Spahn: “No reason to underestimate the virus”

Health Minister Jens Spahn, together with Lothar Wieler, President of the Robert Koch Institute, provides information on the current corona situation in Germany. In addition, intensive care nurse Ricardo Lange describes the critical situation in German intensive care units. The most important things are briefly summarized for you to read.

The increasing number of vaccinations and the stagnating incidence figures continue to give hope for openings, but Health Minister Jens Span and RKI President Lothar Wieler warn of caution.

Example India shows the worst case

Due to the current corona situation, India is a virus variant area: Entry is therefore restricted to Germans or people resident in Germany. There is also a test and quarantine obligation. The number of cases worldwide rose by 24 percent last week.

“There is no reason to underestimate the virus,” says Health Minister Jens Spahn, who also emphasizes that the “worst-case scenario” is currently playing out in India. The German federal government is therefore sending aid packages in the form of ventilators, medicines and protective masks to India.

Third wave mostly stopped

The number of vaccinations gives hope for quick openings. Both Jens Spahn and Lothar Wieler point out that the situation should not be stumbled – the incidence figures should first be brought to a low and stable level. As a result, measures and timing of the opening steps should be chosen carefully.

In addition, Wieler points out the long-term consequences of  Corona  and emphasizes that children can also  suffer from long-COVID despite a symptom-free course of Corona  , which can cause lasting damage to the body. Possible signs of Long-COVID include:

Freedoms for the vaccinated are discussed

Vaccination prioritization could be reversed from June, and freedom rights for fully vaccinated people are to be decided by May 28th.

However, the Minister of Health adds that the corona vaccination does not protect against infection either. However, it can reduce the severity of the course and limit the spread of the virus.

Doctors, nurses and cleaning staff exposed to high levels of stress

Ricardo Lange, intensive care nurse in Berlin, states that many of his colleagues have already left the profession of nurse or cleaning staff in hospitals. All medical staff are currently exposed to high levels of stress, and the limit for nursing staff has long been reached.

The intensive treatment of COVID patients is increasing both physical and psychological stress for all medical staff. The increased protective equipment and the intensive treatment in the prone position as well as the particularly tight FFP3 masks when in contact with patients limit the way of working enormously.

The nursing staff is also pushed to its limits emotionally. Although intensive care nurses are used to the severe course of the disease, patients are usually accompanied by family members during this process. During the corona pandemic, the nursing staff is the only physical contact with the sick. The quick death of the corona infected and the little contact with the family also burden the nursing staff.
Ricardo Lange emphasizes that he is suffering from a certain occupational illness and only notices the particularly severe courses, but warns of an opposite blindness outside of the nursing staff, to   classify Corona only as a mild flu .

The nursing staff are working to the limit, intensive care units are being restructured and serious cases such as heart problems or  strokes are being  cared for in other wards. In order to prevent this situation, the number of cases should be reduced and the virus should not be underestimated.

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