D.he second wave seems to be slowly reaching its peak in Germany, the R value is almost permanently below or just above one. The November lockdown seems to be working. In the clinics, however, you don’t see anything of it yet, on the contrary, says intensive care doctor Stefan Kluge from the Eppendorf University Hospital in Hamburg.
The crisis team in his clinic meets several times a day to decide which treatments can still be carried out – and which can no longer be carried out. Nevertheless, by and large, he is happy with how the pandemic is being managed in this country. Even if the death rate in Germany is not falling as much as in Bergamo or New York.
WORLD: Mr. Kluge, Germany has been in lockdown light for almost three weeks – what is the situation on your Covid ward?
Stefan Kluge: We currently have 16 intensive care patients with Covid-19. Of these, 14 have to be ventilated, five of them are on the ECMO – the device that supplies the blood with oxygen outside the body.
WORLD: Do you notice that the situation on the ward is slowly easing – that is, that fewer patients come each day?
Wise: No, we don’t notice. On the contrary. But we didn’t expect that either. The lockdown measures do not affect the utilization of the clinics until three to four weeks later.
WORLD: If we keep the previous measures: Will our clinics make it?