Not all persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 show symptoms – many even experience no symptoms at all. A relevant proportion of people become infected with the infectious persons within 1-2 days before the onset of their symptoms. If you suspect a corona infection, you should call your family doctor. On average, the first symptoms of COVID-19 appear 1-14 days after infection.
Typical symptoms are:
– Dry cough
– Smell and taste disorders
These symptoms can also indicate COVID-19:
– Shortness of breath, shortness of breath
– Sore throat
– Headache and pain in the limbs
– stomach ache
– Gastrointestinal symptoms
– skin rash
– Eye conjunctivitis
– Swelling of the lymph nodes
– Disturbed consciousness
When is a corona test recommended?
According to the Robert Koch Institute, a corona test should be carried out if at least one of the following criteria is fulfilled:
– Severe respiratory symptoms (e.g. due to acute bronchitis or pneumonia, respiratory distress or fever).
– Acute hypo- or anosmia, or hypo- or ageusia (disturbance of the sense of smell or taste).
– Unexplained symptoms of disease and contact (KP1) with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
– Acute respiratory symptoms of any severity AND
– Belonging to a risk group
– Occupation in nursing, doctor’s office, hospital
– Increased likelihood of exposure, e.g. in the context of a possible outbreak, at events with > 10 persons in closed and insufficiently ventilated rooms and insufficient application of the AHA+L rules
– Contact in the household or with a cluster of persons with acute ARE of unknown cause AND an elevated COVID-19 7-day incidence (> 35/100,000 population) in the rural/urban area
– during the period of symptomatology, there was a possibility (exposure setting) of onward transmission to many persons
– Continued close contact with many people (as teachers, choir leaders, trainers, sex workers, etc.) or at-risk patients (in family, household, activity)
– Clinical worsening with existing symptoms
– In contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.
If you are entering from a risk area, you must enter a 10-day domestic quarantine upon arrival. After five days at the earliest, people entering the country can be tested for COVID-19. A negative COVID-19 test ends the quarantine. If you are planning a business trip or a trip to visit relatives, make sure that the time of testing and the time of travel are not too far apart. The more time that elapses between the test and the trip, the higher the risk of contracting the coronavirus in the meantime.