Medical officers no longer see the incidence value as the most important factor in corona relaxation. The World Medical Association warns of an increasing R-value. And health expert Lauterbach wants to vaccinate faster.
According to a media report, Berlin’s medical officers unanimously demand that easing no longer be linked to general incidence values. It was “not expedient to couple containment measures to incidences of 20/35/50”, according to the “Tagesspiegel” (Monday) in a statement by all twelve medical officers for the Senate Chancellery. Instead, the doctors propose “intensive measures of infection prevention” for the elderly and the sick and, at the same time, a moderation of the measures for other groups such as school children.
“These incidences do not reflect the real infection process,” write the medical officers. The incidences are dependent on test capacities and people’s willingness to test. “This leads to fluctuations that do not reflect the infectious situation,” the newspaper quotes the doctors. An incidence analysis based on age groups is necessary as an “early warning system”. According to the “Tagesspiegel”, there was a “big difference” between the group of medical officers and whether there was a seven-day incidence of 50 people over 80 and all infected children were symptom-free children – or whether risk groups were particularly affected. Then you have to align the political measures.
World Medical Association boss against loosening
The chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, warns against loosening the situation in view of the increasing number of infections. “Anyone who talks about easing in times of rising R-values is acting absolutely irresponsibly,” says the doctor to the newspapers of the “Funke Mediengruppe” (Monday editions) according to a preliminary report. Because with every opening there is a significant increase in the numbers. “The incidence value shows where we are currently. The R value shows where we are going. A value well above 1.0 threatens exponential growth again – and that is exactly the case now.” The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) had given the nationwide seven-day R-value on Sunday afternoon as 1.10, which was the third time in a row that it was above the critical level of 1.0. The seven-day incidence also climbed again to over 60 cases per 100,000 population.
Lauterbach calls for faster vaccinations
The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach hopes that the vaccinations will be accelerated. He wrote on Twitter that the EU has the oldest population and that “this vaccination rate cannot be afforded for a long time in the beginning of the third wave”. That too, also because the B.1.1.7.-mutant is more deadly. “A game changer can only be a pragmatic first dose preference because deaths and hospital cases are massively reduced.”
Lauterbach would like to invest massively in the acquisition of quick tests for self-testing for students. Otherwise the schools would become hotspots for mutation outbreaks. And didn’t stay open for long.