The No-COVID Strategy
In June/July of last year, Germany and many other European countries had reached a situation of low
incidence after successfully bending the curves of the first surges of Covid-19.
Restrictions were lifted progressively, and international travel was allowed again. When the numbers
started to rise, first slowly, and then rapidly,
non-pharmaceutical interventions were imposed late and reluctantly.
The lack of both a structured exit strategy and a detailed plan for outbreak management steered many of
the countries into difficult epidemiological situations and the next
round of lockdowns.
The No-COVID Strategy aims at a safe and sustainable re-opening of societies and economies. It suggests pursuing the No-COVID goal, and, once this goal has been reached, applying the Green Zone Strategy to protect it. Several countries have successfully implemented this approach, thereby making it possible for their populations to return to a nearly normal life. For the Federal Republic of Germany and other European countries, too, this path is feasible and desirable — in terms of health, economy, and society.
The number of infections is reduced to near zero.
Transmissions and reintroductions of the virus into green zones are avoided through mobility restrictions, tests and quarantines.
If new cases occur, outbreaks are managed rigorously.
Scientists from different fields working on the No-COVID strategy
Prof. Dr. Menno BaumannEducation, Fliedner University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf
Dr. Markus BeierMedicine, general practitioner, chairman of the Bavarian General Practitioner Association
Prof. Dr. Melanie BrinkmannVirology, Helmholtz Center for Infection Research Braunschweig
Prof. Dr. Dirk BrockmannPhysics, Institute of Biology, Humboldt University of Berlin
Prof. Dr. Heinz BudeSociology, University of Kassel
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Clemens FuestEconomics, Ifo Institute and LMU Munich
Ass. Jur. Denise Feldner, M.B.L.Law, Technology Law, Crowdhelix / KU Leuven Germany
Prof. Dr. Michael HallekMedicine, Internist, Clinic I for Internal Medicine, University of Cologne
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ilona KickbuschGlobal Public Health, Graduate Institute Geneva, WHO consultant, GPMB
Prof. Dr. Maximilian MayerPolitical Science, Asia, CASSIS, University of Bonn
Prof. Dr. Michael Meyer-HermannPhysics, Helmholtz Center for Infection Research Braunschweig
Prof. Dr. Andreas PeichlEconomics, Ifo Institute and LMU Munich
Prof. Dr. Elvira RosertPolitical Science, Universtität Hamburg / Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, IFSH
Prof. Dr. Matthias SchneiderPhysics, Medical and Biological Physics, TU Dortmund