Karl Lauterbach has adjusted his assessment of the danger of the Delta variant for children. Opposite Merkur.de the British health authority contradicts the SPD politician.
London – The seven-day incidence in Germany has been in the single digits for days. On Thursday morning (July 1), the Robert Koch Institute reported 5.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. In view of this low number of cases, the corona situation in Germany seems comparatively relaxed. However, experts like Karl Lauterbach are already warning – due to the spreading delta variant.
Corona: Lauterbach saw “worrying” numbers from Great Britain – “Covid also hits children hard”
The virus mutation, which was detected for the first time in India, is considered more contagious and is now also rampant in Germany. According to the RKI, at least every second corona infection is due to Delta. How strongly the mutation will affect the Federal Republic is currently unclear. However, Great Britain is repeatedly cited as a warning example. On the island, the delta variant recently caused a significant increase in the number of cases – even though almost half of the population in the United Kingdom is double-vaccinated.
At the beginning of June, SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach was therefore concerned: “The data from Great Britain on Covid in children are worrying,” wrote the politician on Twitter. “One percent of Covid children have to go to hospital. The proportion of children among hospital Covid patients is increasing. Covid also hits children hard. The discussion about vaccinations for children must not be ideological. “
Corona: Stiko only advises children to have a limited vaccination
Compared to the Rheinische Post Lauterbach therefore appealed to reconsider the recommendation for corona vaccinations for children if necessary. The Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) currently advises vaccinating children “who, due to previous illnesses, have an increased risk of a severe course of Covid-19 disease.” In a current statement, Stiko wrote on Thursday (July 1): ” Current study results from the United Kingdom show that the protection against the delta variant compared to the protection against other SARS-CoV-2 variants is similarly good in terms of preventing severe disease progression after the primary vaccination course has been completed. In contrast, the protection against the delta variant seems to be significantly reduced after just one vaccine dose. ”
It is unclear whether this assessment has an impact on vaccination for children. How dangerous the delta variant is ultimately for the youngest in society does not seem entirely clear anyway. In Great Britain, most Covid infections recently went back to 10 to 19 and 20 to 29 year olds, but younger people usually have a milder course of the disease.
Corona: British health authority clarifies – “the risk of children being hospitalized is not increasing”
Upon request from Merkur.de the British health authority Public Health England explains that no higher risk for children is currently apparent. “Hospitalization was lowest among children throughout the pandemic. Since hospital admissions for older people are declining as a result of the vaccination, the number of children in hospital will make up a larger proportion of all Covid-19 hospitalizations. “But:” The risk of children being hospitalized is not increasing. “
The resumption of school operations did nothing to change this view. “The appearance of the Delta variant and the complete reopening of schools has not led to a significant increase in children being hospitalized.” Because: “The vast majority of children and adolescents who contract Covid-19 will only have very mild symptoms and some will have no symptoms at all. ”Before that, Lauterbach’s statements had already been refuted by the ARD’s fact finder team.
Corona: Lauterbach adjusts assessment – “Delta is not a much bigger problem for children”
Compared to the Bild newspaper Lauterbach rowed back a little and explained: “The statement that significantly more children with Corona are going to hospital has not been confirmed within the last two weeks. Based on the data in England, the statement is not tenable. Thank God it doesn’t seem to be the case that children get more sick, but they get sick more often because they are not vaccinated. ”Contrary to previous assumptions, the delta variant would not change this view. “At this point in time, it has not been confirmed that the delta variant is a much bigger problem for children in the UK than the alpha variant.”
Andreas Gassen, CEO of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), criticized the scare tactics surrounding the virus mutation. “I think the debate is currently almost hysterical in parts,” Gassen said Editorial network Germany. “It is irresponsible to operate with end-time scenarios again and again.” The delta variant is likely to become the dominant mutant in this country by the end of July, said the KBV boss. “But that doesn’t mean we have to panic.” (as)