Many experts are certain.
If the willingness to vaccinate does not increase, a fourth wave can be expected in autumn.
However, fewer patients are expected in the intensive care units.
Berlin - Intensive care physicians expect fewer patients in the intensive care units in a new corona wave than in the recent peak.
"I am sure that the number of patients in the intensive care units and in the hospitals will not be as high in a fourth wave as in the third wave," said Stefan Kluge, board member of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (Divi) , the editorial network Germany (RND).
At the same time, however, he also said: “It's not over yet.” The delta version of the virus is much more contagious than it was a year ago.
"That's why not all rules, such as wearing a mask in supermarkets, should now be repealed."
The head of clinical epidemiology at the Braunschweig Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Berit Lange, pointed out another danger. "An additional concern is that other diseases will catch up," she said. "There are reports from Great Britain and the Netherlands that more young children in particular are infected with RSV, the respiratory syncytial virus, than in other years." If corona and influenza infections were on the rise, there could be overload again of the health system. The respiratory syncytial virus causes respiratory diseases, especially in young children. dpa