Coronavirus: experts warn second wave could be "more dangerous"
Leading Covid-19 experts in Germany have said it is still too early to relax lockdown protocols, stating that "we are at the beginning of this pandemic."
Europe is preparing for a gradual de-escalation of lockdown measures put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus with several countries including Italy, Germany, Spain and France putting plans in place to lift quarantine protocols in various stages, dependant on a continued decrease in the number of new cases reported. However, a group of virologists in Germany has warned that it may still be too early to safely ease lockdown measures and that a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic could prove to be more dangerous than the initial outbreak.
"We are still at the beginning of this pandemic; that is something that a lot of people have forgotten," Melanie Brinkmann of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research told Der Spiegel. Prof. Brinkmann also stated that the German government's plans for de-escalation could have serious consequences as it may lead to a false sense of security among citizens, resulting in "more physical contact" as people may cease to "treat the coronavirus seriously."