JKU Corona Update Live on April 16, 2020

„Virologischer Tunnelblick?“ - Rector Meinhard Lukas discusses with experts what considerations are now needed in the second phase of the pandemic.

"Virological tunnel vision?" - Public health expert Martin Sprenger, former member of the Health Minister's Corona Task Force, and health sociologist Joachim Gerich will discuss possible blind spots in political decision-making in the Corona Update on April 16. Rector Meinhard Lukas discusses with the experts which far-sighted and at the same time sensitive considerations are now needed in the second phase of the pandemic.

Dr. Martin Sprenger, Public Health Expert at the Medical University of Graz, has left the Corona Task Force of the Minister of Health. A remark from him in the "Addendum" makes you sit up and take notice: "The withdrawal from the task force has given me back ... my civil and scientific freedom of expression, which feels very good". Sprenger advocates a public and technically broad scientific discussion of the pandemic. This is exactly why the Johannes Kepler University Linz launched the JKU Corona Update.

It's not just the virus that makes you sick. The health system's categorical focus on Covid 19, the isolation of people and the shutdown of the education system also have serious health consequences. Not to mention the social upheavals that this brings about. Health sociologist Joachim Gerich will comment on this.

In the “new normal” (© Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz) difficult decisions have to be made. This requires a valid database that is freely accessible and a transparent discussion between scientists from a wide variety of disciplines. The current timetable for the second phase of the pandemic can only be assessed on this basis.

Rector Meinhard Lukas discusses this phenomenon with the following experts:

  • Dr. Martin Sprenger, Institute for Social Medicine and Epidemiology at the Medical University of Graz, former member of the Coronavirus Task Force of the Ministry of Health
  • Prof. Joachim Gerich, Department for Empirical Social Research at the Institute for Sociology, Johannes Kepler University Linz

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April 16, 2020

14:00 - 14:30 PM

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