The virologist Alexander Kekulé recommends a package of continuous measures to combat the corona pandemic for the winter months, "through which an equilibrium of still acceptable new infections is established".

This state of equilibrium, writes the director of the Institute for Medical Microbiology at the University of Halle-Wittenberg in a guest article for WELT AM SONNTAG, “replaces the previous ups and downs of restrictions and is maintained until sufficient vaccinations and (inevitable) natural infections are achieved Herd immunity is achieved.

State interventions are limited to a few areas. "

According to Kekulé, the restrictions should be limited to three areas.

First: inmates of hospitals and old people's homes as well as other people who are at a particularly high risk of corona death need "a virological protective shield".


According to Kekulé, this includes, in particular, regular PCR tests and the provision of FFP2 masks for private use.

In hospitals and homes, visitors have to present a negative PCR test or are examined at the gate with a rapid antigen test.

They wear an FFP2 mask on the way through the house. ”This means that visiting bans can be dispensed with.

Second: The general mask requirement must only apply to “essential areas of life” such as local public transport, shops, authorities, churches, provided that several people are in closed rooms.

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"In special cases, for example in elementary schools, regular tests can be carried out instead."


Third: For gatherings in closed rooms of 20 or more people there is also a mask requirement.

But: “Alternatively, the participants can submit a PCR result that is no more than 48 hours old or do a quick test on the same day.

In addition, the (also private) organizer is obliged to register the participants. "

According to Kekulé, the advantage of this regulation is: “If a participant later falls ill with Covid, he reports this to the organizer, who in turn alerts the other participants.

This private warning system works independently of the health department and is therefore much faster. "

Only major events still require legal assembly requirements.

In his article, Kekulé sums up: The possibility of securing events outside of the essential areas of life with the aid of rapid tests “enables a largely normal social and economic life again.

The rapid antigen tests required for this should be dispensed in pharmacies for a small nominal fee.

In addition, bids with dubious effectiveness (such as wearing a mask outdoors) will be abolished.

The expected number of infections with this strategy is higher than in the lockdowns, but significantly lower than during the relaxation phases. "

"The problem is acceptance by the population"

According to the virologist Alexander Kekulé, an extension of the lockdown will bring little, as many no longer consistently adhered to the measures.

When it comes to vaccination, he is cautious - side effects have not yet been researched enough.

He understands everyone who does not want to be among the first.

Source: Kaja Klapsa, Matthis Kattnig, Max Witte / WELT

This text is from WELT AM SONNTAG.

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