Like a tank, shoots at rabbits: Karl Lauterbach criticized Corona test strategy

Not only since the breakdown in Bavaria, the current test strategies are in the Corona of a pandemic all the rage. The SPD politician and physician Karl Lauterb

Like a tank, shoots at rabbits: Karl Lauterbach criticized Corona test strategy

Not only since the breakdown in Bavaria, the current test strategies are in the Corona of a pandemic all the rage. The SPD politician and physician Karl Lauterbach, has expressed open criticism of the current approach. Other countries were placed, in his opinion, better, he explained on Thursday evening in the ZDF-Talkshow "Markus Lanz".

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"What are the new Tests are there really?" This is a question of the Moderator Lanz was in the middle of his mission. Karl Lauterbach pointed to a study by the University of Harvard: "can derive mathematically, that you could allow, in General, very much more, if it is with a Test that gives very fast results, and 80 percent sensitive." In other words: "Of those who are ill, I catch 80 percent of the first Test and got the results very quickly". In Germany you don't have those Tests yet.

Lauterbach said: "The Tests are now approved for use in England and in America probably." In this country, that you are not in the test strategies but so far as one could be. He said: "We rely very much in Germany on the classical Test is the PCR Test." This way, the genome of the Virus is extremely carefully, so as good as no Positive overlooked will. As well as well as no Negative will declared incorrectly as positive. However, the process takes a very long time and the result was sometimes only after a few days. In contrast, in England approved "LAMP Test supply" that result in only 70 minutes. Lauterbach emphasized: "It is almost as accurate as the PCR, is much faster and very much cheaper."

speed is more important demanded accuracy

The 57-Year-old: "We need more of these Tests allow, faster." Because if we wanted to get the second shaft in the handle, then speed is more important than accuracy. This would result in scientific studies. Just with this quick test you could to the Corona-measures to further loosen.

Similar to the also saw Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, a virologist of the University of Hamburg: "The crucial point Therefore is: Only if I have very much Virus, I am also infectious and a danger. If the PCR Test small quantities are displayed, which are completely irrelevant. You can prove to three weeks after onset of disease. The but is not infectious." Lanz continued thereafter: "Since what is displayed, I'm kind of in the Corona is positive, but, in truth, no danger to others, because my viral load is so low?" Schmidt-Chanasit, confirmed and further explained that this was in line with a proposal by Christian Drosten, who had said: "We need to set a limit." As soon as the viral load of, is it doesn't matter. A Test that is a bit less accurate, and thus at a lower viral load in the first attacks, to be better, said Lauterbach.

"We're currently in the pandemic,"

"The lack of precision of the cheaper Tests can Lauterbach even be valuable in the use, because I have to allow only those positive tests, which are also contagious," continued. We are currently in the pandemic would run after: The work of the health boards currently, is great, but also inefficient: "If someone is sick today, he is usually on the first or second day of his symptoms, he was but two days before properly highly contagious." Until the results of the precision Tests, more days passed then, so that the Patient, if he get the result, "was almost not contagious". His contacts, who would then have is already more people.

Lauterbach finished its execution with a comparison: "it is as if I herlaufe with a tank behind rabbit and always when I have just the rabbit in the sights, way of the rabbit already." The currently used PCR Test to be "as expensive as the tank shot". We need, rather, a "air rifle, so we pick up the pace."

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Updated Date: 14 August 2020, 03:26

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