Berlin prepared for coronavirus

Berlin prepared for coronavirus

After the first cases have been confirmed in Europe, Berlin's health senator Dilek Kalayci believes the capital is well prepared to deal with the Wuhan coronavirus.

Wuhan coronavirus

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A coronavirus under a microscope

"With the Institute for Virology and the special isolation ward at the Charité, Berlin has very good facilities," she said. Despite the low risk for Germany, according to the Robert Koch Institut, "unfortunately we must also be prepared for individual cases of entry into Berlin".

Warning posters at Tegel and Schönefeld airports

Meanwhile, posters warning about the coronavirus 2019-nCoV have been put up at the airports Tegel and Schönefeld. "They have been inistalled in the arrivals area, warning of the symptoms and explaining precautionary measures", airport spokesman Daniel Tolksdorf said on Sunday, 26 January 2020. The posters are in German, English and Chinese. "On selected flights from China, we also distribute flyers." Passengers can contact the airport staff at any time if there is any suspicion.

Coronavirus: Signs and symptoms

Berlin Airports are routinely prepared for cases of viruses. "Only last year, we had an exercise in Tegel together with the Charité hospital on what to do in the event of an epidemic", said Tolksdorf. The Senate Health Administration recommends that people entering the country from the Chinese risk area have themselves examined at an emergency room if signs of respiratory disease are detected such as fever, coughing, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, pneumonia and kidney failure.
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