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Politicians are calling for a change of strategy

The corona pandemic continues to determine everyday life in Germany and the world. SPD expert Karl Lauterbach calls for a change of strategy in the fight against the virus.

Berlin – Since the beginning of Corona pandemic counts Karl Lauterbach to the loudest voices in German health policy. Of the SPD member of the Bundestag always warns of caution, he sees it Federal government around Health Minister Jens Spahn and much more the local ones Health offices in the fight against the virus.

For Lauterbach it is clear: the much quoted second wave of Corona virus* started long ago. “To get them under control, we urgently need one Change of strategy in the Fighting pandemics“Said the Social Democrat to the mirror.

Another Corona lockdown is for Lauterbach if the situation worsens no option. “We cannot afford a new hard lockdown. That would be terrible, ”said the health expert of the SPD. “We have to assume that the discipline among the population to keep their distance or to wear masks will be less than in the first wave.”

Lauterbach refuses to continue to follow up all contacts of a newly infected person by the local authorities in order to break the chain of infection. “This approach is completely inefficient.” Rather, “the offices should focus solely on the so-called Super spreader concentrate, that is few highly infectious peoplewho often infect dozens at group meetings. “

According to the SPD politician, these are “the driving factor of the pandemic.” Mass events at times of corona like the scandalous excess of parties in a Berlin park, Lauterbach can only be “avoided by prohibitions and severe punishments”.

In the meantime, the prevailing knowledge in science is “that individual transmitters are of little importance for exponential growth.” Sticking to the previous one Corona virus strategy could have fatal consequences in Lauterbach’s eyes: “A violent second wave.”

“We are panting unsuccessfully after the pandemic. The patient is isolated at a time when he is hardly contagious. He passed the infection on long ago, ”says Lauterbach. One should be better at Corona approach Orient Japan, which was the most successful in the fight against superspreaders. And with relatively liberal approaches.

“The Japanese did not have a strict lockdown on the first wave, but were just as successful as we were,” Lauterbach argues for a similar approach. This Corona strategy would also prefer virologist Christian Drosten.

In practice, this would only be hard for a small group of people Coronavirus measures mean. It has to Corona tests “Systematic questions are asked as to whether someone has been to a potential superspreader event in the past few days,” says Lauterbach, describing the corresponding procedure for this strategy.

Such one Corona virus superspreader event can be a concert or a wedding party, as can a job as a teacher in a school. If the test result is positive, “all other participants in the event must go in immediately Corona quarantine be sent immediately before they have been tested, ”explains Lauterbach. A corona case in a school meant “all students and their families were quarantined for a week,” explains the 57-year-old health expert.

(4) Regular classes in full classes are an incalculable risk if there are many cases in families. Children then transmit the infection from one family to the next without symptoms. Therefore, routine tests on teachers seem to make sense.

With the “Japanese strategy” one would not have to keep track of the contacts of infected people who have not previously attended a mass event. In this way, health authorities could free up capacities and work more effectively.

The controversial author Thilo Sarrazin was excluded from the SPD. He does not want to let that sit on him and has announced further reactions. An epidemiologist classifies which factors currently speak for a second wave – and which do not. (kh) * merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network

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