Tuesday March 30th 2021
Virologist advocates lockdown
Drosten: “All that’s left is the mallet”
In view of the increasing corona numbers, the Berlin virologist Christian Drosten is calling for more stringent measures. “I think it will not be possible without a new lockdown to delay this dynamic, which has now undoubtedly set in,” said the Charité scientist in the NDR podcast “Coronavirus Update”. Unfortunately, the situation is “very serious and very complicated”.
Germany missed a lot of opportunities to optimize the tools. “I have the feeling that at the moment we still have to use the same tools that we used in the first wave,” said Drosten. All that remains is the mallet, the lockdown. “It is clear that contacts have to be reduced.” These included the private sector, the educational sector and workplaces. “There are many scientific contributions that are now also related to Germany.”
It was wrong to say that you don’t even know where the virus is being transmitted, Drosten said. If there is a high incidence, the population will take countermeasures of its own accord with corresponding damage. “Then there is really damage to the economy as well.” The prediction of the models for the third corona wave has unfortunately been exceeded by nature, warned Drosten. “We got an even earlier start than the models predicted.” This week, the number of records of the British variant B.1.1.7 will reach over 90 percent. “That is of course anything but reassuring.” The variant B.1.1.7 is also clearly more disease-causing and deadly than the original virus.
After all: According to Drosten, the variants discovered in South Africa and Brazil are still in the range of one percent or lower in Germany. “They didn’t multiply at all.” Both can escape the immune system. Their share is so low because there is no population immunity in Germany, the virologist explained. “These variants only come up if we already have immunity in the population. Otherwise they won’t benefit from their mutations.”