Germany: Europe’s Safe Haven
Germany is statistically one of the safest countries in which to weather the Coronavirus situation.
Update (16th June): Germany has now significantly eased its lockdown restrictions. Local schools in the Berlin and the Brandenburg area will no longer have to observe the 1.5 metre distance rule after the summer holidays. Plus, as per the latest travel restriction information, EU and Schengen citizens are now free to travel into the country without border checks or self-quarantine. Non-EU citizens will also be allowed to enter Germany for study purposes.
Read on for our overview of the current data, plus the safety measures we are implementing at dBs Berlin in order to ensure the health and safety of our community.
Cases in Germany are declining
On the basis of the current data, Germany is one of the safest countries in the world in which to weather the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Therefore, you can be confident that the country is a stable and secure place to commence your education in 2020.
Whilst it is difficult to make direct comparisons between each country without knowing their data collection methods, their approach to testing and their precise placement in the curve of the crisis, one thing seems clear. Of the large countries which are well into the cycle of the epidemic, Germany has one of the lowest death rates per million people. Despite the high testing rate in Germany, the numbers of daily new infections have been falling steadily since peaking on March 27th. See here for more information.
Germany has a first-class healthcare system
It may be some time before the precise reasons for the aforementioned decline in cases are known. However, Germany is renowned for its very strong universal healthcare system, as well as its robust approach to testing and tracking suspected cases. Combine this with the high number of appropriately equipped hospital beds, and it is easy to see why the country has come through better than most.
At this point, the experts seem unanimous. Depending on where we are in the world, somewhere between 60 and 80% of us will eventually be infected with Coronavirus. Furthermore, the restrictive measures being implemented around the world are only intended to change the speed at which this happens. This ensures that there is not too much pressure placed on the healthcare system and available hospital beds.
With all of this in mind, it would appear that even after travel restrictions have been lifted, Germany will be one of the safest places to weather the Coronavirus crisis.
dBs Berlin’s hygiene protocol
At dBs Berlin, we are deep into research and planning for all possible eventualities and working conditions. During the lockdown period, we quickly adjusted our curriculum to deliver classes online – and we are continuing to do so, wherever possible.
In accordance with the Berlin Senate’s Containment Measures Ordinance, we partially reopened our equipment and studio facilities on May 4th in order to allow our students to complete mandatory and required work. With the health and safety of our community as our utmost priority, we are ensuring that interactions are limited and that a strict hygiene protocol is followed.
This includes a distance of 1.5 metres between people at all times, frequent use of the readily available soap and hand sanitiser, regular disinfection of equipment, door handles and other objects, recommended use of a mask, and restricted access to certain rooms or spaces.
Studying at dBs Berlin in 2020
Looking ahead to the next academic year, we are confident that we will be reopening and delivering our courses as normal from September 2020 – albeit under an appropriate operational regime relevant to COVID-19 hygiene requirements in Germany.
However, we are preparing to comply with all possible scenarios as the situation unfolds, including delivering a mixture of online and physical classes. Whatever happens, we’ll ensure that you’ll receive the required level of facility access relevant to your course.
What about new applicants for the 2020/21 course year? We’re offering a full refund of deposits and course fees to those unable to attend their course for any reason directly related to the COVID-19 outbreak (find out more in our COVID-19 FAQ). So, if you’ve been dreaming of starting your dBs Berlin journey this year, the time to apply is now.
You’re invited to our Virtual Open Day!
Want to get a taste of our school from the comfort of your home? Join us at our virtual Open Day on the 26th of June (2pm Berlin time).
We’ve taken our Open Day online with a live presentation and Q&A, in order to connect with all of you despite the lockdown situation.
We’ll talk you through our learning approach and facilities. You’ll hear first-hand about our programmes from our students and tutors. And we’ll aim to answer any questions you may have about joining our courses this summer or fall.
Sign-up to receive the link to join the call and submit your questions here.
If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at email@example.com or +49 30 2900 9052.