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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.


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.

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