Rising corona numbers: hospital society advises flu vaccination

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The number of corona infections is already increasing. However, this trend is expected to intensify in autumn and winter. Gerald Gass from the hospital company does not want to speak of a new wave yet, but still advises precautionary measures.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has been recording an increasing number of cases of Covid-19 for weeks. According to the RKI report, the incidence values ​​are still very low, but due to fewer tests they are hardly comparable with the values ​​from the pandemic. There is also a new corona variant called BA.2.86, which also causes concerns among virologists. Utopia reported. The development also concerns Gerald Gass, the chairman of the board of directors of the hospital association (DKG). In an interview with the Rheinische Post, he assesses the current situation.

No new wave, but “catch-up effects”

According to consistent media reports, Gass refers to the increasing number of patients in the intensive care unit who have tested positive for Covid. Since there is no absolute immunity with Corona, there will also be “again and again outbreaks of infection”. However, this is currently still at such a low level “that we should not be talking about a wave,” according to the DKG chairman, according to reports.

Gass expects that with cooler temperatures there will be more illnesses again, and he doesn’t just mean Corona: “For autumn and winter we assume that, like last year, there will be further catch-up effects from other respiratory diseases. “

In order to prevent hospitals from being overloaded again, it is important “that as many people as possible get vaccinated against the flu”. Patients at risk and their relatives as well as employees in the healthcare sector should therefore keep their vaccination status for corona and influenza up to date.

Source used: Robert Koch Institute

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