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.
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.
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.