Berlin (dpa / bb) – According to an analysis by AOK Nordost, the protective measures in the corona pandemic severely slowed down other infectious diseases in autumn. For the cash register, this is proof that many people in Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania adhere to the rules in the partial lockdown. Even if the corona numbers are still much too high in many places – in the case of flu or bronchitis, the statistics show effects that cannot be related to coincidences alone for the health insurance company.
From the end of September to mid-November, 50 percent fewer AOK insured people in the northeast were on sick leave due to flu, as the health insurance company announced on Sunday. However, more people are likely to have been vaccinated against influenza. There are no figures on this for the region yet.
Everyday masks, frequent hand washing and distance commands apparently keep other infectious diseases in check more often than before: According to the AOK, sick leave due to gastrointestinal infections and pneumonia fell by a good third. In acute bronchitis they even decreased by more than half.
In the first weeks of the partial lockdown in Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, this trend was even more pronounced than in the capital. One possible explanation is that even with contact restrictions, more people still meet in Berlin than in large-scale countries, for example in local public transport.
In total, the AOK analysis includes more than 63,000 sick leave from Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Around every fourth inhabitant of these federal states is insured with her according to the AOK. For the comparison periods, the fund used data from 2017, 2018 and 2019.