Since the end of 2019, a novel virus that can cause respiratory diseases and pneumonia has been spreading worldwide. The pathogen SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the coronavirus family and is closely related to the SARS virus, which caused a pandemic in 2002. Here we will keep you informed about current developments in research and provide answers to the most important questions.

Researchers at the HZI are highly demanded interview partners on the topic of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and provide assessments of the situation. Here you can find selected articles (further articles are available in German):

Why are antibodies such an interesting research subject for epidemiologists during this pandemic?

Extensive antibody studies could provide important information about the actual extent of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and help in the assessment of further measures, says HZI epidemiologist Gérard Krause in an interview with Deutsche Welle. [read more]

Will coronavirus immunity passports work?

Some countries are considering issuing 'immunity passports' for those who have recovered from the coronavirus. Al Jazeera spoke about the pros and cons of this measure with HZI researcher Gérard Krause, among others. [read more]


The coronaviruses are a family of viruses that includes a series of very different pathogens. These viruses usually infect mammals, rodents, and birds, but only few coronaviruses adapted to humans. They did this with great success: About one third of all typical "common colds" and some cases of diarrhoea as well are caused by these RNA Viruses, which are the largest of their kind. [more]


With your donation to the HZI you directly support innovative coronavirus research projects that contribute to solutions for the containment of the virus and the identification of possible therapies. [more]

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