The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus first appeared in China in 2019 and triggered the global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The articles below provide information about how this respiratory disease is transmitted, how it progresses and where you can find reliable information about it. This interactive 3D animation shows what happens within the body following infection.

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Long COVID – long-term effects of COVID-19

Long COVID refers to health issues that persist or occur weeks or months after an acute COVID-19 infection. Common symptoms include a loss of stamina and fatigue.

COVID-19: overview

COVID-19 is caused by an infection with SARS‑CoV‑2. The disease may be mild or very severe. Observing the public health rules and getting the coronavirus vaccine are important preventive measures.

The Digital COVID Certificate

If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, you can prove this with the EU Digital COVID Certificate. The certificate can be stored on a mobile in the CovPass app or the coronavirus warning app.

Coronavirus – reliable websites and other sources of information

This page provides an overview of websites that offer reliable, in-depth information about the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, COVID-19 disease and the latest medical research.

COVID-19, cold, flu: the symptoms at a glance

Learn about the typical symptoms of the three conditions, what people can do if they experience any of these and how they can protect themselves against infection.