Coronavirus: Information in your language

How can I protect myself against the virus? What are the symptoms? The most important information about the coronavirus.

Landesflagge von Großbritannien, daneben eine Computervisualisierung des Coronavirus.
Bild: Reuters/NEXU Science Communication | Radio Bremen

New information concerning the coronavirus in Bremen and Bremerhaven is available every day - yet almost all reports are in German. As an additional service, we have provided additional information and translated the most important parts into the languages that are most commonly spoken in Bremen in addition to German.

1. What are the symptoms of infection?

2. I am worried that I have been infected with the coronavirus - what should I do?

3. Where can I find Corona emergency units?

4. What should you do if you get a cold or signs of a cold?

5. How is Coronavirus spread?

6. Is it possible to be vaccinated against the coronavirus?

7. Nurseries, kindergartens and schools are closed. As an employee, can I stay at home to look after my children?

8. In which professions does emergency care for nurseries, kindergartens or schools apply?

9. Can I leave my children with their grandparents?

10. Are children and teenagers allowed to meet friends or do sports?

11. If an event is cancelled, will I get my money back?

A graphic which describes the speed of infected people, and how the speed can be reduced. NOW A F TER 5 D A Y S 2,5 people 406 people 15 people 2,5 people 1,25 people 1 person 1 person 1 person 0,625 people A F TER 30 D A Y S INFE C T S INFE C T INFE C T INFE C T INFE C T S INFE C T S 50% LESS EXPOSURE NOR M AL EXPOSURE 75% LESS EXPOSURE
Quelle: University of San Diego, Signer Laboratory

1 What are the symptoms of infection?

In previous infections, the disease "Covid-19", triggered by the coronavirus, usually causes various respiratory problems and flu-like symptoms. Those affected have experienced fever and breathing difficulties.

The Robert Koch Institute explicitly lists coughing, a cold, sore throat and fever as symptoms. Some of those affected also suffer from diarrhoea. Experts estimate that around 80 percent of coronavirus infections are mild, similar to a cold.

2 I am worried that I have been infected with the coronavirus - what should I do?

Anyone suffering from fever, cough or with breathing difficulties and who has had contact with sick people should do as follows:

First, those affected should contact their family doctor by telephone. Under no circumstances should they go directly to the practice or the Corona emergency unit. If the family doctor's practice is closed, those affected can contact the medical on-call service of the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung by calling 116 117. The doctor will decide whether a test or home isolation is necessary.

3 Where can I find Corona emergency units?

Corona emergency units are the central drop-in centres for people with a doctor's referral.

In Bremen:

Exhibition Center:

Findorffstraße 101

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm

In Bremerhaven:

Dr.-Franz-Mertens-Straße 4

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4 What should you do if you get a cold or signs of a cold?

Cold and flu viruses are currently going around. Not every sore throat or cough is a sign of coronavirus. However, it is advisable to contact your family doctor by telephone and discuss with him or her what to do next.

5 How is Coronavirus spread?

The coronavirus is usually spread by droplets in the air or as a smear infection. Hand contact, coughing, sneezing, and other secretions can spread the virus. There is evidence that transmission has taken place from person to person. Some of the carriers did not show any symptoms. According to experts, you are unlikely to become infected from surfaces that have not been in the immediate vicinity of a person with symptoms, such as imported goods, mail or luggage.

6 Is it possible to be vaccinated against the coronavirus?

No. No vaccine is available yet for coronavirus Sars-CoV-2. This is also because it has nothing to do with common influenza viruses. It belongs instead to the corona virus family and probably originated in animals before it was first transmitted to humans. However, research is being undertaken to develop an appropriate vaccine. It could take several months before the first vaccine is developed. However, according to experts, it is likely to be one to two years before it is available worldwide.

7 Nurseries, kindergartens and schools are closed. As an employee, can I stay at home to look after my children?

In most cases, employees must arrange childcare for their children themselves, so simply staying at home is not an option. "In any case, parents should talk to their employer and work out solutions," says Kaarina Hauer, legal expert of the Chamber of Labour (Arbeitnehmerkammer). It may be possible to work from home or even bring the child to work with them. In some cases, legislation may permit payment of salary if an employee is absent from work for a short period of time through no fault of his or her own. In such cases, however, there must be no other possibility of care. In addition, it is important to check that this situation is not excluded in the employment or tariff agreement, meaning it would not apply.

8 In which professions does emergency care for nurseries, kindergartens or schools apply?

The Bremen Senate has agreed to increase emergency care during the corona crisis. Children of employees who work in the fields listed below and who have no other childcare options can seek childcare assistance. This also applies to single parents who work in the following areas:

- Healthcare including emergency services and all employees who are needed to maintain the functioning of the healthcare system, such as cleaning and administrative staff and other personnel in medical and dental practices, laboratories, procurement, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and medical product manufacturers

- Firefighters

- Law enforcement services of the police, disaster protection

- Staff who provide emergency care in nurseries, kindergartens and schools

- Supply and disposal utilities (electricity, water, energy, waste)

- Judiciary services (courts, public prosecutor's office, penal system)

- Stationary care facilities (e.g. parenting support)

- Outpatient care services and residential care facilities

- Information technology and telecommunications, especially equipment for removing signal interference and maintaining networks

- Nutrition

- Hygiene (production, wholesale and retail) including supply and logistics

- Transport and traffic

- Financial services - including cash provision, social transfer

- Public authorities at a federal, state, municipal level and social insurance institutions

- The media

9 Can I leave my children with their grandparents?

No. The risk of death from a corona infection increases with age. Therefore, at present, elderly people in particular should protect themselves. Germany's top corona expert Christian Drosten, virologist at the Charité hospital in Berlin, urges people over 65 to virtually stop their social life for a few months and reduce contact with the outside world as much as possible.

This means no club meetings, no visits from their children and most importantly, no looking after grandchildren. Retirement and nursing homes in Bremen are also in the process of reducing the amount of external contact with their residents.

10 Are children and teenagers allowed to meet friends or do sports?

In general, social life should be restricted as much as possible. If it is absolutely necessary, meetings should preferably take place in smaller groups and always with children who do not show any symptoms. The fact is that corona infections can be asymptomatic and are not always immediately apparent. In any case, municipal and private sports facilities will remain closed until the end of the Easter holidays.

11 If an event is cancelled, will I get my money back?

If you have already bought tickets for an event, then you have a good chance of getting your money back. According to the consumer advice centre in Bremen, ticket owners are entitled to a refund of the admission fee, as the event organiser is not able to fulfil its contractual obligations. It is therefore imperative to keep hold of the original ticket. In this case, contact persons for claims are either the organiser or the advance booking office where the ticket was purchased.

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