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What do I have to do when I have been in personal contact with a person who is demonstrably infected with COVID-19?


(Stand:  09 February 2021 15:15  o' clock)

When you have been in personal contact with a person whose infection with the coronavirus was proven by a positive test, you are required to contact your responsible Health Authority immediately, whether you experience any symptoms or not, and to isolate yourself voluntarily, as a precaution. This means to stay at home, to avoid all kinds of personal contacts and to adhere to the rules of correct sneezing and coughing. The Health Authority will decide how long you have to stay in quarantine.

When sufficient test capacities are available, first-degree contact persons are eligible for a cost-free test. The responsible Health Authority or the physician who treats the infected person will confirm the contact person’s right to do a test. After you have been ordered to do a test by the Health Authority, the test can be carried out at your general practitioner’s practice – however, you must contact him or her by phone beforehand. In addition, it is possible to make an appointment for the test during the infection consultation hours in the doctors‘ practices by calling 116 117 (either by phone or online via https://eterminservice.de/terminservice) in case your general practitioner does not carry out any tests. It is allowed to interrupt the quarantine for doing a corona test. Please proceed directly to the testing facility and do not use any public transport on your way.

Important note: A negative test result does not automatically exempt you from the obligation to stay in quarantine! Only the public Health Authority is admitted to raise the quarantine.

What should I do in case I think I am suffering from COVID-19?


(Stand:  01 March 2021 16:00  o' clock)

Citizens suffering from symptoms such as fevers, coughs, respiratory problems or the loss of their sense of smell / of taste are asked to call their general practitioner in the first place.

In case you suffer from severe symptoms of a cold or of any other diseases that require an urgent medical treatment, or in case you are unable to go to a doctor’s practice (e.g. due to immobility), you can call the doctor call system (Arztruf): 116117 (appointment service). When you call this number, you can optionally be given an appointment in an infection consultation hour. It is also possible to make such an appointment online: https://eterminservice.de/terminservice.

The general practitioner or the doctor call system will decide whether you should do a test, and they will guide you through the testing procedure. According to the stipulations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), a test is usually carried out outside of facilities in the following cases:

  • Symptoms: when you are experiencing acute symptoms such as shortness of breath or respiratory distress (disease of the respiratory system) and/or when you lose your sense of smell / of taste or
  • Contact: When you have been in contact with a person whose infection with the coronavirus was proven by a laboratory within the last 14 days and you experience typical COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how severe they are (www.rki.de/covid-19-steckbrief)​​​​​​​

The doctor will inform you abut the next steps to take. When a test has been carried out, it is urgently necessary to avoid contacts with other persons and not to leave your home, if possible, until you receive your test result. Furthermore, it is important to adhere to the rules of correct sneezing and coughing and to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.

Persons who do not show any symptoms although they have been in contact with a person demonstrably suffering from COVID-19 are asked to call the responsible Health Authority of their district or the corona hotline of the public Health Authority: +49 (0) 40/428 284 000 (from Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

You can find further information here:  Flussschema des RKI, Sozialbehörde, Aktuelle Hinweise zum CoronavirusInformationen für Patienten zum Corona-Virus (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung)

Is there a cure for the novel coronavirus?


(Stand:  02 November 2020 11:45  o' clock)

Currently lots of false information about the corona pandemic are circulating and spread quickly via WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media. There are also dubious and nonserious recommendations for therapy using alleged remedies for the Covid-19 disease caused by coronavirus. It is for example advised to drink the corrosive chemical bleaching liquid CDS (chlorine dioxide solution), also known as MMS (Miracle Mineral Supplement), in order to kill the virus. Using CDS as a remedy cannot be recommended at all and it can be dangerous to health to swallow this chemical product. A specific therapy to cure the new coronavirus does currently not exist.

Currently the treatment of the infection consists mainly in taking the best measures to help the patient according to the severity of the symptoms (e.g. administration of oxygen, controlling the fluid balance, administration of antibiotics in order to treat bacterial superinfections, if necessary) and in treating the patient’s relevant primary diseases.

For further information, please see the  websites of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

What are the consequences of an officially imposed quarantine at home?


