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Corona summer wave: Virologist Stöhr shoots against Lauterbach reaction - "Why?"

2022-06-20T02:53:45.575Z

Corona summer wave: Virologist Stöhr shoots against Lauterbach reaction - "Why?" Created: 06/20/2022, 04:45 am By: Yasina Hipp Epidemiologist Klaus Stöhr criticizes the Federal Minister of Health on Twitter. © picture alliance/dpa/Sven Hoppe The corona numbers are currently developing rapidly. Federal Health Minister Lauterbach speaks of a summer wave. Virologist Stöhr finds this inappropriate



Corona summer wave: Virologist Stöhr shoots against Lauterbach reaction - "Why?"

Created: 06/20/2022, 04:45 am

By: Yasina Hipp

Epidemiologist Klaus Stöhr criticizes the Federal Minister of Health on Twitter.

© picture alliance/dpa/Sven Hoppe

The corona numbers are currently developing rapidly.

Federal Health Minister Lauterbach speaks of a summer wave.

Virologist Stöhr finds this inappropriate.

Berlin – In view of the currently exploding number of infections, Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach spoke of a “vaporized” summer effect.

Despite rising temperatures, the daily new corona infections are developing differently than in the two previous pandemic summers.

Lauterbach sees the reason in the largely non-existent protective measures and the easy transferability of the current virus variant.

Lauterbach currently sees the country in the middle of a summer wave.

Epidemiologist Stöhr considers Lauterbach's statement to be unnecessary scaremongering.

Stöhr: "Why panic now and call for masks and boosters?"

The 63-year-old scientist published a series of statements on Twitter, showing his lack of understanding of Lauterbach's statement.

Stöhr compares the current situation with the omicron wave in March.

Currently, the number of reported cases would be only a quarter of what was reported at the time, and hospital admissions even a fifth.

At the peak of the omicron wave towards the end of March, the RKI reported new infections of over 250,000 per day (as of March 31).

The number of new infections is currently 92,344 (as of June 15).

Stöhr also says that the healthcare system was not overburdened in March and therefore asks Karl Lauterbach: "Why are you already panicking and calling for masks and boosters?"

In view of his warnings, Karl Lauterbach shouldn't be surprised if "no one listens" to him in the fall, says Stöhr.

Lauterbach and Stöhr: Not the first dispute between the two

Stöhr also criticized Lauterbach's call for a fourth vaccination.

If the incidence of infection is low, it is “contraindicated” to demand increased booster vaccinations.

Stöhr explains this as follows: "Multiple boosters only increase the vaccination protection slightly and in the short term: the side effects remain the same." Instead, according to Stöhr, it would make sense to vaccinate vulnerable groups in autumn so that the protection is fresh in the winter.

Lauterbach has not yet responded to Stöhr's clear criticism.

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The two scientists Lauterbach and Stöhr have clashed before.

At the end of March, Karl Lauterbach caused a stir with a statement in which he described Stöhr as a second division football team.

Source: merkur

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