General information from the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration on the corona virus
1. What is the current situation?
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) regularly evaluates the significance of the new type of virus for public health in Germany. The RKI publishes the current risk assessment at https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikobewertung.htm
The Hessian state government has decided the following for Hesse: In order not to jeopardize the successes achieved so far in combating the Corona virus, infection protection measures continue to apply in many areas of life. Each person is required to behave in a manner which does not subject him/herself or others to avoidable infection hazards.
The situation in Hesse's hospitals and intensive care units is also becoming increasingly tense as the number of new infections has been rising steadily for weeks. In order not to overburden the health system, the rules which have applied so far will largely be continued. Only minor adjustments can be made.
2. Where can I get more general information about the corona virus in Hesse?
Current information can be found on the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration website at the following link: Öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster and for example on the RKI (Robert Koch Institute) website, the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) website or the WHO (World Health Organisation) website.
The Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration and the State of Hesse have set up free information hotlines for Hessian citizens.
Enquiries about health and health quarantine are answered on Mondays from 8am to 6pm and Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 3pm. If you have any further questions or need information about the Corona virus, you can reach us between 08:00 and 17:00 Monday to Thursday, and between 08:00 and 15:00 on Fridays.
For technical reasons the 0800- 5554666 hotline cannot be called from abroad. Returning travellers can call the State Chancellery Public Telephone Service on 0611- 32111000 to obtain special assistance.
If you have any questions you can also contact your local health authority. You can find the contact details here: Öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster.
3. What precautionary measures can I take myself to ensure I stay healthy?
People are urged to comply with the following hygiene rules as protective measures - against influenza as well:
- wash hands frequently and thoroughly
- only cough and sneeze into a tissue or the crook of your arm
- use disposable tissues and dispose of them in a bin after each use
- no shaking hands, no hugs / kiss on the cheek
- do not touch your nose, mouth and eyes with your hands (especially after holding on to handrails on buses or using door handles touched by many people, and also at home)
- clean/disinfect smartphones, mobile phones, tablets etc. regularly
- only ever use your own glasses and cutlery
- consistently avoid crowds of people.
4. What can I do if I notice symptoms?
if you experience symptoms of illness such as coughing, fever or shortness of breath, you should:
- contact their family doctor by telephone, or
- call 116 -117 (medical on-call service telephone number).
These will then clarify to you whether infection with the new type of corona virus is likely and initiate further diagnosis and treatment if the suspicion is justified.
Please call 112 directly for acute medical emergencies.
For more information please visit https://www.infektionsschutz.de/ (also in other languages).
There is currently a great deal of misinformation circulating in the social media. Please use only the above sources for your information.
The complete legal text of the Ordinance on the Protection of the Population against Infections with the Coronavirus SARS-CoV 2 (Coronavirus Protection Ordinance -CoSchuV-) of 22 June 2021, as amended, and accompanying ordinances can be found at: Öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster