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Coronavirus in Germany

Corona online test, current statistics on coronavirus, and how to recognize a possible infection.

Coronavirus live map

Coronavirus continues to spread internationally and has already reached all continents. An overview of current figures in Germany and worldwide statistics can be found on the interactive live map from Funke media group. The map provides insights on which regions are most affected worldwide and how the statistics are changing over time.

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Coronavirus vaccines explained

Vaccine rollout is making progress! A lot has happened since the first coronavirus vaccine was officially approved at the end of 2020. Find out everything you need to know about vaccination statistics, vaccine development, approved vaccines, the approval process, discussions on mandatory vaccination, and possible side effects of coronavirus vaccines. We’ve summarized the most important information for you.

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Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

Rapid coronavirus tests can be performed in various test centers without much effort. However, if you have reasons to suspect infection, the following options are available:

  • Contact your general practitioner
  • Call a hotline or 116 117
  • Contact the department of health
  • Go to the hospital*
  • For acute, life-threatening emergencies, call 112

*Only patients with urgent or severe symptoms should visit an emergency room.

Would you like to get tested for SARS-CoV-2?

If you decide to get tested for SARS-CoV-2, there are a few types of tests available: direct virus detection using a rapid antigen test or PCR (throat swab) and antibody testing (blood test). Direct virus detection shows whether you are currently infected with coronavirus, while antibody testing determines whether your immune system has developed antibodies due to a previous infection.

Slowing the spread of corona – prevention in everyday life

Transmission of coronavirus

Similar to the common influenza (flu) virus, coronavirus spreads primarily via respiratory (droplet) transmission. This occurs when people sneeze and cough, as well as when people touch their noses, mouths, or eyes after shaking hands. As an aerosol, the Coronavirus can also temporarily persist in indoor air.

Hygiene tips

It is recommended to avoid close contact with others. Make sure to wash and disinfect your hands regularly if you have exposure to public spaces or other risk factors (e.g. traveling by train, public facilities, people coughing or sneezing in their hands). Check with local authorities to find out when wearing a face mask in public is recommended.

In summary, this list of measures significantly reduces the risk of infection:

"There are two basic principles for autumn and winter: For all indoor gatherings, you'll have to be vaccinated, recovered, or tested. Otherwise, we will continue to wear masks and follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing."
- Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn on 05.08.2021.
  • No hugging or shaking hands
  • Wash hands thouroughly and regularly
  • Air out enclosed spaces regularly
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Observe coughing and sneezing rules
  • Only use tissues once
  • Wear face masks when recommended by authorities
  • Avoid large crowds
  • Keep a distance
  • Don’t touch common surfaces
  • No hugging or shaking hands
  • Work from home
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Who is most at risk?

Currently people who may be at higher risk of more serious complications from coronavirus include:

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  • Older adults (65 years and older)

  • People with severe chronic illnesses (e.g. chronic lung or heart disease, diabetes, or other diseases affecting internal organs)

  • Patients with congenital or acquired immune deficiencies (e.g due to medications used in chemotherapy)

  • Children are not at higher risk according to current evidence

Which preventative measures should people in high risk groups take?

If you belong to a high risk group, please note the following guidelines:

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  • Follow general rules of hygiene and conduct

  • Take measures to reduce contact

  • Limit social contact to the bare minimum and stay home if possible

  • Consider asking neighbors, friends, and family members to help getting groceries or medication

  • Actively inform yourself about the state of the pandemic

  • Always keep your insurance card ready with a list of current medications and pre-existing conditions

Sources:
RKI
CDC

FAQ (Update: September 7th, 2022)

How can I assess my symptoms?

Symptoms of a coronavirus infection may vary widely between different people. Some people may experience few or no symptoms, while others require hospital treatment. According to current knowledge, typical symptoms can include fever, cough, and a loss of smell or taste.

The symptoms of a coronavirus infection are non-specific and similar to those of other respiratory infections, such as influenza. Reliably detecting and diagnosing a SARS-CoV-2 infection therefore depends on laboratory testing.

When is it appropriate to get tested?

Rapid coronavirus tests can be performed in various test centers without much effort. You can either make an appointment online or register on-site by scanning a QR code with your smartphone. You will usually receive the result within 20 to 30 minutes. If the result is positive, consult information provided by your local health department.
If you've had contact with a person who has tested positive, please contact your local health department and isolate yourself at home until you get further notice. If you are concerned that you have been infected, you should proceed step by step according to the current recommendations of the RKI or your local health department:

  • Step 1: Stay home if you have cold symptoms, avoid contact with people, and follow hygiene and distancing rules

  • Step 2: Get advice from your family doctor by phone or call 116 117 (in case of acute respiratory distress dial 112)

  • Step 3: Follow the doctor's recommendations for further action

Who can conduct testing?

Rapid coronavirus tests can be performed in various test centers without much effort (see FAQ above). Also, if a doctor has advised you to get tested (see FAQ above), he or she will also suggest where the test can be done. Generally, this should be done at a doctor's practice or a local testing center.
Rapid coronavirus tests can be fully conducted on-site. However, both PCR and antibody tests require that the sample must be sent to a certified laboratory. .

How is a test conducted at a doctor’s office or hospital?

Coronavirus can be safely detected by swabbing the mouth and throat and performing a PCR test afterward. Even the smallest amount of genetic material from the virus is sufficient for detection. Depending on the test, results are usually available within 1-2 days. If the virus is detected, you and the responsible health authorities will be notified automatically. They will contact you to discuss how to proceed. Hospitalization may be necessary beforehand if symptoms are severe.

Further information

For further information on coronavirus, we’ve prepared a list of recommended articles:

Factsheet on coronavirus:

Travel information from WHO:

Travel warnings from the Foreign Office:

Q&A from WHO and Charité on frequently asked questions about corona:

Best ways to prevent COVID-19 from CDC:

Live updates from the New York Times:

Paul-Ehrlich Institut informationen on Coronavirus und COVID-19

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