Information on the novel coronavirus

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Respiratory diseases caused by the novel coronavirus were first detected in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan (Hubei province) at the beginning of December 2019. The virus can be transmitted from person to person.

Coronaviruses in general usually cause mild courses of illness, but can also lead to severe, possibly fatal courses. The novel coronavirus can lead to a severe infection of the lower respiratory tract and pneumonia in some patients. So far, deaths have mainly occurred in patients who were already suffering from serious underlying illnesses.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) estimates the overall risk of the virus spreading in Germany to be high (as at 24.3.2020). The RKI publishes current case numbers, affected countries and information on risk areas.

What to do if infection is suspected

A warning and information system has been set up for travelers arriving by plane from a risk area.

If you are returning from a risk area or have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case and develop symptoms such as fever or respiratory problems within 14 days, the RKI recommends contacting a doctor (call) and coordinating your visit or dialing 116117.

Doctors and laboratories must report suspected cases of the novel coronavirus to the public health department. The public health department

  • can take further measures to protect against infection,
  • reports information about the case to the state authorities. Name, address and other personal data are not transmitted. The RKI evaluates all information on the novel coronavirus centrally.

General protection against infection

The RKI and the BZgA refer to the usual general rules of conduct to protect against infectious diseases:

  • Wash hands regularly and thoroughly.
  • Observe etiquette when coughing and sneezing
  • Keep your distance from sick people.

These also serve to protect against influenza, for example.

In the case of acute respiratory infections, it can be useful for a sick person to wear a face mask. This can reduce the risk of infecting other people through droplets produced when coughing or sneezing (external protection).

Information for travelers

The Federal Foreign Office publishes health recommendations for travel abroad as required. You can access the latest information via the travel and safety information from the Federal Foreign Office.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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