Another pandemic is sure to come. Experts agree that in an age of globalization, it will be easy for pathogens to spread around the world. The danger of zoonoses, viruses that jump from animals to humans, is also real The coronavirus is strongly suspected to have evolved in exactly the same way. This could lead to the spread of other pathogens in the future, and in the worst case scenario, even lead to another pandemic.
“H2N2 flu would definitely be a candidate,” said top virologist Christian Drosten. Interview with “Time” he talked about how we will be prepared for the next pandemic in Germany and around the world.
Drosten: “The next pandemic can be prevented through education”
“Pandemics are not prevented by sampling bats or conducting basic research in African rainforests,” the Charité researcher emphasized. Instead, “Education can prevent the next pandemic.” That’s the key to everything. Only in this way “false beliefs and immaturity can disappear” and scientists can work in their home countries.
“Pandemic response will always be better if you have better data,” Drosten said. But this requires proper access and effective structures – and “Germany is clearly too weak”. We would have data science, science. However, we do not have access to the data.
Top virologist sees ‘signs of impending end to pandemic’
For further development Corona pandemics Drosten, on the other hand, was optimistic about some issues. Asked about the dynamics of this year’s infection waves, the virologist told Die Zeit: “This is a sign of the coming end of the pandemic.”
Meanwhile, “small influencing factors such as weather changes” were enough to push the wave or break it. A kind of late summer in mid-October immediately reduced the numbers. “The situation is becoming unstable because of the virus. It’s good. It’s no longer the case that a virus can completely change the game with a few mutations,” Drosten explained.
He doesn’t expect a really nasty surprise in the near future in the form of a more dangerous variant of Sars-CoV-2, the Berlin researcher explained: “The virus can no longer easily return to many points in its evolution. “It’s been at a bit of a standstill and is just being re-optimized at the moment.”
For the virologist, the course of the winter also depends on which variant of the corona will prevail next: “Currently, two micron variants are starting to work: BF.7 and BQ.1.1. can be tough again,” Drosten said. But he also sees the possibility of a mild winter wave.
After being heavily involved during the height of the pandemic, the head of virology at Berlin’s Charité University Hospital has been relatively infrequent at press events or in the media lately. To his account in the text message service Twitter, where he is followed by almost a million people and where he has not spoken for a long time, told Zeit: “The digital life no longer interests me. I haven’t checked Twitter in months.