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Information regarding COVID-19 in Germany

Reliable answers and concrete information on how to protect yourself and help others.

Information on the subject of vaccination and testing for members of the public is available in English, Turkish, Russian and Arabic at the country-wide and free-to-call telephone number 0800 0000837.

Basic knowledge about coronavirus

What is COVID-19? Here you can find general information on modes of transmission, the origin of the virus as well as sickness symptoms. Inform and protect yourself.

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Coronavirus infection - this is how the coronavirus spreads

Coronavirus infection takes place above all via droplets and aerosols. Smear infection from surfaces is also possible. Read on to learn what modes of coronavirus transmission exist and what factors raise the risk of infection.

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Fever, coughing, feeling unwell: Suspicion of COVID-19

In addition to fever, coughing and a runny nose are often symptoms of COVID-19. However, there are also other symptoms that could indicate that you have the disease. Here you can find out how to recognise COVID-19 and what you should do if you suspect you might have it.

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From suspected infection to isolation

What should I do if I suspect I may be infected with the novel coronavirus? Here you will find information on how to handle symptoms of COVID-19, what to do in a suspected case of novel coronavirus, as well as information on quarantine and isolation.

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COVID-19 – Treatment, medicinal products, long-term effects

Most cases of coronavirus infection result in a progression of mild or moderate severity. There is as yet no specific treatment for severe progressions of the disease, but supportive measures and the first active substances do exist. Find additional information in this article.

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Long COVID – What are the long-term effects of a COVID-19 infection?

The longer the pandemic lasts, the more apparent the harm caused by the coronavirus to people’s health becomes. This article will tell you more about potential long-term effects of COVID-19.

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Current information for travellers

What should you pay attention to when travelling in Germany or abroad? What rules apply to flights? What regulations must be followed by travellers from risk areas? National and international regulations are continually adapted as the pandemic develops. Here you can find up-to-date and important information for travellers.

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When do I have to quarantine or self-isolate?

What should you do if you seriously suspect that you have COVID-19 or if there is a suspected case in your family, flat-share or at work? And what is the difference between quarantine and self-isolating at home? Read on to learn which rules apply in each case.

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Masking up: FFP2 masks to protect others and yourself

When number of cases is high, community masks are often no longer sufficient. At this point, it has become mandatory to wear FFP2 or other face masks that provide medical protection in public spaces. Find out what you need to know about the masks here.

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Fighting the pandemic together!

We can all do our part to contain the coronavirus by keeping a distance, following hygiene rules and, where there is little room, wearing a community mask.

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Fraud in times of the coronavirus pandemic: please remain vigilant

Be it with “fake shops”, as “fake police officers” or as “fake public health officials” – criminals are currently taking advantage of people’s fears during the pandemic. This article explains what tactics are being used by scammers and how best to protect yourself.

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Information about the COVID-19 vaccination

Various information and materials in numerous languages about the vaccination against COVID-19 have been made available here for you to download.

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Vaccines, Immunity and Medicines: Combating COVID-19

Around the world, researchers are working on a COVID-19 vaccine. Read on to learn about the phases of vaccine development and what Germany and the EU are doing to make a vaccine available quickly.

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Information on organising coronavirus vaccinations and arranging appointments in the Federal states

Since late December 2020, vaccines have been available and in the meantime vaccination is being conducted at high speed across the country. We have compiled an overview of who can be vaccinated when and what you need to do in advance.

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Getting vaccinated in a vaccination centre: An overview of the most important information

Coronavirus vaccinations are being carried out in several hundred vaccination centres across Germany. But how is vaccination organised there and how do you get an appointment? Find answers to the most important questions here.

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Vaccination in doctors’ practices: here is what you need to know

Vaccination is well underway in Germany. Across the entire nation, doctors’ practices are significantly contributing toward facilitating this success. This article tells you all you need to know about coronavirus vaccination in doctors’ practices.

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Important documents for your vaccination appointment

Here you can find important documents for download to make sure you are well informed before your vaccination appointment. They include information leaflets on the various vaccines, as well as consent forms and substitute confirmations for the coronavirus vaccine.

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COVID-19 vaccines – a logistical challenge

Not only is COVID-19 vaccine manufacture and authorisation a challenge, the logistics are also complex. Find out what steps a vaccine must pass through before it can be used in a vaccine centre here.

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Vaccines against COVID-19: Comirnaty® by BioNTech/Pfizer

BioNTech/Pfizer’s vaccine was the first to be globally authorised for use against COVID-19. An overview of important facts regarding safety and efficacy of coronavirus vaccination with Comirnaty®.

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Overview of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

All vaccines authorised in Germany are safe and effective. This includes the Moderna® COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the US firm Moderna. Here you can find key facts at a glance.

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COVID-19 vaccines: Overview of the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen® by Johnson & Johnson

The vaccine manufactured by the US firm Johnson & Johnson provides safe and effective protection against severe COVID-19 disease progressions. Find more information on the vaccine here.

