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Patient Information on the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

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

When the first news of a novel respiratory virus was reported in the spring of 2020, no one could have guessed the global consequences that the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 would have - even though experts had been warning of a coming pandemic for several years. More than 600 million infections and well over 6 million deaths later - including over 150,000 in Germany - the world seems almost to have become accustomed to the virus. This is not least due to the fact that the severity of the disease has fortunately decreased as a result of the variants of the virus and the provision of a vaccine at an unprecedented rate.

After contact restrictions, quarantines and isolations, we must now ask the question: what next? SARS-CoV-2 is a highly contagious virus that affects the respiratory tract. It can still cause severe disease - especially in people with weak immune systems or other risk factors. People still die from COVID-19 disease. The protective measures are now well known to all of us: good vaccination protection, keeping your distance, reducing contact, wearing a mask, and ventilation. Protective measures must continue to be taken in certain areas, such as hospitals and nursing homes, where many of these so-called vulnerable groups are found.

There are fewer and fewer restrictions in our everyday lives - in some cases, domestic isolation is no longer even mandatory for people who test positive. Everyone must now decide for themselves how responsibly they want to deal with the virus. Continue to avoid large events? Wear a mask? Test? In this patient information sheet, we have summarized the most important recommendations without claiming to be exhaustive. Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions and some helpful sources of information. This patient information was last updated on 24/01/2023.

Symptom Checker

We have summarised the symptoms and risk factors which may be connected to an infection with the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) 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. >>


Certain circumstances increase the risk of infection with the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). We will explain to you when you should be particularly vigilant to typical symptoms of the disease and which simple actions can help protect you and the people around you. >>


In this chapter, we will introduce you to various methods used in acute medicine and medical research to fight the symptoms of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and to develop medications and vaccines. >>

Post-COVID Syndrome

Even after an infection with the coronavirus (SARS-CoV2), those affected can still suffer from longer and long-term consequences - the post- or long-COVID syndrome. In this latest chapter, you will find information and helpful tips on these symptom complexes. >>

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 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). >>


Research into the development of vaccines against the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is being carried out at full speed. In the European Union, mRNA vaccines (from BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna), vector vaccines (from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson), and a protein vaccine (from Novavax) have conditional marketing approval. >>

Information Available Online

This is a compilation of links which can help answer your questions about the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). We do not accept any liability for the accuracy of the external links. >>

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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