Hand hygiene and general hygiene measures are the most important preventive measures to protect yourself from infection. What else you need to know about the coronavirus, what hygiene measures you should follow to protect yourself from COVID-19 and which disinfectants are effective against the coronavirus can be found in our FAQ.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more serious conditions such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is transmissible from person to person. Cases have also been reported in people who have been infected by people who have shown only mild or non-specific symptoms.
The novel coronavirus primarily causes respiratory diseases. It can be assumed that - as with other coronaviruses - transmission occurs primarily via secretions of the respiratory tract. The novel coronaviruses were also found in stool samples of some patients. Whether COVID-19 can also be spread faecal-orally is not conclusive.