Most frequent coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in Germany 2020

While research about the coronavirus (COVID-19) is ongoing, a list of certain symptoms has emerged. The fact that some of these coincide with the symptoms of a common cold makes it difficult to determine at first whether an individual has a COVID-19 infection or not. In Germany, the symptom experienced most often in connection with the virus was a cough, followed by fever and a runny nose.

A novel virus

There have also been cases when an infected individual experienced mild COVID-19 symptoms or even none at all. The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease and therefore poses specific risks, besides having the potential to spread with enormous speed among people. More severe symptoms, such as pneumonia, are also possible and lead to hospitalization. There is currently no known cure or vaccine to combat COVID-19. In Germany, the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases has been recorded among the 20-49 age group, followed by those aged 50 to 69 years. Older age groups are believed to be particularly vulnerable to the virus.


Based on surveys conducted during the outbreak, roughly half of the German population considered their health to be at risk because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Death numbers varied by age group and gender, but more men than women have died from the disease.

Most frequent symptoms caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Germany in 2020

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Release date

August 2020



Survey time period


Number of respondents

174,284 respondents

Special properties

Cases including clinical information.

Supplementary notes

These are preliminary figures. Numbers may change in the course of a day. Only case numbers transmitted electronically to the Robert Koch Institut (RKI) from health offices in federal states. Due to the reporting delay between known cases locally and transferring data to the RKI, there may be deviations compared to numbers currently published by federal states.

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