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Symptom Check List for the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

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

In this symptom check list for the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), we have summarised the symptoms and risk factors which may be connected to an infection with the 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.

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When should I definitely seek medical assistance?

If you experience severe acute symptoms like severe respiratory distress (difficulty breathing), acute chest pain or (temporary) impairment of consciousness, please ask for medical assistance immediately (emergency hotline 112)!

Symptom check list

How to use the symptom check list

Using the integrated check boxes of the check list, you can answer yes or no to the respective question. You have the option to print out the completed check list using your browser and to take it with you for diagnostics by a doctor.

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If you want to print out this check list for a visit to a doctor, please use the following button:

Please pay attention to any new symptoms!

Please re-evaluate your situation if new symptoms occur. If the changed constellation of symptoms could indicate infection with the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), please contact your doctor or the on-call general practitioners if indicated. Even a previous negative test result does not rule out infection/illness at a later time. The Robert Koch-Institut recommends testing for the coronavirus for any kind of newly occurred symptoms affecting the airways.

How does infection with the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) manifest?

The most common signs of the infection are fever, dry or even productive cough, runny nose, sore throat, and/or marked fatigue/tiredness. However, there may also be a scratchy throat, difficulty breathing, headache, aching limbs, and chills - all symptoms that are seen with other colds and also with the real flu (influenza). In addition, a majority of the infected persons reports sudden and temporary loss of the sense of smell or taste – this symptom is rather rare in other infectious diseases. Symptoms in the different virus variants did not differ much. The delta variant showed more severe disease progression, with the omicron variant the symptom severity decreased again in most infected persons. In this latest virus variant, the sense of smell/taste is less frequently disturbed, but post-sweating must be added to the list of symptoms according to initial studies.

Cases have also been described - especially with the Omicron virus variant - in which the infected persons did not show any symptoms at all.

For older people and persons with chronic pre-existing diseases (lung and heart diseases, immunodeficiency, etc.) or cancer, the disease can take a severe course.

What can I do if I suspect that I have been infected with the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)?

If it is possible that you are infected with the coronavirus, please avoid packed waiting rooms. Take advantage of a test offer in your area - in strict compliance with the applicable hygiene measures. Please contact your general practitioner or the on-call practitioners by phone under the number 116117 first or contact the competent health authority. The homepage of your place of residence also provides useful information on what to do. Important: The emergency rooms and hospitals are responsible for treating medical emergencies and severe diseases. Please also comply with the local rules applicable at your place of residence.

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