Experts expect a corona vaccine in the coming year. However, that does not mean a quick return to normalcy. The AHA rules will stay with us even longer.According to the Robert Koch Institute, everyday life in Germany must initially remain restricted, even with the introduction of a corona vaccine – including wearing masks and distance requirements.
The RKI pointed this out in a strategy paper published on Tuesday.
Accordingly, one or more vaccines are expected to be available in the coming year – and the fight against Coronavirus improve decisively.
Being together is still limited
However, such a remedy should only be available in limited quantities at the beginning and particularly benefit risk groups. That is why “certain modifications of being together” are still important.
The RKI understands this to mean keeping your distance, observing hygiene rules, wearing a mask, ventilating and relocating leisure activities outside, if possible.
A similar paper was published two months ago, in which earlier availability of a vaccine was considered possible.
The RKI withdrew this paper a few hours later because it was an outdated version.
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The Corona timetable is set
In the document now presented, the RKI formulates strategic goals: The focus is on minimizing the spread and the health effects of the pandemic, while social and economic life should be impaired as little as possible.
“In dealing with Covid-19, we need temporally and regionally limited measures in the coming weeks and months that are adapted to the respective risk,” said RKI President Lothar Wieler.
Overloading the health system, long-term effects of the disease and deaths should be avoided as far as possible, according to the paper.
Schools, daycare centers and travel
The RKI also deals with schools and daycare centers: Previous findings clearly showed that “educational institutions are one of the places that have a role in the infection process”. Nevertheless, it is important to keep them open by adhering to hygiene concepts.
With a view to travel, the RKI writes: “Increased mobility (professional or private travel activities) means increased risk.”
However, the risk does not primarily depend on the place of travel, but essentially on the behavior of the individual in an area with virus transmission.
Vaccinate risk groups widely
The RKI advocates vaccinating high-risk groups against influenza and pneumococci. “Vaccines against other respiratory diseases will play a decisive role in pandemic control in the coming months, especially in the cold season.”
This could protect people and relieve the health system.