(Stand:  26 February 2021 15:00  o' clock)

The respective responsible Health Authority of your district will impose official quarantine at home on you after you have been in close contact with an infected person showing a positive test result. In the event that you have received a positive COVID-19 test result, your responsible Health Authority will impose an isolation at home. As a first step, the Health Authority can express the order orally and will reconfirm it in writing. In general, persons showing a positive coronavirus test result and close contact persons (suspects of infection) will always be officially isolated during 14 days. There is no possibility to end or raise the quarantine or isolation prematurely e.g. thanks to a negative test result. The Health Authority can require or organize a test after 14 days in order to raise the isolation or quarantine.

Persons who have been placed in quarantine or isolation at home by the Health Authority must keep a quarantine diary in which they document their state of health, occuring symptoms, etc.

What is allowed during an officially imposed quarantine at home?


(Stand:  26 February 2021 15:00  o' clock)

Persons placed in quarantine or isolation by the Health Authority are not allowed to leave their private place of residence (their home, their flat-sharing community, etc.) or their own land property without the explicit consent of the Health Authority. In addition, they are not allowed to have any direct contacts with other people. Please ask your neighbours, friends or family for help, e.g. in terms of necessary grocery shopping. In case you need medication, please contact your general practitioner. 

In the event that you do not have any people in your environment who could help you, please contact the Health Authority which will find a solution together with you.

It is allowed to interrupt the quarantine or isolation for doing a corona test if you have been ordered to do so by the Health Authority. Please proceed directly to the testing facility and do not use any public transport on your way.

During quarantine or isolation, you must be available for unannounced and spontaneous contacts by the Health Authority. Please make sure that the Health Authority can contact you at any time by calling the number you have provided, or by sending you an e-mail.

When does the officially imposed quarantine end?


(Stand:  26 February 2021 15:00  o' clock)

The Health Authority decides whether the quarantine measures can be raised. This decision is based, among other things, on the quarantine diary.

In general, persons showing a positive coronavirus test result and close contact persons (suspects of infection) will always be officially isolated during 14 days. There is no possibility to end or raise the quarantine or isolation prematurely e.g. thanks to a negative test result. The Health Authority can require or organize a test after 14 days in order to raise the isolation or quarantine.

After the quarantine or isolation has been raised completely without any further restrictions, the concerned person is allowed again to leave his or her home. In the first place, the concerned person will be informed about the end of the measures orally. As a next step, the Health Authority will reconfirm the end of the measures in writing.

How will I receive my test result after having done a COVID-19 test?


(Stand:  02 November 2020 12:00  o' clock)

The way that you will receive your test result depends on where you have been tested.

  • When you have been tested by the doctor call system (Arztruf) Hamburg (116117), emergency practices of the KVH or at the test center at Hamburg central station: You can find your test result on the following website: www.laborergebnisse-hamburg.de  by using your „laboratory number“. You will be given this laboratory number by the physician, the doctor call system (Arztruf) or the respective test center or practice carrying out the test. Do not call the doctor call system (Arztruf) Hamburg (116117), the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Hamburg or the test center in order to ask for your result. These information are not available here!
  • If you have been tested in a general practitioner’s practice or in a hospital, you will receive your test result directly from there.

Under which conditions is prostitution allowed?


(Stand:  11 June 2021 00:00  o' clock)

Prostitution is only admitted in registered prostitution facilities or in the context of prostitution agencies. The prostitutes protection law prevails.

It remains prohibited to do prostitution in all kinds of vehicles and in the context of prostitution events.

Strict rules apply. They include:

  • to establish a protection concept,
  • to wear a medical mask at all times (this applies for all persons present),
  • clients must make an appointment beforehand,
  • to document the clients‘ contact information,
  • to air / ventilate sufficiently,
  • to present a negative corona test result (not older than 24 hours),
  • the prohibition of alcohol consumption.

It is only permitted to use the connected saunas, steam baths or similar facilities either individually as a single person or in groups of persons for whom the distance rule does not apply.

Companies must present a testing concept. It is mandatory to do a test every day that services are provided.

You can find all information for prostitutes, the operation of prostitution facilities and the operation of contact agencies for prostitutes and clients here: https://www.hamburg.de/prostitution/

Is it true that children do not transmit the coronavirus?


It is known that especially younger children are less frequently affected by an infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 than adults, and that they usually do not show any symptoms or only mild courses when suffering from COVID-19.

However, the risk of a transmission of the disease by infected children has only been examined rarely, so that it can currently not be evaluated finally. According to some studies, the infection rate and viral load of children was comparable to the adults‘.

For further information, please see: Risk groups for severe coursesEpidemiological information about SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19​​​​​​​

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