The “corona virus”

COVID-19 or Corona virus SARS-CoV-2 is currently causing excitement or worry in many people. This is mainly due to the uncertainty that results from the novelty and the lack of experience. For the vast majority (approx. 80%) of those infected, the infection appears to be harmless. People who are older or have previous illnesses are currently considered to be particularly at risk of complications. The following information can help:

In Germany, the information is collected at the Robert Koch Institute , which has created a disease-specific page on COVID-19 and updates it regularly.

The Federal Center for Health Education , which provides tips for general and everyday precautionary measures , provides further assistance, e.g. with regard to hygiene.

Lars Fischer and Alina Schadwinkel have published an easily understandable text with many answers to current questions about COVID-19 .

It can also be helpful to check your current vaccination status. For example, having vaccinations against pneumococci, whooping cough (pertussis) and flu (influenza) can reduce the additional risks.