as usual and students would follow live via teleconference
If the campuses had to be closed to all public, we have a complete “Teach from Home” plan, where all necessary teaching equipment (HD webcam and microphone, dual monitors including a touchscreen for blackboarding, powerful mini-computers with all necessary software pre-installed) would be shipped to your Professors’ homes.
Should a Professor be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 and be unavailable, we have alternative plans, starting from replacement professors to previously recorded classes.
For the Spring 2020 cohort, we also have the benefit of the summer, should some days of classes need to be caught up.
Again, everything is already in place, ready to be activated.
If you recently(within the last two weeks) come back from an area where the virus is actively circulating, please we kindly as you to notify us.
A summary of the COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation:
What to do if you have symptoms?
Do not go to your General Practitioner but call the SAMU (dial 15). This is the French Emergency Health Services.