Dr. Camilla Rothe is on the 2020 TIME 100 list

With her discovery of asyptomatic infections, Dr. Camilla Rothe contributed to the fight against COVID-19

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When the first case of corona in Germany tested positive in the Tropical Institute of the LMU Klinikum at the end of January, Dr. Camilla Rothe discovered that the patient had contracted the disease from a woman who was herself symptom-free. Dr. Rothe and her team were among the first to document the asymptomatic COVID-19 infection. By examining several patient cohorts we now know that 30 to 40 percent of all those infected with the virus show no symptoms, but are nevertheless highly contagious.

Due to the findings of Dr. Camilla Rothe, hundreds of lives could be saved despite initial strong scepticism and rejection of her observation. With the necessary rethinking of the course of infection, asymptomatic infection is shaping strategies to contain COVID-19 worldwide, which is why Time Magazine included Dr. Rothe in its list of the 100 most influential people in 2020.

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