Leading German Virologist Questions Lockdown, Says No Proof Shopping Will Get You Infected

The egghead leading the response in one of Germany's states

There is no evidence that coronavirus can be spread by shopping or going to the hairdresser, a leading German virologist has said.

Professor Hendrik Streeck, leading the first comprehensive study of a town that suffered a major coronavirus outbreak, told German television his initial findings suggested the virus may not be as easily transmitted as previously thought.

Prof Streeck’s team carried out an intensive search of the home of a family infected with the virus but found no trace of it on surfaces, he said.

“We did not find any live virus on any surface. Not on cellphones, not on taps, not on doorknobs,” he told the Markus Lanz talk show on ZDF television. His team even examined the fur of the family’s pet cat but found no trace of the virus.

The virologist said his initial findings challenged many of the assumptions behind current lockdown measures around the world.

“We talk a lot about speculation and models, but only one factor has to be wrong and then the whole thing collapses like a house of cards,” Prof Streeck said.

There have been widespread calls in Germany for face masks to be made compulsory at supermarkets, but Prof Streeck said: “There are no proven infections while shopping or at the hairdresser.” He stressed that he was not calling for lockdown measures to be lifted, but argued that not enough is yet known about the virus.

Prof Streeck has led the response to the coronavirus in one Germany’s worst affected regions, North Rhine-Westphalia, and diagnosed thousands of patients.

He is leading a detailed study in Gangelt, a town in the Heinsberg district which saw the first major coronavirus outbreak in Germany.

Prof Streeck pointed to the country’s first recorded case, a woman who travelled to Germany from China and infected colleagues at work, as evidence for his analysis. “This woman would have stayed in a hotel, eaten in the restaurant, but only infected her colleagues,” he said. “So we know that eating in a restaurant or working in a hotel is not responsible for the infection.

“The virus spreads in other places: the party in Ischgl, the club in Berlin, the football game in Bergamo.”

Ischgl, a ski resort in Austria known for its nightlife, is believed to have been a major centre of the European outbreak where the virus was spread by drinking games in which people shared glasses.

“We know it’s not a smear infection that is transmitted by touching objects, but that close dancing and exuberant celebrations have led to infections,” said Prof Streeck. “Now it is time to find the nuances in between.”

Source: The Telegraph

  1. Rowdy-Yates says

    I understand that the Coronavirus cannot live in full sun and hot weather. If that is true then nursing homes should be fully ventilated and its inhabitants given more sunlight. all items should be aired and sunned to kill the virus. Most nursing homes are closed up and the temperature is kept at around 70 to 75 degrees. The inhabitants live in the shade and usually that is not healthy

  2. ke4ram says

    Notice everything is conjecture? This whole virus thing is conjecture. Of course only corpgov PhD’s are believed by the Covid Cattle.

    1. CHUCKMAN says

      There is is no “conjecture” about 1.2 million infections and about 70,000 deaths.

      1. Ron Ronery says

        You’re being conned by the “infected number”….doesn’t matter. Deaths “FROM” covid19 are what matters and even then a large percentage of the 70,000 deaths are “WITH” covid19. So you think 70,000 in 4 months is cause for concern? Normally, every second 2 people die on Earth. 3 months (Jan to Apr) translates to roughly 7,776,000 seconds. So 15.552,000 have died worldwide from all causes. 70,000 divided by 15,552,000 is 0.45% of the deaths. You still believe this is a pandemic? This is a “hoax” pandemic to futher government agendas which is another post.

      2. toysandme says

        You meant people didn’t die before the Corona virus was around?

        1. CHUCKMAN says

          Did I say that? I don’t think so.

          Sorry, but that’s not a logical response to what I did say.

          And here’s someting everyone should keep in mind…

          Who are the most capable and rational leaders we have in the world today?

          Without a doubt, Russia’s Putin and China’s Xi.

          And how are they handling these events in their countries?

  3. CHUCKMAN says

    Interesting piece, but there are other views by other experts.

    And there is that very real thing called fear.

    I love that cartoon you’ve used twice.

  4. Emmet Sweeney says

    The voice of reason – who will of course be completely ignored by the oligarch-owned media.

  5. Mikhail Garchenko says

    “… point for The Telegraph ..!”, who dared to publish that against the “official narrative”. They’re not that jerky, after all … 😛

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