Coronavirus in Germany
Corona online test, current statistics on coronavirus, and how to recognize a possible infection.
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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.
Traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic
After months of lockdown, homeschooling, home office, and being home 24/7, many of us are looking forward to vacation and a change in scenery. Thanks to the symptom tracker in the Data4Life app, you can be fully prepared while traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We recommend tracking your symptoms before, during, and after your trip. If you think you might have COVID-19 symptoms while on vacation, you can print out your symptom history or show your smartphone directly to a doctor. All reports are available in English in case you’re crossing borders and traveling in a foreign country.
Find out more about our symptom tracker and enjoy a worry-free vacation.
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.
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:
Who is most at risk?
Currently people who may be at higher risk of more serious complications from coronavirus include:
- 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)
- Pregnant women and 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:
- Follow general rules of hygiene and conduct
- Take measures to reduce contact – no visits from children/grandchildren
- Limit social contact to the bare minimum and stay home if possible
- Ask neighbors, friends, and family members early on if you need help getting groceries or medication
- Actively inform yourself about the state of the pandemic and possible symptoms
- Always keep your insurance card ready with a list of current medications and pre-existing conditions
FAQ (Update: October 12, 2020)
Symptoms of a novel 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 loss of sense 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.
The Robert Koch Institute currently recommends getting tested if you,
have symptoms of a respiratory infection,
have recently lost your sense of smell or taste, or
have symptoms and had contact with a confirmed case in the past two weeks.
Urgent testing is also recommended for people whose doctors suspect signs of viral pneumonia.
For help deciding the appropriate measures to take, please use our free app, CovApp, which was developed in cooperation with the Charité in Berlin.
If you suspect that you are infected with the novel coronavirus, please do not go directly to the doctor (unless it is a life-threatening emergency). Instead, please call your general practitioner, the nationwide hotline for medical emergency service 116 117, your local hospital, or local health authorities first. Based on a consultation and the severity of your case, these employees will recommend where to get tested. Get help deciding the appropriate measures to take by using our app, CovApp, which was developed in cooperation with the Charité in Berlin.
The free online test was developed in cooperation with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. It was designed to help you decide the appropriate measures to take if you’re showing symptoms of coronavirus. This makes it easier for you to assess the need to visit an examination center for further tests (e.g. throat swab). It does not replace potentially necessary medical treatment. Click here to take the online test.
According to current information, coronavirus exclusively infects the respiratory tract. Therefore, the pathogen can be detected by swabbing the mouth and throat. Even the smallest amount of genetic material from the virus is sufficient for detection. Depending on the test, results are available within 1-3 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.
If there is reason to suspect a coronavirus infection, your doctor will prescribe a test for coronavirus. In this case, your health insurance (or the department of health) will cover the cost for the test. If you request a test on your own without a doctor’s prescription, you are responsible for any costs, regardless of the test’s results. Taking the online test with CovApp is free.
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: