Wiesbaden / Frankfurt (dpa / lhe) - A new corona study in Hessian daycare centers is to investigate the extent to which children with the so-called British variant B.1.1.7.

have infected.

As the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs and the Frankfurt University Hospital announced on Saturday, the examinations should begin on Monday (May 17th) in certain daycare centers.

Participation is voluntary.

Children and educators are to be tested with the "Lolli" method - they suck on a swab, which is then examined for Sars-Cov-2 using a PCR test.

It is a continuation of the "Safe Kids Studies". Inquiries were made to day-care centers that had already participated in the two previous studies. In the first two studies, only a few corona infections were detected. According to the ministry, 47 daycare centers with 557 children and 334 teachers took part in “Safe-Kids” 2 at the beginning of the year.

The informative value for the so-called British variant was, however, very limited at the time, since its share of corona infections in Germany only increased significantly later.

"For this variant, which is now predominant in Hesse, a higher degree of transferability, also among children, is considered certain," said the Frankfurt virologist Prof. Sandra Ciesek.

"In another round of the study, we therefore want to investigate whether this is also associated with increased asymptomatic virus excretion and thus also with an increased risk of infection in daycare centers."


© dpa-infocom, dpa: 210515-99-607358 / 2