Globally, tens of thousands of people are now infected with the novel corona virus from China. Most cases of illness come from the metropolis of Wuhan. Europe is also affected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most of the cases so far have been reported in Italy. But the corona virus is also spreading rapidly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The infection can be fatal, especially in weakened people. Here you will find all the important answers to questions about the coronavirus in Austria and Vienna .

What is the new coronavirus?

SARS-CoV-2 is the name for the new coronavirus that can trigger the lung disease called Covid-19. The pathogen appeared for the first time in China and belongs to the corona virus genus  .  In themselves these are not a new phenomenon. Coronaviruses have been around in Europe for decades. However, harmless types often lead to only mild colds.

The novel coronavirus, on the other hand, is closely related to the SARS pathogen ( Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Pathogen). This also came from China in 2002. Around 8,000 people worldwide fell ill with the SARS pathogen and around every tenth patient died.

Four corona cases confirmed in Vienna

The corona virus has arrived in the Austrian capital Vienna . The first four illnesses were confirmed there (as of February 29, 07:00 am).

The first confirmed Covid 19 patient in Vienna is a 72-year-old man who had been in hospital for ten days with flu symptoms. The Vienna Hospital Association announced that he was “seriously ill” and was being artificially ventilated.

A couple who were on vacation in northern Italy with their two children also fell ill. The children also showed symptoms of the disease. One of the children has now tested positive. There have been five confirmed cases in Austria since the outbreak of the virus. There are six confirmed cases throughout Austria. “We expect the numbers to continue to rise,” said Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz .

The coronavirus in Vienna: the coronavirus emergency plan

In cooperation with the Medical Association, the City of Vienna has  drawn up a coronavirus emergency plan . One point is the expansion of the medical radio service. From now on, he will come directly to suspected cases around the clock  and carry out swabs for tests. We strongly advise against visiting ordinations and ambulances.

This is to prevent people suspected of being infected from infecting people in a hospital or at the family doctor’s. If you suffer from mild symptoms, you should call the hotline 1450 instead. Those affected are then visited by the physician radio service, which has been significantly increased in terms of staff.

Where can I get up-to-date information on the spread of the virus?

The Austrian Ministry of Health provides information about the current spread of the coronavirus worldwide and about the current situation in Austria and Vienna. You can also find continuously updated information from the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) and the latest official information from the State of Tyrol.

For information on transmission, symptoms and prevention, you can also contact the AGES Infoline on the coronavirus: 0800 555 621 (7 days a week, midnight to midnight)

The coronavirus in Germany and Switzerland

The Swiss government has banned major events with more than 1,000 participants due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus. It is almost impossible that the Geneva Motor Show planned for next week will take place. In a statement by the cabinet, it said that in view of the spread of the corona virus, the Federal Council had classified the situation as special within the meaning of the Epidemics Act.

In Germany , over 70 people are proven to be infected with the virus. Therefore, the crisis team of the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Health decided to extend the precautionary measures at the borders. North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg are most affected by the corona virus.

How can I protect myself from a possible infection?

As with the flu, the same applies to the coronavirus: Wash your hands several times a day with soap and water or use a good disinfectant. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, not your hands. Also, avoid direct contact with sick people.

Further coronavirus prevention options at a glance:

  • Avoid large crowds in endangered areas.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after using public transport.
  • A respirator reduces the risk of infection through droplet infection in high-risk areas.

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