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Patient Information on the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19)

Compiled and reviewed by S. Temizel, MPH, specialist for hygiene and environmental medicine, Augsburg

News on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19) are currently dominating the media and all conversations. The virus was first identified in Germany in January 2020. Since the end of February, cases of the disease have occurred all over Germany.

This patient information website contains the most important recommendations we were able to collect; however, we make no claims of our summary being complete. In the following you can find answers to frequently asked questions. Please note that the situation in Germany is changing constantly, and the recommendations to the public are also adjusted accordingly. Therefore, please make sure to stay informed! Below you can find a list of helpful sources of information. This patient information was last updated on 17/07/2020.

Symptom Checker

We have summarised the symptoms and risk factors which may be connected to an infection with the novel coronavirus for you. They are intended to give you an initial point of reference, but they are not a substitute for an examination by medical staff. >>

Risk of Infection

Certain circumstances increase the risk of infection with the novel coronavirus. We will explain to you when you should be particularly vigilant to typical symptoms of the disease. >>


All of us can contribute to curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus. In this article, you can learn which simple measures you can take to protect yourself and those around you. >>

Background Information

This chapter summarises current findings about the origins of the virus. In addition, we will also inform you about past outbreaks of related viral strains and the different names used for the novel coronavirus. >>

Information Available Online

This is a compilation of links which can help answer your questions about the novel coronavirus. We do not accept any liability for the accuracy of the external links. >>


In this chapter, we will introduce you to various methods used in acute medicine and medical research to fight the symptoms of the novel coronavirus and to develop medications and vaccines. >>

The patient information provided hereunder is not a substitute for medical consultation and treatment. The content of the patient information site may not be used for self-diagnosis or as the basis for medical treatment. We hereby exclude any liability arising from and in connection with such use of the patient information site.

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