Drosten warns study: Many are Infected infect others before they feel ill themselves

Germany is braced against the spread of the Coronavirus and going down the social life to a Minimum. The results of a study from Hong Kong shows that these measures are just right to the pandemic, to counter.

Since Saturday, the end output restrictions that apply in Bavaria, far-reaching, nationwide, a more stringent restriction of social contact activity since Sunday. Whether these measures lead to the desired result, it was disagreement prevails in the population.

However, a study from Hong Kong confirmed that the restrictions of everyday life the right way, as well as a virologist Christian Drosten of the Charité hospital in Berlin in the NDR Podcast "The Coronavirus-Update" explained.

"The summit of the Virus must be prior to the first day liegen"

This study examined the point in time when Corona-patient infectious, so when the Virus is transferable. "Before the symptoms with them or after them – this is wichtig", says Drosten. To patients in Munich had been found in a German study, that the concentration of the Virus in the throat if it is established that the disease decreases significantly. "The heißt", says Drosten: "The summit of the Virus must be prior to the first day liegen".  

The virologist recalls: "The old SARS-Coronavirus, we were able to contain it, because it’s infectious, it was only long after symptom onset to correct the average patient." This is not the case of the current pandemic, the case. Quite to the contrary.

Transmission of Coronavirus begins prior to the outbreak of the disease

The study from Hong Kong underlines the Munich-based findings and research. In 77 couples, the had is proven to each other, and it was investigated when Person A, the symptoms began and when at Person B.

The result: The so-called serial interval is 5.2 to 5.8 days. Interesting: The average incubation period for COVID-19 is also 5.2 days.

"This tells us that the average Patient waits just as long for symptoms after infection, as he transferred the infection kann", declares Drosten. "This does not mean that we have only on the day of symptom onset a start of Transmission, but in front of it."

44 percent have been infected prior to its own outbreak of the disease other

The physician clarifies the results: "The infectivity starts in the middle of 2.5 days before the onset of symptoms." And: "44 percent of all infection events have occurred before the Infected person was at all sick." imago images/Christian Mang The Pariser Platz before the Brandenburg gate is almost empty of people.

You mean: Many Corona-Infected infect others, if you know nothing of their own infection.

Thus, The social distancing, the output is: and contact restriction is absolutely the right way to curb the pandemic.

Because before Sufferers notice their symptoms at all, have you infected in a everyday life of several people.

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