Berlin / Virologist Christian Drosten, a leading scientist and advisor to the German Government on COVID-19 issues, warned today that the pandemic has only just begun, while urging “change things” to be able to face the situation in the coming months. The damage can be serious if it is exploited politically.
“The real pandemic is coming now. Also here. At most, we can talk about the lessons of the first wave in Europe ”, in which the differences have been enormous, he said in an interview for the World Health Summit to be held from 25 to 27 October in Berlin in a blended format due to coronavirus.
In any case, what can already be said is that “it is quite important to inform the population well and broadly,” he said, adding that “the damage can be serious, if politicians use the pandemic for their political messages.” .
“That is very complicated, and the virus immediately takes its toll. We see what that is causing in the United States, “he warned.
To control the situation in the coming months, it is necessary to “change things” and it is important to make “pragmatic decisions,” he said.
Germany did not do any better, only reacted earlier
There is no shortage of speeches about “German success” in the pandemic, but this is only due to the fact that Germany reacted about four weeks earlier than other countries.
“We have reacted with exactly the same means. There is nothing in particular that we have done well. We have just done it before. That is why we have been successful, ”he said.
The success is not because the health authorities performed better than the French ones or because the hospitals are better equipped than the Italian ones.
“If we apply this to the fall, then we naturally have to make it clear that we still don’t do anything better than the others,” he warned.
Drosten gave the example of Argentina, where it is winter and “it is becoming very difficult to control the spread despite the measures.”
“In Germany we should look abroad in a much more differentiated and precise way. We have to stop discussing matters like football stadiums, something completely fallacious, ”he said.
On the other hand, he noted that science currently has great credibility, but warned that this could change at any time.
Only at the end will it be known how science has done it, “because this pandemic is not a scientific phenomenon in the first place, but a natural catastrophe,” he said.
For Detlev Ganten, president and founder of the World Health Summit, the main lesson of the pandemic is that health is the most important thing and the basis for the functioning of a society.
Along the lines of Drosten, he pointed out that transparency, communication and education are essential for the population to understand and comply with the measures and there is no room for conspiracy theories.
Likewise, he stressed that international and multilateral cooperation, “also with countries that in the past have not always been cooperative”, are decisive in the current situation for global health. (September 23, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)
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