There is a Coronavirus from the flu

In China, millions of cities because of the Coronavirus under quarantine, and also in other countries, there are more and more confirmed cases of Sars-CoV-2. In Germany, two new disease have been confirmed cases: one in Baden-Württemberg and in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The spread of the Coronavirus also coincide closely with the current flu season. In Germany, 80,000 people been proven yet in the real Influenza flu, not to be confused with the harmless common cold viruses, which are not captured and reported.

The Influenza as well as lung disease Covid-19 to be triggered by a virus can distinguish the laity at all, what disease is it when you develop symptoms? The main differences at a Glance.

The Pathogen

The seasonal flu is for decades by four different viruses main groups: the type A with the sub-groups, H1N1 and H3N2, and Influenza B-lines with the subtypes B-Victoria and B-Yagamata. The power of a wave of Flu in a certain extent, predictable. The vaccines may be adjusted, depending on the season – which is a particularly strong circulating viruses.

It is different in the case of Sars-CoV-2. He belongs to the family of corona viruses, and is from the animal Kingdom. He’s probably moved on in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan on the people. There is much evidence that the pathogen in the animal Kingdom for a long time. What is new is that it occurs now also in people and spreads from person to person more.

Because of the novelty of the Virus in humans, it is difficult to accurately predict how the pathogen will continue to spread – and if he can establish, for example, permanently in the population.

Incubation time

The incubation period is the time from infection to onset of first signs of disease. There is evidence that the incubation period of the Coronavirus is up to 14 days. In the case of the flu, the first symptoms show up much faster – usually after one to two days.


Fever, cough, fatigue: The symptoms of infection with the flu, and the Coronavirus is similar. Even experienced physicians may not associate the symptoms without a doubt the one or the other disease. Certainty can only bring the virus detection in the laboratory.

Experts estimate that lost around 80% of Coronavirus infections are mild, similar to a common cold. 13.8 percent of all confirmed cases are difficult. 4.7 percent are classified as critical.

The Coronavirus can cause severe cases an inflammation of the lungs with shortness of breath. Pneumonia is not a unique feature of Sars-CoV-2. Also, flu viruses can cause pneumonia by weakening the immune system and clear the way for other pathogens to pave, bacteria for example. A bacterial pneumonia is considered severe complication of a flu infection.

An indication of which disease may be present, the so-called history – so the history of a disease. Patients who have been recently in a Corona-risk area, or contact to a proof were Diseased, and now symptoms notice, should immediately to avoid the responsible health authority contact and the contact to other people.

As a Coronavirus-risk areas are in place currently, according to the Robert Koch-Institute:

In China: Hubei province (incl. City of Wuhan) and the cities of Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Taizhou in Zhejiang province.

Iran: Province Of Qom

In Italy: in the province of Lodi in the Lombardy Region and the city of Vo in the province of Padua in the Veneto Region.

In the South Korean province of Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang)

The competent health Department through this page using the zip code determine.

Preventive Measures

Against influenza virus, there is a preventive vaccination, which is adjusted each year to the circulating pathogens. Vaccination is the main preventive measure in the fight against the flu. The Standing Committee on vaccination (Stiko) recommends, especially for risk groups such as the Elderly, the chronically Ill and Pregnant women.

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In the current flu season, about 80,000 people in Germany are not yet proven to the flu. 130 people died. Because the infection happened is still in full swing, and mostly down to the spring stops, it can be even now advisable to get a flu shot. The Vaccination is built in about two weeks.

Against the Coronavirus Sars-CoV-2, however, there is still no vaccine. However, working with high pressure on the development of such. Also, the common flu vaccine may not protect against infection with the Coronavirus – the virus are simply too different.

All the more important, simple hygiene measures are therefore, as they are also for protection against cold and flu viruses recommended. These include:

Respiratory masks provide healthy people, however, is not a good protection against infection with the Coronavirus. “A hundred percent protection, there are never,” said the virologist Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit recently in an interview with the star. “Viruses can, for example, also via the mucous membrane of the eyes in the body, for example, if one is coughing of a Diseased directly.”

Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)

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