The appearance in public was effective. In a press conference the Bonn virologist Hendrick presented Streeck in this week’s interim results from the headed by him Heinsberg-study. However, the approach has been criticized, even by other scientists such as the well-known Charité-virologist Christian Drosten. Streeck feels attacked unfairly.
The virologist Hendrik Streeck has rejected criticism of the publication of the interim result of a study by the Coronavirus have been particularly affected municipality Gangelt, North Rhine-Westphalia. The "Tagesspiegel" from Berlin, the scientists from the University of Bonn said on Sunday that the field study complied with all recommendations of the world health organization WHO. "We exceed even this Empfehlungen", Streeck, said of the study, which examined to keep 1000 people from 400 households.
However, Christian Drosten, chief had practiced-a virologist at Berlin’s Charité criticism of the actions of the scientists in NRW. “I have just listened to this press conference on Phoenix, and I can deduce nothing. Because it is not easy to explain so little, that one understands everything“, should be Drosten after the pre-conversion of the study by the Cologne Science Media centre organized the conversation said. He urged that scientific data of this kind would have to be in a scientific manuscript published.
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Drosten: "Not a reproach, only a Nachfrage"
“Even if that is not yet reviewed, should be at least presented in manuscript Form with a summary, before you go in order to the General Public and also to policy-makers. Otherwise, this is a Situation like now, where you know nothing.“ On Twitter Drosten however, made it clear later that he wanted to crucify the Heinsberg-study, this is not. "There is no charge to members, only a demand. Discourse allows for a scientific opinion."
Responded to statements Drostens and on the question of whether it was for the publication to early, responds Streeck now in the "Tagesspiegel": "The publication is not made lightly. We discussed until late in the night on Thursday over whether we should now present the first data. We decided, for ethical reasons, and because we felt obliged, according to the scientific criteria of the collected valid intermediate state prior to the publication inform." This is absolutely common.
On Drostens requirement for a manuscript Streeck also. The data were all complete and would now be combined into one publication and this would be to submit then in a Journal.
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Streeck: "That would not be verantwortungsvoll"
"Intermediate results are communicated in conferences constantly and all over the world. Only this allows a current scientific Diskussion", the Bonn virologist defends himself more. Not to say that this is unscientific, voice simply said the researchers. You would have first of all a so-called "Peer-Review" carried out to a written publication that would be passed according to Streeck months. "The current is so volatile with a rapid spread of the Coronavirus will not leave us this time. That would not be verantwortungsvoll", so the researchers.
According to the last Thursday presented between the results of the study, 15 percent of the citizens in the municipality of Gangelt now an immunity against the Virus are formed. The probability of the disease to die is, therefore, based on the total number of Infected, at 0.37 percent. In Germany, currently of the American Johns Hopkins University calculated the corresponding Rate is 1.98%, which is five times higher.
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