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General information

In December 2019, the outbreak of an epidemic of a virus unknown at the time, started in China. This turned out to be a Coronavirus with the name SARS-CoV-2. We know of more Coronaviruses that cause respiratory infections, but this is a different type. This virus causes COVID-19.

Despite a great effort in China, it has appeared that the virus wasnít easy to contain within the countryís borders. The virus spread, and after the first outbreak in Italy on February 27 th the first patient was diagnosed in the Netherlands.

This virus is significantly more dangerous than the regular annual flu!

The difficulty with the virus is that the symptoms vary widely. Common symptoms are one or more of the following:

  • Cold
  • Eye infection
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Fever

A common sore throat can therefore mean that you may have COVID-19. 

In 80% of the cases the symptoms are mild. Around 14% of people who get COVID-19 become severely ill. Death rate is probably between 1-2%, but higher percentages have been estimated (the rate for annual flu is approx. 0.1%).

A severe course of the disease is paired with fever and difficulty breathing.

One canít say how the course of the disease will progress in advance. Young people also have a chance to develop a severe infection, but chances of this are small. The probability for complications is bigger with people from the following risk groups:

  • People older than 70
  • People with a lung disease (for example COPD or asthma with daily medications)
  • People with a chronic heart disease
  • People with a severe kidney disease who need dialysis.
  • People with diabetes
  • People with HIV (not necessarily everyone with HIV, consult your doctor)
  • People who are immunocompromised, for example because of medications or a medical condition


Respiratory droplet transmission caused by coughing or sneezing within a 1.5-2 meter radius. The more sick someone gets, the bigger the risk they can spread the virus. The virus can survive for some time outside of the body and be transmitted by, for example, door handles.

Attention: Students can be part of the risk group as well. Follow the advice given by professionals. Maintain distance and wash your hands regularly.

Take care of each other!!