Source: Berlin – France Press
Germany will launch a study of more than 100,000 people to see if they have developed immunity against the emerging coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, to allow assessment of the spread of the virus, said the spokesperson for the main institute responsible for its implementation.
Susan Telet of the Helmoltz Center for Research on Infectious Diseases in Braunschweig (North of the country) confirmed the information reported by the weekly magazine “Spiegel”, according to which the study expected to be launched next April will be based on blood samples extracted from more than 100,000 people At regular intervals.
The researchers will analyze whether these samples will secrete Covid-19 antibodies as evidence that the owner has contracted the disease and recovered from it.
Gerard Cruz, who heads the Epidemiology Department at the Helmoltz Center, told Der Spiegel that “something like a vaccine notebook can be given to people who have developed immunity, allowing them to resume their work even with continued restrictions” of movement.
In addition to this institute, the study will be conducted in cooperation with the Robert Koch Institute for Health Monitoring and the Institute of Epidemiology at the Charette Hospital in Berlin.
Through this, scientists seek to determine the extent of the epidemic and the number of deaths resulting from infection.
The results of the study, which is yet to be decided upon when it will start, will facilitate the decision-making process regarding the reopening of schools or the organization of major events, etc.
The same source said that preliminary results may be available at the end of next April.
However, the initial results may not be fully effective because 90% of adults are already immune to less dangerous viruses belonging to the same family.
According to the magazine, “Der Spiegel” researchers hope that “a more accurate test will be available within two or three months.”
Germany, which has recorded more than 42,000 cases with Covid-19, has taken various preventive measures, such as house isolation, in an attempt to stem the spread of the epidemic and close schools and shops, except for supermarkets, restaurants and bars.