Corona easing discussion: warning against the impatient

VBefore the federal-state consultations on Wednesday, there are increasing demands for less strict measures as well as warnings of a third wave of the pandemic that may be fueled by this.

Several medical associations are warning against premature and uncoordinated loosening of the lockdown. “It would be wrong to just open some areas because people are tired of lockdown,” said the chairwoman of the Federal Association of German Medical Services, Ute Teichert, of the “Rheinische Post”. Openings should only be made in conjunction with a targeted testing and tracking strategy, she warned. “Under no circumstances should we roll out the red carpet for the virus.” The task now is to regain control of the infection process. “The virus is still faster than our measures at the moment, we are just reacting. That has to change. ”Teichert therefore called for more tests in schools, in companies“ and also at the hairdresser’s ”. In addition, much more must be tested for variants of the coronavirus in order to get a better overview of their spread.

The Marburger Bund argued similarly. “The openings should be made slowly and gradually. It is important to wait for the consequences before taking the next step, ”said chairwoman Susanne Johna to the newspapers of the Funke media group. The risk of a third wave of infections with highly contagious virus variants does not only affect older patients, “also younger ones, especially those at risk”. “We’re talking about a quarter of the population here,” she said. If the third wave hits them comparatively unchecked, the number of Covid 19 patients in intensive care units will inevitably rise again.

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However, considerations about regular corona tests for schoolchildren also meet with criticism from doctors. “In our opinion, the high number of false negative and false positive results to be expected would do far more damage than good,” said the president of the professional association of paediatricians, Thomas Fischbach, of the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”. There is “a considerable risk” that the hygiene measures will no longer be observed after negative test results, because the pupils are lulled into a false sense of security. “In view of the many false negative results, this could lead to more infections than if it were not tested; that would be devastating. ”On the other hand, children would have to be unnecessarily quarantined if the results were false. In a discussion paper that is available to the dpa, the Federal Ministry of Health considers one or two tests per week for schoolchildren to be sensible.

Laschet, Haseloff and the hospitality industry want to relax

North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet advocated controlled opening steps without focusing on incidence values ​​instead of a long lockdown. “Concentrated security now applies instead of permanent closure,” said Laschet to the editorial network in Germany. The social, economic and psychological damage of the pandemic would have to be carefully weighed. The CDU chairman calls for a cautious opening with a whole range of protective measures and the better use of digital possibilities.


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