Germany proposes to change the strategy of countering COVID-19

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German virologist, director of the Institute for Virology and HIV Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bonn, Hendrik Streck, initiates a debate on the extent and duration of government restrictions to counter the spread of coronavirus

He spoke about this in an interview with Welt am Sonntag, published on Sunday, September 13, 2020. German wave.

“When assessing the situation, one cannot be limited solely to data on the number of infections,” explained Professor Streck.

He noted that in Germany and Europe the number of people who are tested for coronavirus is significantly increasing, and “there is practically no increase in the number of deaths.”

Streck noted that the spread of infections must be blocked. But the statistics on their distribution can be interpreted differently.

“From a developmental point of view, infections that do not show symptoms are not necessarily negative. The more people become infected and do not develop symptoms, the more – at least temporarily – they acquire immunity. And thus they no longer contribute to pandemic events.” , – the professor explained his point of view.

Streck drew attention to the fact that no one – neither politicians, nor virologists, nor epidemiologists – knows the unequivocally correct way to counter the pandemic.

“We can only try and we have to allow ourselves to make mistakes,” said Streck.

Back in April, Streck warned against hopes of an imminent coronavirus vaccine.

“Any predictions that we will have a vaccine are not serious, because we do not know for sure. There are many pathogens and viruses for which we have been looking for vaccines for years, and they still do not exist,” he said on April 24.

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As an example, he cited viruses such as HIV and hepatitis C, as well as the causative agents of malaria and syphilis. It was then that he also convinced that the better it was at to contain the spread of coronavirus within the limits that allow medical institutions to help all patients, the longer herd immunity would be produced in society. Streck assumed it could take years.

Shtrek, who advises the authorities of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, also opposed the harsh quarantine restrictions, but maintaining the requirements for hygiene and social distance. In early May, a group of virologists led by Streck released the results of a study according to which the real number of people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in Germany could be at least 1.8 million, which was more than ten times more than the official figure found on the basis of testing. …

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