Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Currently, there is no vaccine available to protect against COVID-19.

The symptoms

Respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

To avoid COVID-19

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

Recent Updates :

 

  • France has banned public gatherings of more than 1,000 people to try and slow the spread of Covid-19.

The country’s coronavirus alert level remained at Stage 2. France banned all gatherings of more than 1,000 people in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Removal of the measures for people who have stayed in certain regions of Asia and northern Italy due to the transition from stage 1 to 2.

France on Sunday banned all gatherings of more than 1,000 people in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirusSingapore, South Korea, or the regions of Lombardy and Veneto in Italy are terminated. People returning from these areas can resume their normal activities. Only people who have stayed in the province of Hubei in China must be isolated for the 14 days following their return to France.

  • Identification of affected areas named “CLUSTERS” in France.

Due to the number of coronavirus positive cases detected, several areas are identified as affected areas and called “cluster”. Moreover, in this cluster area, the virus is actively circulating. The list of clusters could evolve every day depending on the evolution of the spread of the epidemic. The list is updated on the government website:

The following geographic areas are identified as affected areas:

 https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

As of March 12, 2020, the 8 clusters identified are:

  1. The territories of the municipalities of Creil, Crépy-en-Valois, Vaumoise, Lamorlaye, Lagny-le-Sec, La Croix Saint Ouen, Montataire, Nogent-sur-Oise, and Villers Saint Paul in the department of Oise.
  2. The territory of the municipality of Balme-de-Sillingy in Haute-Savoie.
  3. The territories of the municipalities of Auray, Carnac and Crac’h in Morbihan.
  4. The Grand Est territory following a religious rally in Mulhouse
  5. Ajaccio, in Corse
  6. Aude, in the region of Occitanie
  7. Calvados in the region of Normandie
  8. Hérault, in the region of Occitanie

 People living or working in one of these cities should stay at home.

Strict measures have been taken within the areas of active circulation of the virus (cluster), in the Oise, Haute-Savoie, Morbihan and Grand-Est regions, in particular, residents have been asked to avoid circulating outside of the area or join public gatherings outside the area.

 The anticipation of the transition to stage 3 prepared by ESA

Due to the transition to stage 3, the Prefecture of the region could take decisions that there is a possibility to close all establishment including those related to education as the management of the COVID-19 Coronavirus epidemic in France.

In accordance with the ministerial and prefectural prerogatives in the event of a transition to stage 3, the ESA sets up a continuity activity plan to allow employees to come to work safely and/or set up telework arrangements. Additionally, ESA does not authorize its ESA employees and students to travel in Clusters areas.

 

Frequently Asked Questions :

 

Is the Summer Program canceled?

The Summer Program is still scheduled for next June, nevertheless, it depends on the evolution of Covid-19 on our territory. The registration deadline is March 16, we will communicate further concerning the summer program.

If the internship location is identified as a “Cluster” in France or abroad during the internship period, what should the student do?

The student must comply with the measures taken by the Prefecture or the Government of the host country. If the students are allowed to leave, we ask him to come back home. Their internship agreement is suspended for 15 days, possibly renewable and from the declaration of the geographic area as a cluster.
In all cases, students need to ask their supervisor

What arrangements are made for engineering students currently studying at universities that have just announced closings?

In the case of a closure (for 2 weeks or more), there are two possibilities depending on the host universities:

1) If the university offers online courses: in this case, the student follows the courses offered, either in the country they are currently living or at home in France if they prefer to return;

2) If the university does not offer online courses: in this case, reintegration can be considered in the ESA courses (imperative consultation to have with the management of the program concerned).

In some cases, the university is implementing a 2-week education break but plans to continue classes afterward. The student can then take advantage of these two weeks to organize their time with private activities.

Is ESA able to accommodate a student who has been in contact with one or more potentially infected persons (eg a student who would have traveled by plane with a person infected with Covid-19)?

As the student shows no symptoms, he is authorized to take the courses at ESA. If symptoms appear, the student should contact their doctor or call 15.

Measures taken to hold the graduation ceremony on March 14

ESA organizes this event seeing the decision taken by the Government that authorizes public gatherings below 1,000 people.

If a person has flu-like symptoms, should the ESA contact the person to find out if this is COVID-19? or Should someone who knows they have COVID-19 inform ESA in advance?

There are certainly many people who have seasonal flu symptoms. ESA does not have to interfere in individual situations and it is up to each person to report their situation. Especially if they have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. In the latter case, these persons are asked to inform ESA to protect other students and staff of the School.

Measures taken by ESA for the trips abroad of its students and employees?

In the following link, you will find the risk areas: https://www.santepubliquefrance.fr/maladies-et-traumatismes/maladies-et-infections-respiratoires/infection-a-coronavirus/articles/covid-19-situation-epidemiologique-internationale

All departures abroad in areas at risk (red) are prohibited by ESA. It is preferable, for other trips abroad, to postpone them as much as possible. Nevertheless, ESA does not prohibit these trips.

Measures taken to welcome both students international and local to ESA?

There are no more than fourteen for people returning from a risk zone. However, the social restrictions have suggested them not to visit frail people, public places. Two weeks of home-quarantine are highly advocated high-risk contact cases.

Measures taken for the repatriation of students currently present in risk areas?

For students currently awaiting a decision on the continuation of their internship or semester abroad in establishments or universities located in the red zone, ESA confirms the cancellation of these internships or semester abroad in these zones and organizes itself to find alternatives and ensuring continuity of training in other ways. The persons responsible for training or the program will come back as soon as possible to the students or groups of students concerned to explain these new terms to them.

Measures taken for ESA’s students currently present in Italy (outside risk areas)?

Three students are currently in Pisa and Viterbo. Our program managers are in regular contact with them. None of them wish to return to France. You will find the risk areas on the following link:

https://www.santepubliquefrance.fr/maladies-et-traumatismes/maladies-et-infections-respiratoires/infection-a-coronavirus/articles/covid-19-situation-epidemiologique-internationale

Internship in the cluster zone?

ESA does not authorize the internship in the cluster zone until further notice.