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Camilla Rothe    

Infectious Disease Specialist; Diagnosed First Case of COVID-19 in Germany

Camilla Rothe is a German physician and tropical medicine specialist. She diagnosed the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Germany, and her scientific work helped confirm that the virus could be transmitted asymptomatically.

On 27 January 2020 Rothe diagnosed the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Germany. It was evident that the infection had come from a Chinese traveler who visited Germany without noticing any symptoms of the disease. Rothe and Michael Hölscher published this discovery on 30 January in The New England Journal of Medicine. Thus began a two-month scientific dispute about when the disease can be transmitted from person to person, which ended with the confirmation of their findings.

On 11 December 2020 Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people of the year. Professor of molecular medicine Eric Topol wrote that "her discovery has saved countless lives".


Camilla Rothe Is on the 2020 TIME 100 List | TIME
Sep 22, 2020 ... Back in January, it was the astute observation of Dr. Camilla Rothe, an infectious- disease specialist in Munich, that led her team to be one of the first to document ...

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