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In a confidential Spahn group: Expert warns of gloomy infection scenario - "Cannot be created"

2021-10-16T05:10:42.770Z

With the cold season, concerns about a combined wave of infections from the coronavirus and the flu increase. An expert warns of an overload in the intensive care units.



With the cold season, concerns about a combined wave of infections from the coronavirus and the flu increase.

An expert warns of an overload in the intensive care units.

Berlin - Experts repeatedly warn of a collapse in the health system.

Because they fear a combination of a corona and flu wave: a "twindemic".

The intensive care medicine association DIVI is also sounding the alarm.

According to

Bild.de,

the Cologne intensive care physician and DIVI expert Christian Karagiannidis warned of a double wave of infections in the expert group of Health Minister Jens Spahn.

Coronavirus and flu - expert warns: "This cannot be done"

According to this, up to 1,500 people would have to be treated in intensive care at the same time with a mild flu epidemic, with a severe flu epidemic even up to 3000. "That would be an extremely large amount and, in my opinion, not feasible," Karagiannidis told the newspaper.

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DIVI expert warns of an overload of the intensive care units due to a corona and flu wave.

© Ole Spata / dpa

In addition, the DIVI experts would get unusable intensive care beds in the clinics.

A survey of 650 chief and senior physicians showed that 35 percent of the so-called “low care” and around 20 percent of the “high care” intensive care beds are blocked due to a lack of staff in the intensive care units.

Some are only temporary, but a large part cannot be used permanently, according to

Bild

.

Flu and corona wave: Overloading of the hospitals threatens

The head of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler, and the Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn fear a "twinkle" and therefore called for the flu vaccination. Because there was almost no flu in Germany last year as a result of the partial lockdown, the risk of a flu epidemic this year is all the higher, said Spahn. 

Wiehler therefore warned: "We must therefore prevent too many Covid-19 cases and flu cases from occurring at the same time in autumn and winter." If many Covid 19 and many flu sufferers occur at the same time, the hospitals would be massively stressed RKI boss.

In principle, it is not foreseeable how difficult a flu wave will be.

Both diseases are a risk, especially for the elderly and chronically ill.

Wieler also emphasized that the number of Covid 19 cases will rise in autumn and winter.

This can also be observed in Bavaria.

The incidence there reached its highest level since May.

(dpa / jsch)

List of rubric lists: © Michele Tantussi / dpa

Source: merkur

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