The scientific dispute about Corona is lively. The virologist Sandra Ciesek believes less in the effectiveness of asthma spray – or sunny weather.
- Does an asthma spray help in the fight against the high corona numbers?
- The virologist now warns against too high hopes.
- In return, it calms people who are afraid of the side effects of a vaccination.
Frankfurt – A colleague of Karl Lauterbach cannot share his enthusiasm. Virologist Sandra Ciesek is skeptical that the budesonide asthma spray will be decisive in the fight against Covid-19. “I would not call it a ‘game changer'”, said the director of the Institute for Medical Virology at the Frankfurt University Hospital in the NDR podcast “The Coronavirus Update”.
SPD health expert Lauterbach called the Oxford University study published in “The Lancet” a possible “game changer”. “The results make clinical sense because the anti-inflammatory effect in the lungs can prevent the lung function from deteriorating,” tweeted the epidemiologist. There are also hardly any side effects.
Asthma spray crucial in the fight against corona? Ciesek contradicts Lauterbach
The study had “some weaknesses”, countered Ciesek: Few patients, no control group – but above all, the oxygen demand of the patients did not change after the administration of the spray. “Still, of course, it gives hope,” said Ciesek. It is possible that “there may be subgroups who benefit from it”.
In no case should people get budesonide on their own now. “Above all, you shouldn’t take it prophylactically before you even become infected, it wouldn’t do anything and would even be counterproductive.”
Ciesek would not place too much hope in UV rays and vitamin D. Vitamin D3 for the treatment of Covid-19 is no longer recommended in the guideline in German clinics. UV light makes pathogens harmless – but only if they are free in the room, not in human cells. “It is certainly not wrong for someone to sit on the balcony in the sun. I just wouldn’t expect much from it, ”says Ciesek.
Virologist Ciesek: The risk of corona vaccination is overestimated
On the other hand, according to Ciesek, the risk of vaccination side effects is overestimated in the population. This also applies to sinus vein thrombosis after vaccination with Astrazeneca – even for young people who rarely get seriously ill with Covid-19.
“That is certainly a problem: With all these media reports and the attention to this topic, your own risk of developing a thrombosis is actually overestimated,” said Ciesek in her latest podcast episode.
Ciesek pointed to a “risk calculator” from Cambridge University in England. For certain age groups, it compares the risk of severe Covid 19 disease and the risk of developing such a thrombosis after vaccination with Astrazeneca. The calculation clearly shows “that the vaccine is far safer than the risk of Covid 19 infection,” emphasized Ciesek.
Corona vaccine: Ciesek advises against consuming alcohol around the vaccination appointment
If the incidence is high, this conclusion applies even to younger people who have a relatively low risk of severe disease. For 20 to 30-year-olds, the risk of having to go to an intensive care unit with Covid-19 is twice as high as the risk of serious damage from the vaccine. In the age group between 60 and 70, this risk is more than 600 times higher.
According to the virologist, alcohol does not have a major impact on immune protection. However, it is not advisable to drink a lot of alcohol around a vaccination appointment. “After all, large amounts of alcohol are poison for the body. And if the body is busy with the immune defense after a vaccination, it should not be burdened with toxins as well. ” (dpa / frs)
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