That’s in contrast to Italy, where some researchers think that the high number of younger people living with elderly relatives may have put those more vulnerable to the infection at greater risk.
Nevertheless, there is still the fear in Germany that if the outbreak does start to spread among older circles, the country could also see a spike in deaths. Already one nursing home in Würzburg, a city in Bavaria, has seen 37 residents test positive and nine of them die.
The nursing home’s first case was reported on March 8, when the number of confirmed cases was around 1,000 in Germany. Since then, 33 of its 58 staff have tested positive, and officials are now working to find out how the infection found its way inside.
“We are doing our best,” Michael Schwab, a doctor at the nursing home, said in a statement. “Even when the high risk of infection is one of our biggest challenges.”