Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) – FAQ

Since early December 2019, there has been an increasing number of cases of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) emerged from Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei province. Most of the cases appeared within China. The disease is transmitted from person to person, primarily via respiratory secretions. The following symptoms may occur after an incubation period of up to 14 days: Fever, cough, difficulty in breathing.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) now classifies the risk to the population from the coronavirus as „high“. The background is that the number of detected cases of Sars-CoV-2 is increasing „very strongly“, as RKI President Lothar Wieler announced. It is now necessary to slow down the spread of the virus also known as flattening the curve. 

Here you can find answers to the frequently asked questions regarding  the coronavirus situation in Dresden. Please share with your fellow internationals.

We try to keep this page as updated as possible and apologize in advance if we missed some current updates. This page merely serves an informational purpose, all information without guarantee.

General Information

Where can I find the most recent English information about the situation in Dresden, Germany and world?

Please visit the homepage of the City of Dresden for updates in Dresden.

Please visit the homepage of RKI and this offical website for updates in Germany.

Global numbers, numbers per country, symptoms, statistics and more can be found here.

How can I protect myself and others from getting the new Coronavirus?

– Wash your hands frequently
– Maintain social distancing (at least 1 metre distance)
If possible, avoid going on trips, using public transport and instead work from home.
Generally, all contact with others should be reduced to the bare minimum and the attendance of events with crowds of people should be avoided.
– Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
– Practice respiratory hygiene
This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
– If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
– Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider, Germany’s and Saxony’s public health authority and your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Please visit the homepage of WHO and German Federal Ministry of Health for more information on prevention.

What should I do if I have been to an area with COVID-19 cases?

Please read the poster provided by Robert Koch Institute.

I believe I have been infected with Corona virus. What should I do?

Anyone who develops symptoms of illness such as fever, cough and/or shortness of breath about 14 days after a trip or independently of this and suspects that they have been infected with the corona virus should first contact their doctor by telephone and under no circumstances should they visit the practice. If the family doctor is not available, dial the emergency number 116 117.

What are symptoms and incubation time?

Our world in data gives a broad overview these factors:

The WHO writes “people with COVID-19 generally develop signs and symptoms, including mild respiratory symptoms and fever, on an average of 5-6 days after infection.” While the mean incubation period is 5 to 6 days, the WHO adds that the incubation period can vary in a wide range of between 1 to 14 days.

It is most crucial to know the common symptoms: fever and a dry cough.

Close to 90% of cases had a fever and two-thirds had a dry cough. The third most common symptom was fatigue. Almost 40% of cases suffered from it. ‘Sputum production’ was experienced by every third person. Sputum is not saliva. It is a thick mucus which is coughed up from the lungs.

The majority (81%) of the coronavirus disease cases were mild cases. Mild cases include all patients without pneumonia or cases of mild pneumonia.

What do I need to know when travelling to Germany?

Germany has introduced travel restrictions for entries from outside the Schengen area on March 17, 2020. All corresponding entries from non-EU-citizens and citizens of non-Schengen states by plane or ship will be affected. Entry will be possible for German citizens.

Also EU-citzens and citizens of Great Britain, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and their family members will be allowed to transit through Germany to reach their home countries. The same will apply for foreigners holding a residence permit in one of these countries. Other people may be rejected entry, if they cannot provide proof of urgent reasons for their entry.

In addition, temporary borders controls have been introduced between Germany and France, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg and Denmark from Monday, March 16th, 8:00 a.m. Deliveries of goods and commuters are allowed to cross these borders. Travelers on any non-essential travels may be refused entry.

Please visit the homepage of the Federal Foreign Office to stay updated.

Information for students

When does the new semester start?

Saxon Universities are closed. The beginning of the summer semester is postponed until May 4th. Consequently, the curriculum as well as the enrollment deadlines will also be adjusted. Please visit your University website for more news and information on this.

What about exam deadlines?

TUD students: stay constantly updated on the deadline regarding your final thesis, Homework etc by visiting the Examination Office page. For more related information, please click here.

Can I visit SLUB or campus?

SLUB and campus is closed. It is currently not possible to reserve, return or order a physical media. Online services are available. Please visit here for more information on this.

Do you need emotional support?

Visit this Facebook group – Home alone Dresden and exchange the information with the fellow Dresdners to stay calm and up-to-date.

Restrictions on public access

What is closed and what is not closed?

Everyone is required to reduce physical contact with other people outside the members of their own household to an absolutely necessary
minimum. Wherever possible, a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between two people.

In general, all shops have been closed since 19 March 2020. However, all facilities that are needed for daily life and that ensure a complete supply will remain open.

The following is a list of facilities that are allowed to open – generally or with restrictions. If these facilities make use of the opening option, they must observe the following:

Hygiene requirements
– Access control to avoid large accumulations
– Avoiding the formation of queues


– Pharmacies
– Fuel trading
– drugstores
– Food retail trade (bakers, butchers, supermarkets, discounters, beverage markets)
– Medical supply stores
– Post offices
– Cleanings
– petrol stations
– pet supplies stores,
– Newspaper sales (including lottery with newspaper sales)

The following facilities must therefore remain closed:

– Theatre
– Music theatre
– Cinemas
– Concert halls
– Operas
– Museums
– Exhibition houses
– Offers in district cultural centres and community centres
– Offers of open children and youth work
public libraries
– Planetariums
– zoological exhibitions in closed rooms
– Offers from adult education centres
– Language and integration courses offered by the integration course providers
– Offers from music schools
– Offers in literature houses
– Offers from public and private educational institutions
– Swimming pools
– Saunas and steam baths
– Fitness and sports studios
– Playgrounds
– Senior meeting points
– Student union refectories and cafés
– Meetings in churches, mosques, – synagogues and the meetings of other faith communities
– Sports facilities
– Coach tours
– Prostitution sites
– The operation of dance halls, trade fairs, special and fairgrounds, fairs, casinos and betting shops is prohibited.

– adult education institutions
– Driving schools
– tutoring
– Nail-Studio
– Non-food discounter
– Tobacco shops
– School country homes, youth hostels, children’s recreation centres in private sponsorship
– games libraries
– Tattoo Studios
– dancing school
– Yoga studio
– Zoos and game parks


Is there food or beverage shortage expected in Dresden?

As per official sources, there is NO shortage of food or drinks. Hygiene articles may experience temporary shortages, but will be restocked soon.

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