Munich, 14 April 2020.
Leading virologist and Entourage advisor Prof. Dr. Günther Schönrich gives his assessment of the first interim results of a representative study from NRW on how and with what consequences the virus has spread.
In an interview with Deutsche Welle, leading virologist and Entourage advisor Prof. Dr Günther Schönrich gives his assessment of the first interim results of a representative study from North Rhine-Westphalia on how and with what consequences the virus has spread.
In the district of Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia, virologists tested 1,000 inhabitants with throat swabs and blood samples. After evaluating about half of the tests, 15% of the inhabitants were infected with the virus. Of these, 0.34% died. This results in a significantly lower mortality rate than previously expected.
According to Prof. Günther Schönrich, it is difficult to transfer these results to Germany as a whole because the country is still at the beginning of the pandemic. In other parts of Germany, the spread of the virus looks different and will only level out over time. Prof. Schönrich therefore advises to continue to be vigilant and to make sure that the current measures have taken effect before lifting the restrictions.
The all-clear cannot be given yet. Nevertheless, the economic pressure is great and politicians must consider whether smaller shops and car dealerships can be reopened in the foreseeable future, taking hygiene and distance regulations into account. Physical distancing", i.e. keeping a distance from other people, should continue to be observed. To prevent the virus from spreading from person to person, larger events should continue to be avoided.
Short profile Prof. Dr. Günther Schönrich.
Prof. Dr. med. Günther Schönrich studied medicine and philosophy at the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg and received his doctorate in medicine in 1985, specializing in cardiology. He completed his postdoctoral studies at the Institute of Immunology and Genetics of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. Mr. Schönrich has in-depth knowledge in the fields of microbiology, virology, infectious disease epidemiology, and immunology. Since 2006, Mr. Schönrich has been Deputy Director of the Institute of Virology (CCM) at Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
Short Profile Entourage.
Entourage is a management and HR consultancy with a focus on pharmaceuticals, medical technology and health care. With the placement of permanent scientific employees and consultants, the Munich and Basel-based company wins experts for the leading life science companies in the DACH region. With Project Consultants, Entourage realises projects for clients through highly qualified temporary staffing and work contracts. With the Entourage Task Force (ETF), Entourage bundles selected interim managers and management consultants into a high-calibre consulting unit that implements pharmaceutical and medical technology solution scenarios in consulting projects on an interdisciplinary basis.