Christian Drosten assesses the current pandemic situation positively in the new edition of the NDR podcast “Coronavirus Update”. When it comes to rapid tests, he appeals to politicians.
- Christian Drosten has in NDR-Podcast „Coronavirus Update“ evaluates the current situation.
- The development be positive that Decrease in new infections but is not yet sufficient.
- The virologist also calls for a rapid introduction of rapid tests.
Virologe Christian Drosten has in the new edition of NDR-Podcasts „Coronavirus Update“ about the current Pandemic situation spoken in Germany – and the developments in new infections rated positively. “That looks good,” said Drosten to the question of Ed-Moderator Korinna Hennig on whether the measures to contain the Coronavirus Act. “We’re seeing a slight decline, that’s nice.”
However, the question is whether the decline will happen quickly enough. At the moment, the numbers have not fallen enough to relieve the hospitals. Before the upcoming Corona summit by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Prime Minister of the federal states, the virologist lets out that stricter measures arguably a better result would result.
Partial lockdown: Drosten compares Germany with Ireland
As an example, he cited Ireland, which is considered a model for the current partial lockdown * in Germany. However, “in the details things are different”, like a lot strict rule for working from home. “It’s different with us and you have to look at more details now.” Public transportation had also been greatly reduced in Ireland, “we have now implemented this differently”.
Drosten also commented on Antigen-Tests mentioned Rapid teststhat are not the genetic makeup of the Virus detect, but the proteins. A symptom-independent mass screening as in Slovakia is unsuitable for the situation in Germany, as antigen tests * are less sensitive than PCR-Tests be. With the currently prevailing infection process there are too many false positive results. There are also not enough tests for around 83 million people, said Drosten.
Corona pandemic: Drosten calls for the rapid introduction of antigen tests
Could selectively Antigen-Tests but it can be very useful, for example in nursing homes, the expert found. If you let relatives test you before visiting – with or without symptoms – and the result is negative, “you can assume that there is simply no virus there,” says Drosten. The Charité virologist emphasizes, however, that a negative test does not necessarily result in a negative result the next day. You have to get tested again to be on the safe side.
Yet antigen testing belongs to the future in the fight against the Corona * pandemic. “I believe that Antigen-Tests are a very important new tool. “You now have to” move forward as quickly as possible so that you can get them into use, on the street “before the winter wave is over. “You have to use them now,” warns Drosten.
Drosten: All corona vaccines “surprisingly efficient”
The Virologist warned against false information regarding the accuracy and performance of the tests *. The enclosed information was based solely on information provided by the manufacturer. Tests are considered medical devices and not drugs. Therefore they are not subject to any government inspection. According to the Federal Institute for Pharmaceuticals and Medical Products 200 antigen tests are currently approved across Europe.
Drosten described the latest success reports in vaccine research as “very good news”. All vaccines are “surprisingly efficient,” said the virologist. Most recently, the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, which works with Oxford University, announced that they had developed it vaccine offers an average of 70 percent protection.
mRNA vaccine: Drosten takes people’s worries away
However, one has to wait for more data. The advantage is that the AstraZeneca vaccine * is cheap compared to other substances, can be kept for months at refrigerator temperature and many doses can be made. “I’ve read, this year in the range of 100 million and next year then three billion cans that can be delivered. That is of course a huge amount, “enthused Drosten.
Concerns of people that mRNA vaccines – such as those from Biontech * or Moderna – could change the genome of the vaccinated are not appropriate. “The mRNA is not integrated into the cell’s own DNA, but is only used to produce the protein, and this protein production runs out at some point, so mRNA is broken down,” explained Drosten. (mt) * Merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.