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Heinsberg-study: one in five Corona-Infected without symptoms

In the district of Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia, there was at the beginning of the year to a massive spread of the novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. To find out more about the pathogen to find out, researchers at the University of Bonn, a large number of inhabitants to acute and past infection with the Coronavirus. The results suggest that many more people were infected than expected.

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After put on a carnival meeting in the district of Heinsberg several people with the novel Coronavirus, and the spread of Covid-19 in Germany not stop.

In the context of a study tested researchers, more than 900 individuals from over 400 households from the village of Heinsberg Gangelt keep in a circle on acute and past infections with SARS-CoV-2. This showed that about 15 percent of the population got infected. The are five times more cases than the number that had been officially established in the municipality by the usual Tests in cases of suspected infection.

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More than a fifth (22.2 percent) of the people in Gangelt, were infected with SARS-CoV-2, had no symptoms. Age and gender were not associated with the infection, and persons living in the same Haushaltmit a Diseased, infected with less than 50 percent probability (16-44 percent). The most striking Symptom of the Infected was the loss of taste and smell.

Seven people had died in Gangelt, what a share of 0.37 percent under the Infected corresponded to. On the basis of this value could be drawn according to the researchers, from the number of the deceased in other regions, a conclusion as to the actual rate of infection: At 6,700 death was to be expected, therefore, with 1.8 million Infected &ndash cases in Germany; what the dark figure would be ten times greater than the number of officially reported cases.