A new estimate by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine assumes that the British Corona mutation is 56 percent more contagious than the previous Covid-19 variants. The pathogen variant B1.1.7 is particularly widespread in Great Britain, but has also been identified in Germany. And: There are indications that this variant is also more contagious among children, as reported by the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. So far, research has assumed that children are not so easily infected with Covid-19.
The new mutation is likely to strengthen the virus’ attachment to human cells, making it easier for children to spread. The authors of the new study – which has not yet been checked by other researchers – therefore emphasize that school closings may play a major role in fighting pandemics.
But: It is not yet certain how the infection actually takes place among children. There is still no evidence for the theory, writes the SZ. For example, it is also not yet clear whether the new virus variant triggers an equally severe course of the disease.
Experts call for Europe-wide lockdown
Before Christmas, researchers called in the medical journal “The Lancet” to introduce Europe-wide measures to stop the spread of the virus. For this there must be a new corona strategy for all of Europe. On Christmas Eve, virologist Isabella Eckerle wrote on Twitter: “Europe (not just the EU) should prepare for a coordinated full lockdown.” It would be wrong to wait until the increased infection is confirmed in the laboratory to take action.
Other case studies from Germany also show that there is a high risk of infection, especially in schools. The Hamburg health authority has just confirmed that a single person infected almost 40 people at the Hamburg Heinrich Hertz School. At the beginning of December, the Standing Conference announced that only in the week from November 23 to 29, a good 210,000 schoolchildren were in quarantine nationwide.