Klaus Stöhr (63) is of the opinion that contact tracking will no longer make sense in the future.  Health authorities could no longer cope with the flood.

Virologist Klaus Stöhr (63) mentioned in a podcast that contact tracking e

Cologne – Contact tracing Corona-Infections is no longer appropriate from the point of view of a virologist.

Klaus Stöhr (63) is of the opinion that contact tracking will no longer make sense in the future. Health authorities could no longer cope with the flood. © imago/teutopress

“In terms of incidence, the health authorities can no longer cope,” said the scientist Klaus Stöhr (63) in the podcast “The weekly testers” of the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger and the editorial network Germany (RND).

“When a large part of the population is mildly and asymptomatically infected and has antibodies, a so-called contact-tracing quarantine becomes pointless,” said the former head of the World Health Organization (WHO) influenza program.

The WHO Europe had warned, citing an extrapolation, that in two months more than half of the people in Europe could have been infected with omicron.

Corona virus in the north: Incidence is finally falling slightly
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Corona virus in the north: Incidence is finally falling slightly

Experts expect that many vaccinated and boosted people will also become infected, mostly asymptomatically. That would actually be the best way out of the pandemic, said Stöhr in the podcast, with a view to the immune protection that would then occur.

“First get vaccinated in the order and then get infected. You can’t provoke that and you can’t control the infection either, but you can vaccinate,” said Stöhr. A few days ago, Klaus Stöhr predicted in an interview with Antenne Thüringen that the corona pandemic would come to an end for many in the summer of 2022.

“The combination of vaccination protection and infection is actually the way – and it is very likely that so many people will become infected.”

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