Information to COVID-19 / "new coronavirus"

Since the end of 2019 there has been a surge of infection with a new type of virus. This infection affects the respiratory tract. The symptoms are similar to a cold or a flu. The origin of this disease is probably located in the PR China. This virus can be transmitted from human to human. Scientist currently assume an incubation period of 14 days, this means a person can have contracted the virus and show no symptoms yet this person can infect others.
COVID-19 is not like the flu. It causes far more severe cases and deaths!

Currently there is no cure. It is crucial that the transmission of this virus to be stopped by epidemiological means.

The most important thing you can do, is to wash your hands. Disinfectant should only be used if hand washing is unavailable.
You can find information on how to properly wash you hands here. (World Health Organisation).

Sneeze into your elbow, not your hand. This can greatly reduce the risk of infection. More information at the CDC.

Avoid shaking hands. There many other ways to show respect to another person, for example bowing. This can greatly reduce the risk of infection.

Avoid visits to hospitals and care facilities. The elderly have a much higher risk to suffer from a severe form of COVID-19. Use video chat or the telephone.

Social distancing is the best method to slow the spread. Refrain from visiting persons at risk (persons over 65, chronically ill). These persons have a very high risk to become a severe case.

Please consider, that there are infected without any symptoms that can spread the virus unknowingly to others,

Keep at least 1 meter distance to another person. This can reduce the risk of infection.

Avoid all absolutely essential travel! There is a increased risk of infection at airports, train stations, airplanes, and trains, because in these places large groups of people stay for longer times in close proximity.

Avoid cruises. Here the risk of infection is also high and measures to quarantine people can be very difficult to implement.

Currently the general use of face masks can not be recommended. Surgical masks to not prevent an infection. FFP2 or FFP3 masks (N95 in the US) can reduce the risk of infection, however the proper use of these masks requires training and these masks only provide protection for a limited time.

Unfortunately shady offers promising a cure for the disease have pop up on social media. Do not believe these fasle promises, they are just a scam.

These measures are quite drastic but only by adhering to them we have a chance to reduce the number of deaths and severe cases.
Who is to be considered a patient at risk? (date of information March 25, 2020 - subject to change)

  • persons that suffer from an infection of the respiratory tract (coughing, runny nose, fever, dyspnea, or similar symptoms)


  • persons that came into contact with a patient with a confirmed infection of COVID-19


  • persons that have travelled to the following areas:
  • United States:
  • California
  • Washington
  • New York
  • PR China:
  • province Hubei, city of Wuhan
  • province Zhejiang
  • Italy - whole country
  • Spain:
  • Madrid
  • France:
  • region Grand-est
  • Iran: - whole country
  • South Korea:
  • province Nord-Gyeongsang
  • Egypt: whole country
  • Switzerland:
  • Canton Tessin
  • Canton Waad
  • Canton Geneva

If you are deemed a person at risk, please contact us by phone (02461 / 979 20) first!
Do not come to the practice without an appointment!

For further, reliable information please see:

Robert Koch-Institut - Bundesbehörde für Infektionskrankheiten (in German, the federal authority for infectious diseases)

Kreisgesundheitsamt des Kreises Düren (in German, the Düren county health authority)

Center for Disease Control - US authority for infectious disease
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