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Coronavirus vaccination – Should pregnant women get vaccinated?

Owing to insufficient data, the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) has not issued a general recommendation on the vaccination of pregnant and breast-feeding women against COVID-19 at this point in time. This article contains the latest developments in the research on coronavirus vaccination for pregnant women.

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Coronavirus vaccination from the age of 12: Which children should be getting vaccinated

The European Commission has authorised the first coronavirus vaccine that is also for children and adolescents from the age of 12. How safe is the vaccine? And for what children is it recommended? Answers to important questions.

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Vaccine reactions and side effects after coronavirus vaccination

Fever, fatigue, headaches – just like with any other medicinal product, vaccines too can cause adverse reactions after administration. Yet, vaccine reactions are not uncommon and tend to subside quickly. By contrast, serious side effects, vaccine complications or vaccine injuries are very rare. This article will tell you what to do in the case of suspected side effects.

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The National Test Strategy

Who is being tested for COVID-19 according to the current National Test Strategy? Find out more here.

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Rapid tests - a vital tool for stemming the coronavirus pandemic

Test, test, test: This allows hitherto undetected coronavirus infections to be identified faster and infection chains to be interrupted. Regular testing is a vital tool in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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Self-test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus

By testing regularly, coronavirus infections can be identified faster and more effectively. This enables us to interrupt infection chains and stem the spread of the coronavirus. The new self-tests are also helping. Find out how to obtain these tests and what you should remember.

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Testing more to reduce coronavirus

Inform yourself now and find a suitable coronavirus test faster and more easily. Vaccination, testing and the DHM+A rule: effective together against coronavirus

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Mind Your Mental Health - Adults

Limited contact, restrictions on recreational activities, worrying about falling ill and infecting others and feelings of uncertainty about the future are just a few of the challenges we must contend with during this difficult time. Parents and family members acting as carers are under particular strain. Working from home and having to take precautionary measures when we do go to work have completely altered our professional lives. Many adults are worried about losing their livelihoods, with many having to put their careers fully on pause or significantly slow their plans. Others had just been planning to start their careers, or were still studying and are now left to wonder what the future holds. So it’s no wonder uncertainty and worry are such big parts of our everyday lives. The circumstances we are all currently facing can sometimes bring about feelings of anger or sadness. It’s an understandable response that many people are experiencing.

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Mind Your Mental Health - Parents with children

Working from home, home schooling and no play dates or sports allowed – things are not easy for families at the moment. Everyday life has had to be completely reorganised, and the entire family now spends all its time together at home. It’s no wonder then if families are feeling stressed and tense. This can even lead to arguments from time to time, even though that’s not what anybody wants. In addition to all that, parents are worried about their family’s health, and about their careers. Children are often aware that parents are stressed, which often leads to them feeling anxious and stressed themselves.

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Mind Your Health – Older people

Many older people have been facing extraordinary challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. They are at greatest risk from the virus. Many are currently feeling lonely and isolated – children and grandchildren can no longer visit as they used to. Even normal occasions like inviting a neighbour round to play cards have had to fall by the wayside. Everyday shopping trips and doctor’s visits may now come with feelings of uncertainty. In addition, the daily reports on television and the radio may exacerbate feelings of fear.

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Mind Your Mental Health - People with pre-existing mental health conditions

Coping with stressful mental health conditions has become an even greater challenge due to all the changes in our living conditions. Many activities that would normally have a stabilising effect may no longer be possible for one reason or another – our contact with others is limited, our perspectives have changes, and we may be experiencing additional pressure on top of everything. It may be the case that symptoms of yours are reappearing or are heightened, or you may be dealing with something altogether new. Those suffering pre-existing mental health conditions are being called upon to muster an incredible amount of patience and strength, and are using what resources and coping mechanisms remain with courage and confidence. It is completely understandable that this is not always easy.

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Mind Your Mental Health - Medical and care staff

Staff working in hospitals, inpatient and outpatient treatment centres, but also doctor’s surgeries as well are under a great deal of strain just now. Every day, they provide care and treatment to people who depend on their help under extremely challenging conditions. Their workload and responsibilities are enormous burdens to bear, and can be draining. Not to mention the constant worry of becoming infected and passing the infection on to someone in need of care. The question of whether the protective measures taken are sufficient, or whether the virus has already begun to spread within the institution can also be very unsettling in terms of routine work life, and can even lead staff to feel a sense of helplessness. During a time of constant worry and concern for others, it’s important that you also look after yourself.

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Downloads

The vaccination booklet for everyone
Coronavirus – Informationen and practical advice
How to protect ourselves against the coronavirus
Reserve Documentation On Vaccination
COVID-19 vaccination appointment
Guide to covid-19 vaccination for doctors
Coronavirus vaccination in vaccination centres

What do you currently need to know about corona

Tips on conduct, labour law and travel regulations at a glance.

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