Coronavirus in Germany public health information
The SARS-CoV-2 virus that first appeared in January in Wuhan, China, has spread to Germany, along with over 150 other countries. The virus causes a respiratory illness called COVID-19, which causes flu-like symptoms such as dry cough, fever, runny nose and fatigue. There have also been reports of difficulties breathing, an itchy throat, headaches, joint pains, nausea, diarrhea, and shivering.
The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 spreads from person to person through infected respiratory droplets, such as saliva or mucus. Transmission can take place indirectly through contact between hands and the mucous membranes of the mouth, the nose or the conjunctiva of the eyes.
Individuals in Germany who have had personal contact with someone confirmed as carrying SARS-CoV-2 should immediately, and irrespective of symptoms, contact their competent health office in Germany, get in touch with the doctor or call 116117 – and stay at home.
People who have spent time in a risk area as identified by the Robert Koch Institute, or in regions where COVID-19 cases have occurred, should avoid unnecessary contact with others and stay at home, if possible. Should you develop symptoms within 14 days, you should visit a doctor after calling in advance to announce your visit.
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Coronavirus daily updates and news from Germany
March 26, 2020
- Could Germany be the first European country to have flattened the curve?
- Part of Germany’s high coronavirus survival rate: its patients are more youthful.
- School-leaving exams will go ahead despite coronavirus.
- Germany still in calm before coronavirus storm says the country’s health minister.
- Germany offers EUR50 billion package for artists.
- Germany’s stimulus plan is one of the most ambitious in history.
March 25, 2020
- Germany to take in more patients from Italy for treatment.
- Germany sends first batch of diagnostic test to the US.
- Number of coronavirus cases in Germany rises to 31,554.
- First hopes emerge of Germany flattening the curve — it’s still to early to draw any definite conclusions, but the extreme containment measures seem to yield rewards.
March 24, 2020
- Coronavirus cases leap by a fifth to 27,000.
- Survival rates remain intriguingly high in Germany.
March 23, 2020
- Angela Merkel tests negative for coronavirus.
- The first signs of levelling the curve emerge in Germany: social distancing seems to be paying off.
- Still too early to say whether Germany is better prepared than other countries — high survival rate might be owed to methodology.
- Analysis: Germany has hoarded so much money that it is well-prepared to deal with the upcoming economic crisis.
- “I am optimistic,” Lothar Wieler, president of the Robert Koch Institute, said at a press conference earlier, about the flattening of the curve. It is far too early to tell, but Germany might be starting to turn the tide.
- Germany supports move to postpone the Olympics.
March 22, 2020
- Angela Merkel goes into quarantine after her doctor tests positive for COVID-19.
- Germany bans gatherings of over 2 people.
- German coronavirus cases rise by 2705 to 16662.
- German states close to total lockdown.
March 21, 2020
- Germany prepares €150bn emergency budget in coronavirus package.
- Germany reports few violations, as lockdown intensifies.
- Volkswagen analyzes 3D-printing ventilators for coronavirus patients.
- Decades of financial caution overturned, as Germany prepares record budget to fight coronavirus.
- Coronavirus: German hospitals offering ICU beds to patients in overstretched France.
- Germans sing Bella Ciao from rooftops in solidarity with Italy.\
March 20, 2020
- Germany might decide on possible lockdown this weekend.
- Extra financial package of 150 bln EUR announced. de ce ar Germany might decide on possible lockdown this weekend.
- Extra financial package of 150 bln EUR announced.
- Renewable energy brought to a standstill in Germany.
- Germany and EU working closely to limit economic damage.
- Germany’s high survival rate continues to inspire.
March 19, 2020
- An important FAQ for business owners and employers.
- Germany is massively beating the coronavirus survival odds.
- Number of confirmed cases continues to surge, rises by over 3000 in a single day.
- Germany multi-billion rescue package for companies.
- Army reservists mobilized to help against the outbreak.
- German quarantine and human rights: what are the differences between German states.
March 18, 2020
- Germany’s COVID-19 survival rate remains extremely high, baffling scientists. It’s a notable success.
- Germany essentially halts public life — a strong measure meant to drastically limit the expansion of coronavirus cases.
- Germany prepares for the worst, expects disease to spread to over 10 million residents.
- Angela Merker stresses that this is Germany’s biggest challenge since reunification.
March 17, 2020
- Germany’s BioNTech is to use its drug development platform alongside Pfizer to find a vaccine for COVID-19.
- German investor morale slumps to levels last seen in the 2008 financial crisis.
- Germany’s Big Brother contestants will be told about coronavirus live on TV tonight after being in the dark over the global pandemic.
- In Berlin, sex workers face ruin amid virus fears.
- The impact of the coronavirus on Europe’s largest economy could help Germany to still achieve its 2020 climate targets, environment minister Svenja Schulze said.
- Wash your hands.
You’ve heard this a million times, and there’s a reason for it: it works. Soap and water is your best option, but sanitizer also works if applied correctly. Wash hands thoroughly for 20+ seconds.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Disinfect commonly touched objects — especially your phone, but also things like doorknobs.
Clean your room and bathroom. This is is good hygienic practice in general, but a preliminary study suggests that disinfecting your room is effective at removing the virus. Here is a list of EPA-approved disinfectants.
- Cough and sneeze in your elbow or in a tissue that you immediately dispose of safely.
- If you can work from home, do that.
- Practice (temporary) social distancing.
Avoid large gatherings, try to stay 1+ meter (3+ feet) away from people.
- Plan ahead, but be considerate.
Consider some preparations in anticipation of social distancing or supply chain shortages, but don’t take more than you need and be considerate of others in your community. Your best chance of not getting sick is if your local community doesn’t get sick.
- Be aware, prepared, but don’t panic.