Call the health department or take a test?
You have to do this if the Corona warning app lights up red and indicates an increased risk.
Munich - Not only the incidences, but also the red displays of the Corona warning app are skyrocketing across Germany.
The Corona app reported over 70,000 cases last week - every day.
At the same time, the 7-day incidence in Germany is currently 332,493, according to the Robert Koch Institute (as of November 23).
But what should actually be done if the app shows a red warning?
Corona warning app lights up red: This should be done now
Christoph Spinner, infectiologist and senior physician at the Munich clinic on the right of the Isar knows clear answers: A report to the health department is not necessary for the time being, he explained to the portal
. Instead, it is important to do a corona test about a week after the risk encounter displayed in the app. If symptoms such as cough, runny nose or fever occur in advance, the doctor recommends getting tested directly.
Spinner also points out that it is generally better to undergo a PCR test, as these are far more reliable and more accurate than antigen tests.
In addition, in the event of a warning from the Corona app, it is advisable to reduce your contacts.
This applies equally to the unvaccinated, recovered and vaccinated.
Because even if the vaccination reduces the likelihood of an infection with the coronavirus, the protective effect decreases over time.
According to the doctor, a report to the health department is only necessary if the PCR or antigen test is positive.
Corona in Germany: Warning app has been able to interrupt around 300,000 chains of infection so far
Last year, the official Corona Warning App (CWA) was not considered effective and was described by Prime Minister Markus Söder as a "toothless tiger".
Now that the corona situation in Germany is drastically worsening, the app could possibly help to get the fourth wave under control.
The CWA has now warned around 710,000 people of a dangerous risk encounter - and has thus been able to interrupt an estimated 300,000 chains of infection.
The app has now been downloaded by 36.3 million people.
It uses Bluetooth to record which smartphones have come close to each other and then notifies users of risky encounters.