Researchers observed the first German Corona-patients – now, they present their findings

At the end of January, the first patients in Germany, patients Covid-19. Nine of them were treated in the Munich, clinic Schwabing, and of a research group “very closely virologically investigated,” says Charité-virologist Christian Drosten. Their findings could save more lives.

Drosten and Clemens Wendtner, chief of infectious diseases and tropical medicine at Munich, clinic Schwabing, the two senior authors of a study, which could be in the fight against the Coronavirus is hardly significant; today it was published in the journal “Nature”.

Because with the help of their findings, criteria could be developed to decide the help, when a Patient with limited bed capacity at the earliest discharged from the hospital can be.

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Many of the results are already widely known – they were made at the beginning of February public. Now, however, there are more Details about the approach of the researchers. It was the first German cases, patients younger to middle age, all showed mostly mild and flu-like symptoms such as cough and fever. They also suffered from smell and taste loss.

Over the entire course of the infection, so up to 28 days after the onset of symptoms, were taken daily swabs from the nose and throat, as well as samples of the cough-ejection. The medical chair, blood collected, and urine samples. All samples were analyzed separately in two laboratories, one in the Charité hospital in Berlin, and once at the Institute for Microbiology of the Bundeswehr in Munich, in Sars-CoV-2


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At the beginning of the symptoms-high viral load in the throat

The researchers observed the following: In the first week after the onset of symptoms, the virus excretion in the throat of the Infected is very high, also in the cough-sputum the experts, large amounts of Virus to demonstrate genome. Thus, it was clear that the Coronavirus is from the old Sars Virus is very different: Due to the genetic Similarity to the original Sars Virus, the research group initially thought that the new Coronavirus, as the old Sars Virus, which only affects the lungs, and thus, not so easily can be transferred.