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Leopoldina on the Coronavirus Pandemic

Leopoldina on the Coronavirus Pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic presents a very dynamic development affecting all levels of society. The objective is to counter the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the resulting respiratory disease COVID-19 in Germany in the best possible way. It is important to consider that the knowledge base for any political action is constantly changing.

Scientists currently estimate that approximately 60-70% of the population may become infected with the virus. It is not possible to predict the exact time frame in which this will likely happen. It is important to delay the spread as long as possible to avoid overloading the health care system and to ensure that seriously ill people receive adequate care. This time may also be used to gain further knowledge about the course of the disease and to prepare more effectively for dealing with the pandemic.

Recommendations on what you can personally do to slow down the spread of the disease can be found at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The RKI is the Federal Government's central institution in the fields of disease surveillance and disease prevention. It continuously records the status of the coronavirus infection, evaluates all information available, assesses the risk for the population and provides information for citizens and experts: www.rki.de. Current information for citizens is also provided by the Federal Centre for Health Education: www.bzga.de

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