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Germany's first corona patient looks back - and has important advice for everyone

2022-01-25T08:57:55.690Z

Germany's first corona patient looks back - and has important advice for everyone Created: 01/25/2022, 09:49 am By: Catherine Haase The main entrance to the Schwabing Clinic in Munich. © Sven Hoppe/dpa Almost two years ago, the first corona patient in Germany was isolated at the Schwabing Clinic. He provided important insights for the doctors - despite the absence of symptoms. Munich – It is



Germany's first corona patient looks back - and has important advice for everyone

Created: 01/25/2022, 09:49 am

By: Catherine Haase

The main entrance to the Schwabing Clinic in Munich.

© Sven Hoppe/dpa

Almost two years ago, the first corona patient in Germany was isolated at the Schwabing Clinic.

He provided important insights for the doctors - despite the absence of symptoms.

Munich

– It is almost two years to the day since the first case of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus became known in Germany.

The man, who is considered "patient number 1", is an employee of the auto supplier Webasto in Stockdorf in the Starnberg district.

He is said to have become infected at a meeting with an Asian colleague.

For the doctors, who were completely ignorant of the virus at the time, the man is an important source of information.

Corona virus: Patient 1 was in the Schwabing Clinic – he was almost “healthy”

Although the man initially remains symptom-free, he is sent to Munich*

ordered to the Schwabing Clinic and isolated there.

"It was just completely surreal," says the man, who prefers to remain anonymous, in an interview with

BR24.

He had found out about his infection from a phone call and knew that he was the first known infected person in all of Germany.

The ex-patient recalls today that nobody in the clinic panicked.

But although the infectiology department at the Schwabing Clinic is very familiar with dealing with new pathogens, a state of emergency prevailed there, explains Prof. Clemens Wendtner, chief physician in infectiology.

The patient and his colleagues who later also tested positive were all almost "healthy" and symptom-free.

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"Very boring everyday life": First corona patient in Munich isolated for 18 days - chief physician grateful today

Patient 1 describes his hospital stay as "very boring everyday life".

Before the infection became known, he had a slight fever, chills and diarrhea.

He is doing well in the hospital, but remains isolated in a single room for 18 days and is not allowed to receive visitors.

Even today, almost two years later, he is doing well, the man's employer says.

The man explained in an interview a year after his infection that he showed no signs of late effects or long Covid.

Nevertheless, he speaks of "great luck" that it didn't hit him worse;

he therefore strictly adheres to all hygiene rules to this day.

Doing the same is his number one recommendation to everyone.

antibodies that could have protected him from further infection,

Wendtner speaks today of great gratitude to the first patients.

They would have helped to better understand the virus.

Important findings were particularly important with regard to the concentration of the virus and that symptom-free transmission is also possible.

kah *Merkur.de/bayern is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

Source: merkur

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