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HSE University Has Lost 10 Community Members to COVID Since the Start of the Pandemic

© Daniil Prokofyev / HSE University

Like most institutions, HSE University has not survived the pandemic without significant losses. Since March 2020, the University has mourned nine colleagues — valuable staff members, distinguished professors, and researchers — as well as a young fourth-year student.

We mourn Anatoly Vishnevsky, a renowned demographer; Nikolay Seleznyov, one of Russia’s leading scholars of Asia; Valery Yanvarev, Professor of the Department of Public and Municipal Service; Evgenia Kuzmina, Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor and lecturer at the HSE Lyceum; Sergey Natanzon, Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics; Pavel Lebedev, Lecturer at the MIEM Department of Computer Security; and Zinaida Chernysheva, head of the MIEM editorial department… Unfortunately, this is not the full list.

The past year has been a tough one for everyone and taught us to be more careful about our and each other’s health. All that we can do today to decrease the infection rate is to follow sanitary rules and get vaccinated.

A total of 1,605 people have had COVID-19 on the Moscow campus. The statistics on the new cases are updated weekly.

Since the first days of the pandemic, HSE University has implemented preventive measures: body temperature measuring, a mask mandate, hand disinfection, and self-isolation for those who have contacted a sick person.

In March 2020, the University transitioned to remote learning. The crisis centre monitored the epidemiologic situation in Moscow and made decisions on returning to on-site and hybrid learning based on the most recent infection rate data and Rospotrebnadzor recommendations.

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12 photos depicting university life during the pandemic

This winter, the Office of Staff and Student Benefits organized a massive COVID vaccination drive for members of HSE community and their families. 1,851 people at the Moscow campus got a vaccine as part of this vaccination drive.

We kindly remind you that masks are still mandatory on university premises as they help protect HSE students and staff from catching the virus. Masks should fully cover the mouth and nose. If your student or colleague displays symptoms of COVID, follow the instructions.

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Keep calm and keep learning

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