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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

Since the spring of 2020, there have been 3 waves of infection in Germany so far, which have put our healthcare system and our private lives to the test. Since the beginning of 2021, vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 has been carried out. In the meantime, the vaccination campaign has gained more and more momentum. Since May 2021, the numbers have now been declining throughout Germany - not least because of strict hygiene measures and restrictions on public life. Perseverance is now the order of the day. Help keep the pandemic under control by adhering to the hygiene measures in place.

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. 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 13/09/2021.

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. >>

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). >>

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. >>


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. >>


Researchers are working day and night on developing vaccines for the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). On 21 December 2020, the European Commission issued a restricted approval for the vaccine of the companies BioNTech and Pfizer. The recommendation of an approval for the candidate of the company Moderna is expected to be given in early January. >>

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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