"Immunity certificates" ... a smart plan to get people back to a normal life
After days of medical isolation that has increased its impact on the citizens, which also harms the economy, Germany is studying an innovative plan that can allow a large number of citizens to re-take to the streets, and restore a relatively normal life, by breaking the travel ban imposed by the emerging Coronavirus.
According to the "Business Insider" website, the German authorities are considering issuing "immunity certificates" that allow hundreds of thousands to return to leave their homes and move around, earlier than the rest of the citizens, but after completing an inevitable procedure.
Researchers at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Braunschweig want to send hundreds of thousands of antibody tests to citizens in the coming weeks, Business Insider quotes from the German newspaper Der Spiegel.
If the project is approved, the researchers will test 100,000 people by the beginning of this April, the newspaper said.
The tests are designed to discover whether a person has developed antibodies to the COVID-19 virus, which means that at one point they were carriers of the virus, and thus had already managed to create immunity from the epidemic that terrified the world.
And the German states impose a strict quarantine with the spread of the Coronavirus, across the country, at a time when the number of deaths from the virus reached nearly 800, in addition to 71 thousand cases.
Since the epidemic arrived in Germany, the authorities have resorted to conducting about 300,000 to 500,000 tests to detect the virus every week, and now they tend to raise the limit daily to reach 200,000 tests.
This measure makes Germany an example, as some say, of the way it manages the epidemic crisis, when compared with other European countries such as Italy, Spain, France, and Britain.
The German strategy to tackle the virus is mainly based on extensive testing and quarantining patients, in order to prevent the exhaustion of the capacity of its hospitals and medical staff.
Another important point, according to experts, is to examine all potential people who have been in contact with HIV-infected people and to locate the people who have been infected.
Although positioning procedures give rise to widespread controversy in the country, the authorities view them as necessary in the long run.
In addition to all these measures, Germany has one of the best health systems in the world.