Coronavirus: University operations under restrictions until at least 17 April 2020 at midnight +++ www.tum.de/coronaBavarian State government appoints expert advisors
At a press conference today, Bavaria’s Minister President Dr. Markus Söder and Minister of Science and Art Bernd Sibler announced the appointment of an expert council in preparation for upcoming political decisions during the pandemic. Professor Ulrike Protzer, director of the Institute of Virology at the Technical University of Munich and at the German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München, will be part of this council.
"We were worried that the same dynamic seen in Italy would develop," said Ulrike Protzer, adding that science always provides new findings in order to make the government’s decisions easier. The council will be composed of experts from virology, epidemiology, hygiene, general medicine, microbiology, health services research and intensive care. Members will also include experts familiar with the situation at general practitioners’ clinics and hospitals. Protzer said that a broadly diverse group is extremely important in properly assessing the current situation.
In addition to appointing the expert council, the Bavarian government also announced a special research project: the Munich Covid-19 Cohort. In the project 3,000 households in Munich will be chosen at random. The participants are to give blood samples at regular intervals, and data will be collected using questionnaires. This is to make long-term statements on the illness and the dynamic of the virus possible.
Press statements by Bavaria’s Minister President Dr. Markus Söder, Minister of Science, Bernd Sibler, Prof. Ulrike Protzer, Director of TUM’s Institute of Virology and Prof. Michael Hoelscher, head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the Munich University Clinic