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Only “moderate”: RKI downgrades corona risk


Transmission, severity of the disease, strain on resources: the most intensive time of the corona virus is over for the time being. The Robert Koch Institute is now also responding with an assessment – ​​but this is not final yet.

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Mask (symbolic image): Recommendations for protection against infection remain in place

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The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has downgraded the corona risk from high to moderate.

"The current risk from Covid-19 for the health of the population in Germany is assessed as moderate overall," says the Corona weekly report of the RKI on Thursday evening.

It had previously spoken of a high risk for a long time.

The RKI justifies the step on its website for risk assessment.

With the omicron variant, the disease is less severe, and there is also broad immunity among the population.

However, a re-upgrading if the situation worsens cannot be ruled out.

Recommendations for protection against infection

The RKI also advises implementing recommendations to protect against infection: For example, you should stay at home if you are sick, wear a mask indoors and ventilate frequently.

The background is also other respiratory pathogens, which are expected to become more widespread in the coming weeks.

On Thursday, the mask requirement in local public transport fell after around three years, in some federal states it had already fallen before.

This was one of the last remaining corona measures - but one can only speak of a Freedom Day to a limited extent.

Read more about it here .

Seven-day incidence increased nationwide

According to the RKI, older people with previous illnesses or a lack of immune protection have the greatest risk of severe courses.

Younger people could continue to develop long-term effects.

This means that avoiding a corona infection “basically makes sense”, it said.

Regarding the development of the corona cases confirmed in the laboratory and reported to the RKI, the RKI reports a slight increase at a low level for the past week.

The nationwide seven-day incidence increased by 16 percent compared to the week before, according to the weekly report.

The longer-lasting decline in the number of people treated in hospital with severe acute respiratory infections and a Covid 19 diagnosis has weakened somewhat.

According to the report, the number of Covid 19 intensive care patients continued to fall significantly.


Source: spiegel

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