ROUNDUP: Is that enough? Experts are cautious about federal-state resolutions

BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Scientific experts are cautious about the measures adopted by the federal and state governments on Thursday to combat the corona crisis. The “decisions are going in the right direction, but come too late,” said Hajo Zeeb from the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology in Bremen to the German Press Agency (dpa). The compulsory vaccination for medical staff, like the intensified boosters, will only have an impact slowly, around January. “In this respect, the immediate implementation of testing in care and senior facilities is extremely important in order to create as much safety there as currently possible and not let mortality explode again,” he said.

“Our models show that the measures now available to the countries in countries with a high vaccination rate – at least 70 percent of the population vaccinated twice – are sufficient to stop the dynamic,” said Kai Nagel from the Technical University of Berlin to the dpa. In particular, the combination of 2G plus in the leisure area and 3G at the workplace or home office make a very significant contribution to curbing the occurrence of infections. This is based on the assumption that regular ventilation, testing and wearing a mask prevent infections in educational institutions. In countries with a low vaccination rate, in which less than 60 percent have been vaccinated twice, stronger measures are necessary.

According to the federal-state resolutions on Thursday, the 2G regulation, according to which only those who have been vaccinated and recovered have access to leisure events, restaurants and hotels, comes into force when the so-called hospitalization rate is above 3. The value indicates how many people infected with corona per 100,000 people came to the hospital in the past seven days. If the hospital rate rises to more than six, vaccinated and convalescent patients should also submit a test (2G plus) in certain facilities such as discos, clubs and bars.

The President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine (Divi), Gernot Marx, doubts that the new resolutions to combat corona are sufficient. He is very worried about the unchecked infection rate and an exponentially increasing load on the intensive care units, said Marx on Germany radio on Friday.

There is no need to panic, but the situation is very worrying, Marx assessed the situation in intensive care units in general. In some regions the situation is extremely tense and at the limit. In many areas, the normal, plannable surgical program is still feasible, but in many places in regions such as Berlin, Bavaria, Saxony and Thuringia, it is no longer possible.

The immunologist Michael Meyer-Hermann described the expiry of the emergency situation as an “absurd decision”. In the ARD “Tagesthemen”, the expert from the Braunschweig Helmholtz Center for Infection Research also said that it was known from other countries that the 2G rule, i.e. access only for vaccinated and convalescent people, was not enough to curb the current increase Massive vaccination campaign does not help “to break this fourth wave immediately.” Effects are only visible in January or February. Nevertheless, vaccination remains the only chance to solve the corona problem. Either a person gets the virus or is vaccinated. The second option is the better choice.

For nursing homes and clinics, stricter test obligations for employees and visitors are initially planned. In addition, the federal states asked the federal government to introduce compulsory vaccinations for everyone who has contact with people who are particularly at risk. “I think that it should be a matter of course for us in health-related professions that we vaccinate ourselves, that we protect our patients in this regard,” said doctor Gérard Krause from the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Braunschweig on Thursday in an ARD Extra on the corona situation. Operators of such facilities have an obligation to their patients to ensure that the staff is vaccinated. “It is regrettable that this must now be introduced through compulsory vaccination. It should actually be a matter of course that the medical staff and also the nursing staff are vaccinated.” / Ags / DP / stk

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