Not only cough and fever: a virologist finds new Corona-symptoms

Cough and fever are the typical symptoms of infection with Sars-Cov-2. But the more knowledge physicians gain, the more new symptoms appear. Virologist Hendrik Streeck is now pushed to such previously unknown symptoms of a Covid-19 infection.

More than 100 Coronavirus have visited Infected virologist Hendrik Streeck and his staff. He is of the firm Conviction that he the "most of the patients here in Germany seen hat".

Because he and his colleagues from the University hospital Bonn in the district of Heinsberg in Affected homes and have Affected the Covid-19-about their complaints. "We have recognised the symptoms and as a result, new entdeckt", Streeck explains in an Interview with the FAZ. The scientists have taken air samples, swabs from door handles and smart phones, and "even toilet water samples eingesammelt". Critically Ill, the hospital had to, you have not examined.

The Virus Sars-CoV-2 belongs to the family of corona viruses, a virus group, the Cold symptoms to diseases with schwerwiegenderem course, such as Mers or Sars triggers. It can cause the lung disease Covid-19.

Ill showed more days of smell and taste loss

Their research has provided interesting notes: "Almost all of the Infected, we have surveyed, and for a good two-thirds, described a multi-day odor and Geschmacksverlust", Streeck explains. This had gone so far that a mother can perceive the smell of a full diaper of your child have not. "Others could not smell her Shampoo, and food began to taste bland."

When the symptoms would occur within the infection, is still unclear. Streeck suspected that you were rather later in the course of the disease.

"In 30 percent of cases have occurred in our Infected by a case that is more common than previously angenommen", the virologist says.  

Streeck advises to lead a Symptom diary

Other, already well-known symptoms of Covid-19:

  • Fever
  • dry cough
  • Shortness of breath and shortness of breath
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Fatigue/Exhaustion

Occasionally, patients have pain, a runny nose, head or throat, and diarrhea.


Who such symptoms perceives and contact people had, the Covid-19 suffering, you should call a doctor contact, or the number of doctors willing to schafst service 116117 choose.

Streeck also suggests: "Generally speaking, I recommend to those who have had contact with a positively tested Person to go as a precaution, in-home quarantine and a Symptom diary to führen", as the virologist in his book "Coronavirus – Everything you need to know müssen" explained.

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A virologist does not accept that diseases run in two phases

In most cases, Covid-19 extends the previous findings that mild and not noticed by the Infected part, such as the WHO reported. Much less frequently it comes to a severe course.

Partly, it is also referred to as a two-phase course, after which the disease is initially mild and then severe will. The Hendrik Streeck but it is unusual.

"A reason for a two-phase course of the disease could be, for example, was actually deported to the mild course of the disease, not properly cured, so that a bacterial infection could add a journeyman. Or the immune system has been weakened by alcohol, Smoking, or excessive Fatigue, which led to a pronounced disease outbreak hat", the physician reported in his book.

However, the currently only speculation. The virologist assumes that Covid-19-diseases, like other coronaviruses infections also, not a two-phase run.

Sars-CoV-2 is not the only Coronavirus, which so far has arrived in Germany. Permanently settled here, according to the Bonn virologists Hendrik Streeck already four well-known corona viruses, for example, HCoV-HKU1 or HCoV-NL63. “All of the corona virus have in common is that they cause a flu-like infection,” explains Streeck. The Bonn Professor assumes that the novel Coronavirus in the Federal Republic of Germany will be permanently established.

Streeck: every Day 2500 people in Germany, the least of Sars-CoV, die-2

A severe course of the disease, develops after infection with Sars-CoV-2 of the pathogen can produce an inflammation of the lungs. A Sepsis is possible. In the result, it can kidney and multi-organ failure and the disease, therefore, lead to death.

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The number of Corona-the dead will rise in Germany, is Streeck sure "but not to such apocalyptic high Numbers, as they are in circulation." Every day would die in Germany 2500 people, says the virologist against the FAZ, at least there was previously a connection to Sars-CoV-2.

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