In the ARD “Tagesthemen”, virologist Christian Drosten spoke about the current corona situation in Germany.
He gave a forecast for the summer of 2022 and warned against early easing.
is confident that the
would lead to
another sharp increase in the number of
corona infections *
The virologist considers
from a scientific point of view
A positive trend can be seen in
The number of new infections decreases compared to the previous weeks,
Nevertheless, experts warn against
There are still too
many corona deaths
in Germany, the RKI reported
In addition, there is great concern about the spread of the
, including the
virus variant B.1.1.7 *
, which has caused an explosion in the number of infections in Great Britain.
Corona travel restrictions in Germany: Drosten considers measures to be scientifically sensible
Recently it was reported that the
in view of the risks of
"This includes much stricter border controls, especially at the borders to high-risk areas, but also the reduction of air traffic to Germany to almost zero," said Interior Minister
(CSU) according to the
From a purely
scientific point of view
, such a procedure
in the ARD “Tagesthemen”.
“If we have a lot of infection activity in the country, then the little bit that comes from outside doesn't matter anymore.
But if we have already come a long way, then we also have
to pay attention to what is coming from outside,
”says the virologist at the Berlin Charité.
The purely scientific answer in this matter is, however, much simpler than the political one.
Corona in Germany: Drosten warns against easing too quickly
At the same time,
- also with regard to the spread of the
Corona mutations *
The virologist was confident on Tuesday evening that the measures taken in Germany would also be effective against the newly discovered, significantly more contagious virus variants.
There is a well-founded hope that "the mutants will not spread as much at first if we
hold out a little longer
Virologist Christian Drosten warns against loosening the corona measures too quickly.
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At some point, enough people would be
The question, however, is: "How long will it take?" The virologist said he was not sure whether this would happen anytime soon.
"If we imagine the time
- we probably
vaccinated enough people by then
The “somewhat naive” idea of
would inevitably lead to a renewed spread of the
"Then we will get into medical problems again," warned the expert.
Corona in Germany: Drosten with forecast for summer 2022 - "This virus is not harmless"
Caren Miosga also
for a forecast for the
summer of 2022
, with a view to a possible birthday party for his 50th birthday.
"In the summer in a year and a half, I think that you can
," said the virologist.
At this point there will already be many vaccinated people in
that it was still important to him to say: “You can
be over.” In
the future, you have to
and see how it works.
“This virus is not harmless.
You cannot simply assume that you have covered the
and then dealt with the problem, ”the virologist's appeal.
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