Advisory Board Member Günther Schönrich. About Relaxation of Corona Rules.
Munich, April 14, 2020.
The leading virologist and entourage advisory board member Prof. Dr. Günther Schönrich gives his assessment of the first interim results of a representative study from NRW on how and with what consequences the virus has spread.
In an interview with Deutsche Welle, the leading virologist and entourage advisory board Prof. Dr. Günther Schönrich gives his assessment of the first interim results of a representative study from North Rhine-Westphalia on how and with what consequences the virus has spread.
In the Heinsberg district of North Rhine-Westphalia, virologists have tested 1,000 inhabitants with throat swabs and blood samples. According to the evaluation of about half of the tests, 15% of the inhabitants have become infected with the virus. Of those, 0.34% had died. This results in a significantly lower mortality rate than previously expected.
According to Prof. Günther Schönrich, the transfer of these results to the whole of Germany is difficult because the country is still at the beginning of the pandemic. In other parts of Germany, the situation is different with the spread of the virus and will only level out over time. Prof. Schönrich therefore advises to remain vigilant and to make sure that the current measures have taken effect before lifting the restrictions.
The all-clear could not yet be given. Nevertheless, he said, the economic pressure is great and politicians must consider whether smaller shops and car dealerships can be reopened in the foreseeable future, taking into account hygiene and distance regulations. “Physical Distancing”, i.e. keeping people at a distance from each other, should continue to be observed. To prevent the virus from spreading further from person to person, larger events must continue to be avoided.
Short Profile Prof. Dr. Günther Schönrich.
Prof. Dr. med. Günther Schönrich studied Medicine and Philosophy at Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg and graduated in 1985 with a PhD in Medicine, majoring in Cardiology. He completed his post-doc at the Institute of Immunology and Genetics, German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg. Mr Schönrich has in-depth expertise in the field of microbiology, virology, infection epidemiology and virus immunology. Since 2006, Mr Schönrich has been Deputy Director of the Institute for Virology (CCM) at the the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
Short Profile Entourage.
Entourage is a management and personnel consultancy focusing on pharmaceuticals, medical technology and health care. The company, which is based in Munich and Basel, recruits experts for the leading life science companies in the DACH region by placing permanent scientific employees and consultants. With Project Consultants, Entourage implements projects for its clients via highly qualified temporary employment agencies and work contracts. With the Entourage Task Force (ETF), Entourage bundles selected interim managers and management consultants into a top-class consulting unit that implements pharmaceutical and medical technology solution scenarios in consulting projects on an interdisciplinary basis.