Medical Association already sees Germany in the second corona wave

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Medical Association already sees Germany in the second corona wave


Berlin. Clinics are prepared for a second wave, according to Susanne Johna. But the chairwoman of the Marburger Bund warns against wasting the success of the corona measures again.


 Protective masks in a shop window display.


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Protective masks in a shop window display.

The second corona wave, feared by many, has already been recorded in Germany, according to the Marburger Bund medical association. “We are already in a second, flat surge,” said association chairwoman Susanne Johna of the “Augsburger Allgemeine” (Tuesday). However, it is not comparable to the March and April figures. Nevertheless, the number of new infections increases. “So there is a danger that we will lose the successes that we have achieved in Germany so far in a combination of repression and longing for normality,” warned Johna.

The hospitals were prepared for a second wave, explained the head of the association. In contrast to the first wave, hospital beds should not be kept blank this time, but should be kept free according to need. “Because the pandemic is slowly building up, we have to provide graduated treatment options for Covid 19 patients, so we have to introduce a staggered timing,” said Johna.

In practice, according to the Marburg Federation, a lower number of intensive care beds is kept free in stage one. If these are occupied, stage two comes into force 24 hours later and the capacities in the intensive care units are expanded. “This continues step by step until you then exhaust all the intensive care capacities available for Covid 19 patients at the highest alarm and expansion level,” said Johna.

Johna urged them to comply with the hygiene rules and wear masks. She compared the mask with the introduction of the seat belt in the car, against which there was also violent resistance at the time. Today, many people felt patronized by a mouthguard requirement. But the opposite is the case: Just as the belt saves lives, “so does the mouthguard save lives,” emphasized the head of the association.

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