Coronavirus disease 2019

Coronavirus disease 2019, known as COVID-19, is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease was first identified in 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province, and has since spread globally, resulting in a world-wide pandemic.

The virus is mainly spread during close contact and via respiratory droplets produced when people cough or sneeze.  Respiratory droplets may be produced during breathing but the virus is not considered airborne. People may also catch COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface and then their face. It is most contagious when people are symptomatic, although spread may be possible before symptoms appear.

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Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include muscle pain, sputum production, diarrhoea, sore throat, abdominal pain, and loss of smell or taste. While the majority of cases result in mild symptoms, some progress to pneumonia and multi-organ failure.

Where to find reliable information

Only get information from official sources, but remember that this is a new disease, and that advice is likely to change as more facts become available, and as additional regulations come into force.

UK Government

UK Government Coronavirus – What You Need to Know

UK Government Travel Advice

UK National Health Service

NHS Advice for Everyone

NHS Advice for People at High Risk

Symtoms and What to Do


World Health Organization

World Health Organization Coronavirus Information

World Health Organization Office for Europe

World Health Organization Travel Advice

World Health Organization Advice for the Public

Luxembourg Government

Luxembourg Government Coronavirus Dossier

Luxembourg Government Ministry of Health

Luxembourg Embassy in London Travel Advice

UK Government Travel Advice – Luxembourg