Corona-cases in Tönnies: expert: outbreak smoulders very probably longer

An expert on infectious diseases says it is "extremely unlikely" that the hundreds of Corona cases in a meat factory in NRW on family visits at the weekend be

Corona-cases in Tönnies: expert: outbreak smoulders very probably longer

An expert on infectious diseases says it is "extremely unlikely" that the hundreds of Corona cases in a meat factory in NRW on family visits at the weekend before back. "The incubation period is five days, so a weekend visit can hardly explain such a large number of people," said Isabella Eckerle, head of the research group Emerging Viruses in the Department of infectious diseases at the University of Geneva.

Gereon Schulze Althoff, Director of the Pandemiestabs the companies concerned Tönnies, had the cold in the production of, and home travel of the employees to Eastern Europe on long weekends, such as to corpus Christi as a possible factors for the spread of the Coronavirus, called.

hygiene measures are difficult to implement

The high number of affected employees, the company Tönnies way to a unnoticed, is already longer before going super-spreading Event in the operation, said Eckerle. "If you are in close contact and under unfavorable working and living conditions of a Single or only very little initial can be Infected and lead to a very high number of secondary infections."

The working conditions in slaughterhouses are not, apparently, with the currently necessary hygiene measures compatible, Eckerle. To do this, the long stay of many people in closed spaces count without the ability to maintain sufficient distance. Added to this is the living in limited accommodation, if it were foreign employees.

Updated Date: 18 June 2020, 20:19

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