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Coronavirus - Germany: Overview of important facts about Covid-19!

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03/02/2020: Covid 19 diseases are not the end of the world

The new corona virus Sars-CoV-2 was first detected in the state capital Berlin. In Germany, the virus is now represented in ten federal states. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are currently 129 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Germany. There is great uncertainty - but the good news is that for most people, the disease is comparable to flu. The majority develop only mild complaints that can be cured at home with home remedies.

  • For more information, see the article: Coronavirus infection treatable with home remedies at home

03/02/2020: No increased risk of infection for healthy diabetics

The new type of corona virus is spreading more and more. Worldwide, more than 3,000 people have died from the infection. According to experts, most deaths have occurred in older people with serious comorbidities such as heart disease or diabetes. However, healthy diabetics do not have an increased risk of infection.

  • You can find more information on this in the article: Coronavirus: How people with diabetes minimize the risk of infection

01.03.2020: Can the new corona virus be transmitted through goods ordered online?

Worldwide, more and more people are becoming infected with the novel corona virus. The number of people affected is also increasing in Germany. In addition to the fear of direct infection, many are also concerned about the risk posed by goods from affected areas. But are infections possible through objects?

  • You can find more information on this in the article: Can the new corona virus be transmitted through goods ordered online?

29.02.2020: First case in Bonn - Heinsberg closes schools

Efforts to keep the new Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus out of Germany do not seem to have worked. The virus has also been spreading within Germany for several days. Further Covid 19 cases were reported from Friday to Saturday. Now Bonn is also affected. The wHO currently reports a total of 57 infections in Germany.

The city of Bonn reports an infection to an open all-day care (OGS) in a primary school. The man concerned had apparently previously participated in carnival events in the Heinsberg district. In the severely affected district of Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia, the number of infected people has risen to 38. The Federal Government's crisis team has decided to close all day care centers, schools and day care facilities in the district up to and including March 6.

What is the global situation like?

The World Health Organization (WHO) currently reports over 85,000 Covid-19 infections. Around 79,000 of these cases have been registered in China. The second worst hit is Korea. There the number of infections rose to almost 3,000. The virus is by far the most common in Europe in Italy. Around 900 diseases are currently known there, especially in the Lombardy region in the north of the country. Altogether there are cases of illness in 53 countries. Over 2,900 people have died of Covid-19.

February 28, 2020: First Covid-19 disease in northern Germany

A new Covid 19 case was confirmed in Hamburg. This is the first time that the virus has entered northern Germany. Infections in the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Bavaria and Hamburg have been confirmed. The Robert Koch Institute calls for not to panic. The risk in Germany is currently low to moderate.

According to several media reports, there were 14 new cases in North Rhine-Westphalia and four further infections in Baden-Württemberg in the course of Thursday (27.02.2020). There was also a new case in Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and Bavaria. A case in Hamburg was also reported for the first time. It is said to be an employee of pediatric and adolescent medicine at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). The contact persons of all those affected are now quarantined for 14 days.

How do you recognize an infection?

The Sars-CoV-2 virus can trigger respiratory diseases with high fever and lead to severe pneumonia. In otherwise healthy people, there may only be minor cold symptoms. The new disease was given the name Covid-19 by the WHO.

  • You can find out more about the symptoms and how they are spread in the article: Coronavirus: Detecting early symptoms - How high is the risk of infection?

Symptom-free course possible

In some infected people, the virus appears to have no symptoms at all. Such people can still transmit the virus to other people, as a German research team recently showed.

  • Find out more in the article: German research team confirms coronavirus even in symptom-free travelers.

How does the virus spread?

The distribution paths of Sars-CoV-2 have not yet been conclusively clarified. But they seem to resemble those of the flu (influenza). Typical transmissions take place through droplets that are released into the air by infected people when they speak, cough or sneeze and then inhaled by others.

Other transmission paths are surfaces on which the viruses can survive for several hours to days, depending on the conditions. Hands, doorknobs, railings, handles, buttons, touch screens and similar surfaces, which are touched by many people, represent a source of infection. However, transmission of goods from China is extremely unlikely.

  • You can find more information on this in the article: Corona virus transmission: Viruses on surfaces infectious for up to nine days.

How can you protect yourself from infection?

Since there is currently no vaccine or effective medication, the best way is to avoid infection. Keep away from people who show cold symptoms, pay special attention to hand hygiene. A strong immune system could help fight off an infection.

  • You can find more information on this in the article: Strengthening the immune system - home remedies and tips.

When are the first therapies available?

International research teams around the world are working on the development of a vaccine and effective drugs. There have already been initial successes. Recently, researchers identified 31 already approved drugs that could act against Sars-CoV-2 or at least inhibit progression.

You can find more information in the articles:

  • Covid-19: Are 31 Approved Medications the Coronavirus Solution?
  • Coronavirus: when is the first vaccine against Covid-19 available?

Warning: fraudsters take advantage of the uncertainty

The World Health Organization also warns of a gang of fraudsters who pretend to be WHO to get sensitive data or money. If you are contacted by the WHO, for example with a request for a donation, you should definitely verify whether it is actually the WHO.

  • Find out how to identify the fraudsters here: Coronavirus: Fraudsters pretend to be WHO.

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Author and source information

This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek

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  • WHO: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation (accessed: February 28, 2020), experience.arcgis.com
  • Robert Koch Institute: Risk assessment for COVID-19 (as of February 28, 2020), rki.de
  • Robert Koch Institute: SARS-CoV-2: Information from the Robert Koch Institute on recommended infection control measures and goals (as of February 28, 2020), rki.de
  • Robert Koch Institute: Answers to frequently asked questions about the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (Stnad: 02/27/2020), rki.de


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