“Main goal: to avoid overloading the healthcare system”

Health Minister Jens Spahn comments on the current corona situation together with Lothar Wieler, President of the Robert Koch Institute, and the senior physician at the Charité and coordinator for the care of COVID-19 patients in Berlin. The number of cases is increasing and the capacities of the health system will soon be exhausted.

According to Health Minister Jens Spahn, vaccination and testing are not enough to control the third wave.

Spahn: “Every day counts in this difficult situation”

The number of infections and deaths continues to rise. Jens Spahn points out that in this situation every day is important and that the federal and state governments in particular should introduce contact restrictions and possible regulations before the emergency brake is introduced.

Vaccination and testing support the fight against   the corona virus, but these options are currently not effective against the exponential growth that is being amplified by the B.1.1.7 mutation .

Examples from Canada, the USA and China show that even a large number of vaccinations cannot rule out contact restrictions and restrictions.

It is now important not to further burden the health system and intensive care units and to avoid overloading as much as possible.

Current Corona situation: Currently only one free bed per intensive care unit

The health system and intensive care units are reaching their limits. RKI President Lothar Wieler points out the importance of continuing to interrupt chains of infection and adhering to the contact restrictions, as this is the only way to prevent corona diseases.

Vaccination progress continues to be fundamental, but with many children and adults still waiting for vaccines, other rules and restrictions must be in place to spread the virus. Private contact restrictions also play an important part./p>

The majority of new cases occur in the 15 to 49 year olds, many of these people have to be treated in intensive care units or in hospitals. The spread is particularly favored by the mutation B.1.1.7, which now accounts for 90 percent of corona infections.

Six out of ten patients with respiratory diseases in German hospitals are currently suffering from COVID-19. In intensive care units it is nine out of ten patients. This means an enormous burden for doctors and nursing staff who work under difficult conditions every day.

The  long-COVID syndrome , which affects one in ten people infected with corona, should not be underestimated even with mild corona courses and could put a long-term strain on the German healthcare system in the future.

In general, caution is still required: contact restrictions and AHA rules must be observed and test options should be used.

 

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