Drosten: Corona-the quarantine has been reduced from 14 days to just a good week

The necessary quarantine time at the Coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 is clearly shorter than previously thought, according to an Interview given by the Berlin virologist Christian Drosten of the news magazine “mirror”. Contacts of infected people would have to Drosten, therefore, “not more 14 days, but only a good week” in quarantine. The virologist will appoint for two reasons: the incubation time and the time in which people contagious be is “significantly shorter than initially thought”.


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In Germany, the competent health associates office, the duration of the quarantine measures. Quarantine people, one of which is to assume that you have taken the pathogens are in principle – for example, because they were Ill personal contact. The competent authority shall lift the measure in accordance with again – it doesn’t end automatically.

Drosten argues in the Interview that during an outbreak all contact persons are, without a Test in quarantine: “If an outbreak is noted, one does not need to start over in the first place, to test all possible contact persons. Thus, it is always late, inevitably,” says Drosten. “Instead, all the contact persons in quarantine, just come.” In order to recognize the Cluster as early as possible, whether testing is important, says the virologist on Twitter. “This Test is Test, Test’ is really needed.”

Super spreader firing Coronavirus spread

There are also the spread of the Coronavirus, therefore, it is new knowledge: The Virus spreads, therefore, in the first place by the super spreader – a few people who infect many others. “And such an infection, it can control events better than a uniform spread under the Radar, as we have assumed in the beginning,” says Drosten. “If you notice, where an outbreak is brewing, you have to hit it.” This “slap” had become by the more recent scientific findings easier.


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The incubation period is the amount of time it takes from infection to onset of first symptoms. It is depending on the pathogen fundamentally different. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is the mean incubation period of the Coronavirus in five to six days. However, it is the Median value, which means that peaks are in one or the other direction. In individual cases, the incubation period can be shorter or longer.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has published a brochure with important questions and answers about quarantine measures in the Coronavirus. The Flyer is on this Link.

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