Drosten: avoid social situations in case of symptoms

Drosten: avoid social situations in case of symptoms

To avoid further corona traps, experts believe that people with mild cold symptoms should stay at home even if the family doctor sees no reason to test them. For this the virologist christian drosten called in the podcast "coronavirus-update" at NDR-info.

"You should not go to work sick or sickly, even if the family doctor said, let’s not test this now."In principle, in the current phase of the pandemic, people with a scratchy throat or runny nose should avoid social situations.

Background also includes recently changed recommendations by the robert koch institute (RKI), which, in view of limited laboratory capacity, aim to use tests primarily for people with clear symptoms such as lung inflammation or loss of smell and taste. People who cannot be tested despite symptoms should, according to RKI recommendations, isolate themselves at home for five days and only end this after a further 48 hours without symptoms. Drosten said it would be important if everyone with mild symptoms could get a quick test result as soon as possible, for example from their family doctor. So far, such tests have only been allowed to be used by professionals. They are considered less sensitive than PCR tests.

Rapid tests are "a very important new tool" in the fight against the pandemic, drosten said. It must now go forward with united forces on the subject, so that the tests are applied before the rough winter wave is over. "You have to use them now."The suggestion he and other experts made was to use rapid tests primarily for patients with symptoms, the virologist said. It is best to use them in the first five days after the onset of symptoms.

For population-wide testing in germany, the expert considers rapid tests unsuitable for several reasons: among other things, too many false positive results are currently to be expected – which means that relatively many people have to be unjustly isolated. The charite scientist says that targeted use in hotspots is more likely to pay off. He and his team had tested the reliability of rapid tests from several manufacturers, and other laboratories were also working on them. Slovakia recently became the first country to conduct corona mass tests throughout the country.

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