Corona: Support for the incidence rate is crumbling among medical officers



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Dhe health department manager Nicoletta Wischnewski gets right to the point. “You know, an incidence of 35 can either be a big problem or completely harmless – that depends mainly on who is infected and how high the risk of an illness is,” the medical officer says on the phone.

Wischnewski heads the health department in the Berlin district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and is spokeswoman for the capital’s twelve medical officers. Together they have written a statement to the Berlin Senate, in which they demand a move away from the general orientation towards incidence values.

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It is fundamentally not expedient to link containment measures “to incidences of 20, 35, 50 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants”, says the paper, which WELT is available and which the “Tagesspiegel” first reported.


 The  incidences do not reflect the actual infection process, as they are dependent, among other things, on test capacities and the public’s willingness to test. ©

 The  health authorities have “long ago” prioritized their measures based on the possible consequences of those affected.

© The  existing system is inadequate

It makes a difference whether it is asymptomatic individual cases or, for example, outbreaks in old people’s homes and hospitals with an increased risk of mortality. Head of Department Wischnewski illustrates the development with an example from her district: “Because of the vaccinations, we now have significantly fewer outbreaks in old people’s and nursing homes and have found ourselves in relatively calm waters.” 55 lies.

According to Wischnewski, the already existing Berlin traffic light system is insufficient as a guide. It is important to include the age structure, the symptoms and the number of tests – in each district or district individually. “We have to do the job of evaluating this locally.” Compared to the first wave, more symptomless people are currently included in the statistics, which have tested positive for Covid, but do not become seriously ill – and therefore do not burden the medical system. “If you look broadly, you will find a lot.”

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But is the Berlin idea a possible path for the entire republic? Ute Teichert, chairwoman of the Federal Association of Doctors in the Public Health Service, is skeptical. “I can understand the wishes of my colleagues in Berlin from a technical point of view, but I don’t believe that they can be used across Germany,” said Teichert WELT.

At the beginning of the pandemic, she also criticized the 50s incidence as a target, but has now moved away from it. “A clear benchmark for coping with pandemics is very important for social interaction.”


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“Unfortunately, the employees of the health authorities are not always part of the district administrators’ crisis team,” says Teichert

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