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Green health politician Dahmen warns of third wave: "If we are not careful, many younger people will die"

2021-03-03T11:25:27.351Z

Green health expert Janosch Dahmen fought the pandemic as a doctor. He considers an uncontrolled easing of the shutdown to be "madness" - Germany needs a dam against the third wave.



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A nurse takes care of a corona patient in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Ludwigsburg

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SPIEGEL:

Mr. Dahmen, the infections haven't been falling for a while.

Is this already the third wave?

Dahmen:

We are at the beginning of a third wave.

On the national German average, the seven-day incidence has increased slightly for several days.

But we have even more information: The mutant spreads with an R value of around 1.3, while the old variant had around 0.8 to 0.9 in January.

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Janosch Dahmen

, born in 1981, studied medicine, has been a member of the Bundestag for the Greens since November 2020.

He is a member of the health committee.

Before that, he worked in the medical management of the Berlin rescue service, also in the fight against corona.

SPIEGEL:

So the new variant behaves as expected based on British data?

Dahmen:

The German figures are completely identical to those from other European countries.

It will come as it was predicted.

SPIEGEL:

Under these circumstances, do we have time to observe the number of infections?

Dahmen:

Crisis management measures only work if they are implemented quickly, decisively and in a targeted manner.

We are at the beginning of a third wave and know from the previous two how fast the curve can climb.

Measures also lose their effectiveness: What is now sufficient to stop exponential growth will no longer be enough in a few weeks.

We would therefore be well advised to take steps to improve protection now.

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