Virologist welcomes mass tests in Bavaria

The Hamburg-based virologist Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit supports the plans of the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) to offer free corona tests to all Bavarians.

"If there is an opportunity to be tested quickly and free of charge, this can only be an advantage in this pandemic," said Schmidt-Chanasit of the RTL / n-tv editorial team. Söder had previously been criticized by Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn for his project.

Schmidt-Chanasit sees the mass tests offered as an opportunity to establish an early warning system. In this respect, tests in small villages where there have been no infections for weeks made sense. "Of course, a large part of the tests will initially turn out to be negative," said Schmidt-Chanasit, but it is a matter of "early detection of certain herds so that you can intervene quickly". Gütersloh, where there are now 107 positive tests in the population, has shown that the virus spreads unnoticed. The asymptomatic cases can be proven with mass tests, and medical officers and health authorities can then quickly initiate measures to contain them.

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