Germany: Merkel draws on science background to explain COVID-19 infection rate

16 апреля 2020 г. 18:38

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has a doctorate in quantum chemistry, drew on her science background when describing the current infection rate and its impact on the health system during a press conference held in Berlin on Wednesday. During the press conference, she discussed in detail how various rates of infection and different models would differently impact the weight on the German health care system. «If we get to the point where everybody infects 1.1 people, then by October our healthcare system will reach capacity with the assumed number of intensive care beds. If we get to 1.2 people, so everyone is infecting 20 percent more. Out of 5 people, one infects two and the rest one, then we will reach the limit of our healthcare system in July. And if it's up to 1.3 people, then in June we will reach the limits of our healthcare system. So you can see how little room we have to work with,» explained the German chancellor. Merkel studied quantum chemistry and received a doctorate in 1986 and also worked as a research scientist until 1989. Germany has recorded 134,753 confirmed cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began. 3,804 people have died nationwide thus far.

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