After the dispute between the “image”newspaper and the Top virologist Christian Drosten smolders still, there is now a new Row created. His virologist colleague, Alexander Kekulé published a guest post in the daily mirror that didn’t like Drosten apparently don’t. Now Kekulé acknowledged a misunderstanding and quipped then again against his colleagues.
According to Alexander Kekulés claim in the "Tagesspiegel", Virologist Christian Drosten should draw on the results of his children-Corona study, it revised this statement now in conversation with the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". For one thing, he was right that he would have demanded at any time, but that it is a mistake on the part of the "Tagesspiegel" would have given. His core statement was: “If he’d drawn back, then he would have the 'Bild'-Newspaper not given this wide page."
Kekulé sets: Drosten didn’t need to mention that the results are final
Kekulé it is not a question to discredit Drostens work, but rather the media and political dealing with it. So it is perfectly normal in the scientific process, and that preliminary studies, as well as the children study Drostens, only from the first results, and then discussed among experts and developed would. Since in the Corona-times laid, however, a lot of people to be involved as quickly as possible, to be published such studies is now before the corrections and immediately used.
Kekulés opinion, the results Drostens had been exploited, not only in Germany but also internationally, and would have an enormous political impact. Drosten as a consultant to the policy should not only expect, but also should respond by, for example, added a statement that the result is still not final, but still a work in progress. The virologist also does not remain in its assessment that he could take the results to come which Drosten, one-to-one sign. He tried many times to reach his colleagues on the phone, but an appointment was cancelled in advance of Drostens page. You wrote but "always cheerful e-mails and her".
Virologist Kekulé reiterated criticism in the "Deutschlandfunk"
On Friday Kekulé had reiterated his criticism of Drostens children’s study. The "Deutschlandfunk" he said he was quite sure that the Berlin’s Top virologist, and will drag his study “back and re-write”. The core question of whether children are just as contagious as adults had not yet decided, it is also the result of Drostens study will not change anything.
The data and the analysis would be too weak. "When I got the study for the first Time on the table, on 30. April, it was immediately clear that, on the evaluation side, a few question marks sind" there;, so Kekulé. Since the study Drosten defended again and again, he reported with a bit delay word. "The study is not to save, as you dasteht", Kekulé explains.
Kekulé criticized Drosten-study: a Scientific basis is missing
Kekulés public criticism of the Drosten-study viral load in children began in a guest contribution made by the virologist on the last Wednesday of the "Tagesspiegel" published. Kekulé criticizes the controversial investigation, which is also behind the dispute between Drosten and the "Bild" is. His displeasure with the guest post Drosten made on Thursday morning via Twitter kund.
“Kekulé makes mood. His presentation is biased. He doesn’t know our data, and cited incorrectly. Kekulé himself, one could criticize, he should publish something.”
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In his guest article, Kekulé had called the statistician’s Hero, the have pointed out several methodological errors in the study. The amounts of sample on which the study is based, are not comparable, so Kekulé. The quantity purchased is different too often, in addition, samples were taken at different stages of the disease. In addition, the sample was very small: So Kekulé criticised the fact that only 49 of the Under-11-Year-old were tested for the study, but quite relevant.
Christian Drosten: he Would have had to study to pull back?
Kekulé also indicates that the not the found difference on the basis of the used method was not a long no proof that there was the relevant difference. Overall, the Drosten study lacks the scientific basis. Drosten had to pull the study back, so Kekulé.
Shortly thereafter, Drosten to put:
“The Kekulé tried Leonhard Hero himself says about his statistical analysis of our study, that this is konklusiv. Kekulé is no matter, he fires anyway. Thank you for that. We will provide an Update of our data and statistics.”
Basically, Drosten agreed with a Twitter User, however. Had written: "Now, if the scientists are bashing publicly successive wins at the end of the image."
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Criticism of Hendrik Streeck
The Bonn virologist Hendrik Streeck had joined in the criticism of the study of his colleague, Christian Drosten of the Berlin Charité. “The method has been criticized by five statisticians, and this criticism is no accident,” said the scientist in an Interview with the editor-in network in Germany (RND).
However, it is difficult “to separate between legitimate criticism and what is then made medial to it,” he said with a view on a controversial report of the “image”newspaper about the criticism of the Drosten-study on the virus load in children. “The type of reporting I would distance myself.”
Drosten in "unangenehmener Situation"
Ultimately, would Drosten, and he would have just published as those of a statistician, the critical remarks on the study of the Charité, “in a Team, in Team science”, said the head of the Heinsberg study, which had even been strong public criticism. To said the current debate on the Drosten of the Director of the Institute for Virology at the University hospital of Bonn, the RND: “I feel for him, this is a very unpleasant Situation in which he is located.” As a scientist, one is sometimes “not clear, in which political and media situation, one goes there.” The had fared with him even in the course of the Heinsberg-study similar.
Streeck missing according to its own information, at the time, a similar level of support from colleagues and the Public, as witnessed currently, the Berlin virologist Drosten. “It is a question that really bothers me: Why there are on the one hand, in spite of the justified criticism of a lot of support from the media and otherwise, while on the other hand, no one jumps to the side. The substantive criticism of our study – and it is at the end – has certainly stood the test.“
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Drosten gets the backing of the world medical President Frank Ulrich Montgomery
Without the support Drosten is despite everything since. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, the Chairman of the world medical Association, took the virologists in protection. In the RBB broadcast "Talk Berlin" he said: “I think it’s so great how this man who I incidentally admire for what he does, how he communicates that open to the outside.” From a scientific point of view, it is perfectly in order, that a researcher be corrected again and again.
Montgomery also stated that the scientific discourse patterns in a high speed. He complained: “is That because some Prime Ministers and some Newspapers don’t come in the speed of their thinking, is their Problem, but not the Problem of Mr. Drosten.”
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