Drosten: Avoid social situations if you have symptoms

The complaints are quite mild. The doctor says a corona test is not necessary. So off to work? In the new episode of his Corona podcast, the virologist Christian Drosten gives advice on how to behave with mild symptoms

To avoid further corona cases, experts believe that people with mild cold symptoms should stay at home even if the family doctor sees no reason for a test. The virologist Christian Drosten said in the episode of the Coronavirus update at NDR info called.

React even to small signs

"You shouldn't go to work sick or sickly, even if your family doctor said we weren't going to test it now." In principle, in the current phase of the pandemic, those affected should no longer enter social situations with a scratchy throat or a runny nose.

The background to this is also the recently amended recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which, in view of the limited laboratory capacity, aim to use tests especially in people with clear symptoms such as pneumonia or loss of smell and taste. According to the RKI recommendation, people who cannot be tested despite symptoms should isolate themselves at home for five days and only stop after another 48 hours without symptoms.

Drosten said it would be important if everyone with mild symptoms could get a quick test result as soon as possible, for example from their family doctor. So far, such tests may only be used by specialist staff. They are considered to be less sensitive than PCR tests.

Use rapid tests in a targeted manner

He believes that rapid tests are "a very important new tool" in the fight against the pandemic, affirmed Drosten. We must now jointly move forward on the subject so that the tests can be applied before the great winter wave is over. "You have to use it now." The suggestion that he and other experts made was to use rapid tests primarily for patients with symptoms, the virologist described. It is best to use them in the first five days after the onset of symptoms.

The expert believes that rapid tests are unsuitable for population-wide tests in Germany for several reasons: Among other things, too many false positive results are currently to be expected - which means that a relatively large number of people wrongly have to be in isolation. Targeted use in hotspots could be more rewarding, according to the Charité scientist.

He and his team had checked the reliability of rapid tests from several manufacturers, and other laboratories were also working on them. Slovakia was the first state to recently carry out corona mass tests across the country.