In the east of Austria in particular, the intensive care units are full, other information cannot be correct, says Walter Hasibeder, the new President of the Austrian Society for Anesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care Medicine (ÖGARI). He also complains about a “muzzle exemption” for directors of intensive care units and warns of Covid-19 long-term consequences.
The eastern federal states had no choice but to order a short and hard lockdown to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, says Walter Hasibeder, medical director of anesthesia and surgical intensive care medicine at the St. Vinzenz hospital in Zams in Tyrol and the new president of the Austrian Society for Anaesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care Medicine (ÖGARI). “There is simply no alternative to this decision because of the full intensive care beds. Anything else would have been complete madness. ”His most important demand to the federal government as the new ÖGARI President:“ To get as many vaccines as possible as quickly as possible – no matter where from. In addition, a comprehensive vaccination campaign is needed to get close to herd immunity. ”Interview with Hasibeder.