As countries in Europe pass the peak of the first wave of infections and cautiously begin to reopen aspects of society post-lockdown, scientists everywhere are continuing to discuss our rapidly improving evidence base on our understanding of this disease and how it can help inform the next stage of tackling this pandemic. We’ve heard about the difficulties of making direct comparisons between countries, but what can we learn from the experiences of experts in other countries? We gathered three scientists from Germany, Austria and Italy. They gave a brief overview of their experiences of COVID-19, their work, and the situation in their countries right now, and journalists were able to ask them questions.
Prof Reinhard Busse, Head of the Department of Health Care Management at the Berlin University of Technology
Prof Giovanni Rezza, Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), Rome
Prof Christoph Steininger, Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical University of Vienna