Matthias Schrappe, Hedwig François-Kettner, Matthias Gruhl, Dieter Hart, Franz Knieps, Philipp Manow, Holger Pfaff, Klaus Püschel, Gerd Glaeske: Thesenpapier 5.0. Die Pandemie durch SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19. Spezifische Prävention als Grundlage der „Stabilen Kontrolle“ der SARS-CoV-2-Epidemie [Thesis paper 5.0. The pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19. Specific prevention as the basis for “stable control” of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic], Köln, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg (25. Oktober 2020).
The epidemic caused by SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19 has reached a great dynamic. The high numbers of newly reported infections and, above all, the slow but significant increase in the proportion of positive test results to now over 2.5% (double-digit figures abroad for a long time) indicate that the epidemic has spread widely among the population. Because of the asymptomatic transmission, it is unlikely that this dynamic can be captured by the classic means such as contact restriction and contact tracing – since the first thesis paper in early April, the group of authors has been insisting that general prevention measures must always be combined with specific measures.
These measures have to concentrate
- on the vulnerable population groups and
- on (especially job-related) risk situations.