Since its first detection in late December, the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the disease COVID-19 have gradually spread from the initial outbreak point in Wuhan, China, to countries around the world. This global spread has triggered fears of a pandemic, and health experts have published basic guidelines to protect people from infection.
How do you recognize an infection? Who is actually at risk? How can I protect myself? DW has gathered the most important background information about the virus, its symptoms and how to recognize the difference between influenza and colds.
In addition, you'll find a selection of articles about research on the virus and the search for a vaccine.