US News Virologist Drosten: Corona situation could worsen in this country too

18:15  18 september  2020
18:15  18 september  2020 Source:   fitforfun.de

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The number of new infections with the coronavirus remained below the 2,000 mark one day after reaching the highest level since April.

The health authorities in Germany reported 1,916 new corona infections within one day, as the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced in the morning.

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The peak of new infections reported daily was at more than 6,000 at the end of March / beginning of April. The number then tended to decrease and increase again in July.

In August the number of cases was just over 2,000 (2,034). The number of new infections detected is also likely to depend on how many people are tested.

This is how virologist Christian Drosten currently estimates the situation

With a view to the aggravated corona situation in some other European countries, virologist Christian Drosten has warned of a similar development in this country.

In view of the new infections currently reported in Germany, you have to be clear that "if we superimpose the curves, we are a little behind Spain and France and England," said the head of Charité Virology of the German Press Agency in Berlin.

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He emphasized "that we shouldn't pretend that things are developing very differently for us. We don't do a lot of things very differently either".

More one-person households in Germany

"There are a few details that may be different here than in southern Europe. Our households are often smaller, we have more one-person households," said Drosten.

There are fewer multi-generation families in which the virus is spread very easily beyond the age limits. "Those are certainly differences. But otherwise Germany is not much different from these European neighbors. That is why we have to be very careful and watch very closely how things are going now."

test frequency here is no longer feasible for a long time

The test frequency is extremely high in Germany - but only since the decision to test

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The basic test activity that you previously had in Germany and will soon have again is not much higher than in other neighboring European countries.

The core of infection monitoring is only slightly more pronounced in us than in other countries. "That's why we have to take the numbers seriously."

As Drosten explained, the number of cases in Germany over the summer was largely due to returnees from vacation who would not necessarily have passed the virus on to a large extent in this country.

These infected people would rather give indications of the corona situation in the country of origin. "What we are seeing right now is a reflection of what is going on in Germany in the form of virus cases."

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported to

on Thursday of around 2,200 new corona infections nationwide. The corona numbers at a glance

Since the beginning of the corona crisis, at least 267,773 people in Germany have been proven to have been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus (data as of September 18, 12.00 a.m.).

According to the RKI, the number of deaths in connection with a corona infection is 9,378. Seven more deaths have been reported since the previous day.

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By Friday morning, around 238,700 people had survived the infection according to RKI estimates.

R-value at 1

The number of reproductions, or R-value for short, was 1.07 (previous day: 1.00) according to RKI estimates in Germany according to the management report on Thursday.

The RKI had not published any more recent data by early Friday morning. This means that an infected person infects another person on average. The R-value depicts the infection rate about one and a half weeks beforehand.

In addition, the RKI gives a so-called seven-day R in its current situation report. The value relates to a longer period and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations. According to RKI estimates, this value was 1.15 (previous day: 1.06). It shows the infection process from eight to 16 days ago.


Robert Koch Institute: Daily situation report of the RKI on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), accessed on September 18, 2020: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/ Situation reports / Sept_2020 / 2020-09-15-de.pdf? __ blob = publicationFile

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