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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COVID-19: overview

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. There are mild but also very severe forms. Observing the public health rules and getting the COVID-19 vaccine are important preventive measures.

COVD-19 vaccination – answers to the most important questions

Several COVID-19 vaccines have been approved in Germany. This article explains how they work and how safe and effective they are.

Long-COVID – long-term effects of COVID-19

Long-COVID refers to health issues that persist or occur months after an acute COVID-19 infection. Common symptoms include tiredness and fatigue.

The Digital COVID Certificate

If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 you can prove it with the EU Digital COVID Certificate. Read here how it works.

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.

SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus: links and information

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

Novel coronavirus: tips for good mental health

Novel coronavirus, anxiety and depression – this article covers the psychological consequences of the pandemic and tips on coping with psychological stress.