In China there are currently many cases of disease caused by a new type of Corona virus (2019-nCoV). The metropolis of Wuhan and Hubei province, to which Wuhan belongs, are particularly affected. Like the SARS virus, this new kind of virus belongs to the beta Corona viruses.
At this time, no specific precautions are taken to prevent infection with the new Corona virus.
However, it is always advisable to observe the standard hygiene measures as in the case of influenza, which is also transmitted by droplets:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water, especially after intensive direct contact with coughing persons.
- When coughing, do not cough into the room and do not cough into your hands, but into the bend of your elbow.
The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia has opened a hotline for the Corona virus under the telephone number 0211 - 85 54 774.