At a press conference in Hamburg: the Corona question drives Tschentscher upset

At a press conference in Hamburg: the Corona question drives Tschentscher upset

Hotspot, antigen test, incidence – with the corona pandemic, many new terms made their way into everyday language. However, the usefulness of the measures still does not seem to be clear to everyone. Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) reacted quite angrily at a press conference on Tuesday. The MOPO explains what happened and which terms are important now.

It all starts with a series of questions from a YouTuber, who primarily gives corona deniers a platform on his channel. He wants to know from the Senate what the rate of false-positive corona tests is. Health Senator Melanie Leonhard (SPD) explains that, according to studies, there is a very low rate of false-positive PCR tests if the throat swab has been carried out properly. After the next question, Tschentscher suddenly intervened.

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“Well, all these questions indicate that there should be an attitude, ‘It’s not all that bad’. That is definitely not the Senate’s assessment,” says the mayor, visibly annoyed. “We are in a critical situation of the pandemic. Anyone who doesn’t believe it can look around in Europe.” He defends the laboratory test as a test of “the highest quality” and says: “There really is a legend here in the background, along the lines of: It’s all just a misinterpretation of data.”

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At the press conference, the representatives of the Senate once again expressly made it clear that this is not the case.

Antigen test, hostspot, incidence: the most important answers

Are there more positive cases because more testing is being done? “Of course we test a lot more. Overall, however, it is striking that the rate of positive tests has continued to rise. We are at 2 percent positive tests and compared to 0.2 percent in summer, ”said Health Senator Melanie Leonhard (SPD). “The incidence is not only increasing because of the tests, but with the same number of tests, the number of positive results increases.”

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Why are “antigen tests” used in Hamburg now? Hamburg’s health senator Melanie Leonhard (SPD) announces the increased use of so-called “antigen tests” for series tests, for example in nursing homes or hospitals. The tests can be evaluated on site. At the same time, capacities would be kept free in the laboratories to evaluate tests from symptomatic people.

Why did the RKI and Hamburg calculate different incidence values? “The values ​​​​of the RKI are set 10-15 percent too low per day.Since we don’t know this in Germany, these areas are classified as high-risk areas,” explains Senator for Health Leonhard. “Then there is also the concept of a hotspot, if you have a particularly dynamic infection process within a city or region compared to the surrounding area, then you speak of special infection hotspots.”