The coronavirus incidence rises steadily in midsummer in Germany. But: what effects does this have on the intensive care units? A classification.
Munich – Germany is spellbound in the coronavirus pandemic at the seven-day incidence and the development due to the delta variant. After all, autumn is not far away, and with it the cold season in which, according to experts, the number of corona infections should rise again in Germany.
Corona pandemic in Germany: the situation in the intensive care units should become a guideline
As of Tuesday, August 3, 7 a.m., the 7-day incidence nationwide was 17.9 according to the federal government and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). There were also 19 more deaths related to Covid-19. The number of people currently infected was 23,900 at the same time. For comparison: On December 25, 2020, 377,300 infected people were reported at the same time. So it is currently significantly less than at the peak of the second wave in April and May. And that despite the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant in the middle of the vacation time in Germany.
|Corona intensive care patients in Germany:|
|August 3, 2021||379|
|April 26, 2021||5127|
|March 8, 2021||2870|
|January 3, 2021||5772|
Source: DIVI intensive register
But: In relation to the reported infected, the number of intensive care patients is 1.6 percent. In comparison, it is roughly the same as it was around Christmas, when there was no vaccination yet. Virologist Christian Drosten recently tried to classify in the NDR podcast that the corona patients will continue to be in the intensive care units despite the vaccination campaign by stating that the patients are primarily unvaccinated.
What is certain is that the assessment of the situation should no longer focus on the seven-day incidence in the future. This has recently been confirmed by top politicians such as Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), which is why Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has moved the upcoming Prime Minister’s Conference (MPK) together with the state leaders to August 10.
Corona pandemic in Germany: clinic occupancy and hospitalization soon to be a guideline?
“We don’t want a lockdown anymore. Anyone who is second vaccinated must be given access to shops, regardless of the incidence, ”said Söder, for example in the ZDF. Not only the 54-year-old Franconian is calling for new criteria for measures and rules in the pandemic. Again and again, especially by doctors themselves, the situation in the German intensive care units is cited as a guideline. So the RKI plans out loud pictureto use hospitalization as an additional headline indicator. And the German Hospital Society (DKG) advocates a mix of different indicators. That counts out loud Editorial network Germany (RND) the clinic occupancy by Covid-19 sufferers.
In the video: Corona infection numbers in Germany on August 3
If you look at the intensive care units at the beginning of August, it is noticeable that there are still a number of, but much fewer, corona sufferers in the intensive care beds. According to the DIVI intensive care register, 379 corona intensive care patients were recorded on August 3.
For comparison: On April 27, there were meanwhile a peak of 5,057 patients with coronavirus infections in intensive care units in Germany. On January 3, shortly after New Year’s Eve, there were even 5,772 people infected with corona.
Corona pandemic in Germany: The situation in the intensive care units has relaxed – despite the Delta variant
As can also be seen from the DIVI intensive care register, the proportion of Covid 19 patients in the total number of intensive care beds in the federal states was between 0.9 percent (Schleswig-Holstein) and 3.6 percent (Berlin) on August 3. Medical experts had recently stated repeatedly that the vaccinations against the coronavirus significantly alleviate the course of serious illnesses or even deaths. Among other things, SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach had assessed a study from Singapore with a view to the Delta variant. (pm)