First the good news: the virus variant detected in South Africa has so far been kept in check in the Schwaz district. A week ago 142 people with this mutant were actively positive, on Monday there were only 109 – more on that in Tyrolean infection numbers continue to decline.
The mutation does not spread exponentially, said Health Councilor Bernhard Tilg (ÖVP) in a statement. And this was also confirmed by the virologist Dorothee Von Laer, who pointed out the situation in the Schwaz district in early February. Numerous measures were the result, including a partitioning off of Tyrol – more on this in the Federal Government speaks out travel warning for Tyrol.
Dorothee Von Laer will also comment on the special situation in the Schwaz district on the ORF program “Report” today. May 21, ORF 2
Praise from the virologist for all “involved”
The spread of the British virus variant, which is particularly rampant in eastern Austria, could no longer be contained, said Dorothee von Laer in an interview with the ORF television program “Report”.
The many tests that were carried out in the Schwaz district also helped prevent the mutant from spreading any further. So kudos to everyone involved, but unfortunately the mutant is still there. “
Vaccination with mRNA vaccines
Von Laer advises regular vaccination in the Schwaz district in order to build up protection: “You could try to seal off the Schwaz district with a kind of” vaccination belt “by carrying out an intensified vaccination campaign there, with a vaccine that you hope will work could, namely with an mRNA vaccine. I think that should be discussed. But that is a political question. As a virologist, I can express my visions, I don’t know whether this is feasible. ”
The re is hope that studies on this would still be “completely missing”.
Von Laer suggests a study in the Schwaz district
As a virologist, Von Laer would also be interested in whether there is already close to herd immunity in the Schwaz district: “It would be interesting to see how high the level of infection is in the Schwaz district. Perhaps, together with people who have been vaccinated, we will achieve a somewhat higher immunity against the South African variant. ”
The Virology Department at MedUni Innsbruck has already carried out such a study for Ischgl. Herd immunity already exists there – more on this in Ischgl: 42.4 percent have antibodies. Last week, the MedUni then presented another study. One examined again in Ischgl how long the immunity lasts after the CoV disease – more on this in Ischgl: Antibodies only slightly decreased.
Mass tests in the Schwaz district extended
The mass tests, which were originally scheduled to run until February 21, have been extended. It is hoped that more people from the affected areas, for example in the Zillertal, will be voluntarily tested – more on this in Little Willing to Test in the Schwaz District.