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What you need to know about the coronavirus

April 24, 2020

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 and how can you protect yourself? What's the latest status on infection rates and how is the international community responding? Here's an overview of the latest news and information.

A hospital bed being prepared for a patient
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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.