Berlin - The Chinese businesswoman, who infected two employees of an auto supplier Webasto during her visit to Bavaria and thus triggered the first cluster with 2019-nCoV in Germany, was apparently symptomatic. This is the result of research by Science.
In its report in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), team led by Michael Hoelscher from the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU) wrote that the woman who stayed in Germany between January 19 and 22 and only developed symptoms on the return flight. The 2019-nCoV infection was then detected immediately after landing in Shanghai.
The report in New England Journal of Medicine had led to significant uncertainty. Because virus that is spread by asymptomatic people is very difficult to control.
The director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, told journalists after reading the article, there would now be no longer any doubt about transmission by asymptomatic persons.
The infectiologists in Munich had based their information on the statements of the people infected in Bavaria. A direct request from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety to the Chinese businesswoman is said to have now shown that the woman was already symptomatic during her stay in Bavaria.
According to research by Science, she is said to have felt tired, suffered from muscle aches and paracetamol to reduce fever have taken. This would have met the case definition of 2019-nCoV disease.
According to Science, the RKI has already asked the NEJM for correction. This correction relates to the case from Bavaria. That does not mean that asymptomatic transmission per se is excluded. Today, after regular examinations of the patients cared for in the Schwabing Clinic in Munich, the Institute for Virology at the Charité in Berlin and the Institute for Microbiology of the German Armed Forces found that . Seven of them are being treated in the Schwabing Clinic in Munich. All are in clinically stable condition, said the clinic. This also applies to patient in whom, in addition to an increased temperature, incipient inflammation of the airways is observed.