Two passers-by in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, March 23, 2020. & nbsp;
Two passers-by in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, March 23, 2020. (ODD ANDERSEN / AFP)

While the coronavirus epidemic affects the whole world, Germany has one of the lowest death rates on the planet. Monday March 30, Berlin had 57,298 officially reported cases and 455 deaths according to the Robert Koch Institute, representing a fatality rate of approximately 0.8%. It is almost eight times less than in France.

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One of the reasons that may explain this situation is the massive screenings that took place very early in Germany. They made it possible to quickly quarantine the sick. Now our German neighbors perform 500,000 tests per week. At lConversely, France reserves its several thousand daily screenings for the most serious cases. ATSimply put, the total number of patients in our country is not clearly established, which mathematically increases the death rate in France.

Finally, if there are fewer deaths in Germany, Berlin remains very cautious about the aftermath of the epidemic and does not rule out seeing its hospitals overwhelmed in the coming weeks.

We remember that China had deployed trucks to spray the streets with disinfectants. In France, several cities have followed: this is the case of Nice, Menton, Cannes, Suresnes and even Montauban. However, the effectiveness of these measures is not yet fully known. The High Council of Public Health was seized Thursday, March 26 by the government. He should say in the next few days whether these disinfections are useful or not.

In the meantime, several scientists have already expressed reservations because there is no evidence that the virus survives on sidewalks or street furniture for a long time. Another concern: some municipalities have chosen to use diluted bleach, which can be dangerous for the environment.

Among the questions we received via # OnYouAnswer, “Hope” asks us: “If we have had no symptoms of the coronavirus in the past two weeks, can we reasonably be reassured about our fate?”

Since the incubation period can extend up to 14 days, if indeed after two weeks you have not developed any symptoms, you may legitimately think that you have not been infected or else you are asymptomatic, that is, you get the virus but do not develop symptoms. Whatever your state of health, you must continue to respect confinement so as not to take the risk of infecting other people.

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