Hospital alarm for “Omicron”

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If the predictions for the spread of the Omicron mutation are confirmed, the pressure on hospitals will escalate even further, according to the German Hospital Association (DKG).

If it is confirmed that Omicron is much more contagious than Delta and the “severity of infection” is at the same level, then the number of very serious cases will increase.

This would lead to an “unprecedented” aggravation of the situation in the hospitals, warns the president of DKV, Gerald Gus, to the German News Agency (dpa).

Earlier, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach had pointed out that Germany was on the verge of a fifth “strong” wave of the coronavirus pandemic. This conclusion follows from the rapid spread of the Omicron mutation in Great Britain and Denmark. This development can not be prevented.

The aim is to slow down the rate of spread of the variant and to save time for vaccinations, especially in terms of booster dose. Hence the importance of adhering to individual protection measures.

According to Lauterbach, who is also a professor of epidemiology, the protection rate of the third dose against Omicron is around 75%.

The consequences for those who have had a booster vaccine and still get sick will usually not be so severe that they will have to be taken to hospital. In this way the health system can be prevented from reaching its limits.

1/3 will not do Christmas with the unvaccinated

However, the latest developments have an impact on the behavior of citizens.

According to a YouGov poll, 35% of respondents say they will not meet uninvolved relatives and friends over the Christmas holidays. For a percentage of 15% it is important in the meetings to observe the protection measures and for 9% the negative test.

For 29% of respondents all this is irrelevant.

Significant losses due to the pandemic are recorded by the German Railways (Deutsche Bahn). According to the company, the bookings for the days of Christmas have decreased by 35-40% compared to Christmas 2019, when the coronavirus pandemic had not yet broken out.

Panagiotis Kouparanis, Berlin

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