Immunity in Covid-19-recovery? Top virologist Drosten persists in his opinion

Top virologist Christian Drosten has been dedicated on Tuesday in his NDR Podcast two important issues: The demand of intensive care beds for Non-Covid-19-patients to release. And the question of immunity after recovery. In this regard, he makes hope.

Most recently, the world health organization (WHO) caused quite a stir, by claiming that there is no evidence of immunity to a Corona disease. This has alarmed many people. Drosten remains in his Theory promoted: “I’m more completely convinced that there is an immunity. The like to two years or a little longer to subside.“

At the Charité, Drosten has, however, also observations that sow doubts. “Now we see in patients, antibodies to subside after two months – in a few individual patients.” This is not so important. “Antibodies are an indication of immunity. It is not so, that the antibodies alone, the immunity and do,“ explains the virologist.

dpa/Roland Weihrauch/dpa The capacity of intensive care beds and ventilators had to be in Germany is not yet exhausted be.

Drosten to the WHO Thesis: the Social stigma to avoid

A positive side effect was also neglected: “the one Who is positive, has survived the disease.” The grant of a protection. And even later, it could no longer infect so easily, and would leave “less Virus”. “Who is the infection behind, is something like immune to it.”

The WHO recommendations was intended to be at a high level. In his opinion, the organization has more about preventing a “social stigma”. If you spend dubious immunity passes, it would lead to private and professionally bound to lead to problems and disadvantages, because companies hire only people with proven immunity or you would not be excluded in the circle of friends, if you have such a card. “The decomposed the society,” says Drosten.

One reason why Germany has the Corona-crisis, with relatively few deaths compared to the high number of Infected survived, is the very well-equipped German healthcare system, with many intensive care beds, which were increased under the direction of the Minister of health, Jens Spahn (CDU) on more than 40,000 units.

Now the infection numbers are in decline in Germany. The effect is that Many thousands of Corona and seats are not used, regular surgeries and treatments can not take place, because the capacity for Corona cases are kept free. That’s about to change, and virologist Drosten shows this understanding that hospitals wanted the normal operating approach.

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Drosten: compromise game, but intensive care beds free

The foundations for a return in the direction of regular operation of the virologist currently sees as favorable to: “of Course it is in a way entitled to say that we have done it now, the beds intensive to keep so free and we are with the reproduction rate in the low range.” A reproductive number of 1.0, the scientists for “the hold to cope with intensive care units” – that is, a Corona-Infected person is infectious in the statistical means of another people.

Since it would be the only logical consequence, “that is intensive care beds free so that a normal operation can begin operating.” A residual risk remain, but the “compromise game” was worth a try. Finally, it is possible to return to Not back to the current Status: “We have to be careful that you can also go in the other direction, if the Numbers change, a certain degree of flexibility is there.”

“Hospitals are also economic establishments”

Also, the Charité must earn “at some point, to return the money,” admits Drosten: “We must not forget that hospitals are also businesses.” The doctors themselves are just as uneasy: “Doctors want to operate.”


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