World This is what the abbreviations for the corona pandemic mean.

15:05  27 october  2020
15:05  27 october  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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We use numerous abbreviations every day in Corona events, but sometimes we don't really know: what do they actually stand for? Here is an overview of the most important pandemic abbreviations.

AHA formula

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The AHA formula is currently the most effective remedy for contagion and spread. Each letter stands for a measure. A = distance (1.5 meters), H = hygiene (especially: hand washing), A = everyday masks (in closed rooms).


The Federal Ministry of Health - BMG for short - is one of the highest federal authorities in the Federal Republic of Germany with its headquarters in the former federal capital Bonn and Berlin. It was founded in 1961 as the Federal Ministry of Health, and between 1969 and 1991 it was incorporated into the Federal Ministry of Family and Youth. Jens Spahn (40) has been Federal Minister of Health since 2018.

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The abbreviation Covid-19 stands for CO-rona VI-rus D-isease (German: Coronavirus disease). The "19" stands for the year the virus broke out in China: 2019.

Ct value

The Ct abbreviation comes from the English term "cycle threshold". The Ct value indicates the point at which the exponential growth of a curve begins. In connection with Corona, it provides orientation for classifying the amount of virus in patient swabs.


The abbreviation is used in connection with masks and stands for the English "filtering face piece" - filtering face piece. FFP masks protect the wearer from particles, droplets and aerosols. There are models with and without an exhalation valve. Masks without a valve filter inhaled and exhaled air and offer protection for the wearer and the environment. Masks with valves do not offer any third-party protection. There are three levels with different effects, with level 3 offering the highest protection.

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PCR test

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Reproduction number "R"

The reproduction number - R for short - indicates how many people an infected person infects on average. The number is statistically estimated by the RKI. If R is less than 1, the pandemic is on the decline. If it is higher, the number of infected increases.


The German higher federal authority for infectious diseases, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), based in Berlin, reports to the Federal Ministry of Health. In addition to research, public health care is a central field of work. It was named after the German Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Hermann Robert Koch (1843-1910), who discovered the tuberculosis pathogen, among other things.

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The pathogen was identified as a trigger for Covid-19 disease in early 2020. The WHO determined the name Sars-CoV-2, scientifically the virus had initially received the abbreviation 2019-nCoV. The abbreviation Sars stands for "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome", translated: severe acute disease that affects breathing. Since this is the second corona virus pandemic after the 2002/03 pandemic, the current virus name was appended with "2".


The "World Health Organization" (WHO) - in German: World Health Organization, is the United Nations (UN) coordinating authority for international public health and is headquartered in Geneva (Switzerland). The WHO was founded in 1948 and currently has 194 member states. It is financed through public payments and private donations, for example. Since 2017, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus General Director, who declared the current corona virus infections to be a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

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