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Interview with RKI boss Lothar Wieler

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Germany’s top epidemic: Lothar Wieler
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Lothar Wieler is head of the Robert Koch Institute and thus Germany’s top epidemic. A conversation about the seriousness of the situation, strategies against the virus and hostility towards himself.

Professor Wieler, the economy is groaning under the state of emergency. How long do we have to endure?

Ralph Bollmann

Ralph Bollmann

Correspondent for economic policy and deputy head of economy and “Money & More” of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in Berlin.

Georg Meck

Georg Meck

Responsible editor for business and “Money & More” of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

The earliest we can assess at Easter is how the agreed measures will work. After infection, it can take up to 14 days before symptoms appear. In the past, we couldn’t say whether the contact block works. It also depends on how strictly our population adheres to it. From a medical point of view, I want all of us to persevere with the spatial distance as long as possible. We are still at the beginning of the wave and I can only urge everyone to take the pandemic very seriously. But I also know that the measures have a serious impact on people’s economy and social life. We do not ignore these consequences.

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