Updated February 21, 2021 at 2:44 p.m.
- The president of the German intensive care physicians is optimistic: Gernot Marx believes that Germany could have the corona pandemic under control by autumn.
The prerequisite, however, is that almost all people get vaccinated. He therefore formulates an appeal.
The president of the German intensive care physicians, Gernot Marx, is confident that Germany can get the corona pandemic under control in the second half of the year. “If everyone is getting a good vaccination soon, it could be that we will have Corona under control at the end of the third quarter of 2021, in autumn,” said Marx of the “Augsburger Allgemeine”. “But that really requires that almost everyone be vaccinated. Otherwise, new mutants will emerge in the meantime.”
Medical officer appeals: “Get vaccinated”
The British mutant of the corona virus, which is much more contagious, is of concern. Like many others, Marx reckons that the corona numbers will therefore go up again: “We are assuming a third wave,” he said. “Our request is therefore: Get vaccinated – also with Astrazeneca.”
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The situation has eased noticeably compared to the highest level of the second wave,” said the designated managing director Gerald Gaß of “Welt”. At the beginning of January there were almost 6,000 intensive care patients and 25,000 patients in the infection wards, now there are 3,000 in the intensive care unit.
Clinics no longer overloaded
“That still requires increased protection against infection and great attention, but we are away from this maximum exposure. That makes me very satisfied,” said Gaß, who was also President of the DKG until the end of 2020. “We are now at a point where we can say: We are not overloaded.” (dpa / mcf)