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“Unacceptable blind flight”: Doctors call for more precise corona monitoring

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Saturday 15 January 2022

“Unacceptable blind flight” Doctor calls for more precise corona monitoring

The omicron wave has not yet made itself felt in the intensive care units. But experts see no reason to give the all-clear. Intensive care physician Karagiannidis is therefore calling for better registration of corona patients in the clinics.
Intensive care physician Christian Karagiannidis is pushing for better registration of corona patients in hospitals. “The situation on the normal wards in Germany can become particularly dramatic if the number of cases continues to go through the roof,” said the scientific director of the intensive care register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) of the “Rheinische Post”. “We finally need monitoring that, like the intensive care register, reliably records hospital patients infected with corona. So far, this has been an unacceptable blind flight that we can no longer afford.” The federal government must quickly remedy the situation, said Karagiannidis. The omicron wave has not yet had an impact on the intensive care units in Germany. According to the latest DIVI data, the number of people infected with corona treated there fell just below the 3000 mark for the first time since mid-November. The trend is also declining in the number of reported first-time admissions. However, experts see no reason to give the all-clear, among other things because of open questions about Omikron and an expected further increase in infections. DIVI President Gernot Marx told the editorial network Germany that people under the age of 35 are currently mainly infected with omicron. “These develop a severe course much less frequently than older people, so they are not yet or only occasionally patients in our intensive care units.” According to Marx, it is expected that compared to the Delta variant, in which around 0.8 percent of all infected people had to be treated in intensive care, significantly fewer people who tested positive would take such a severe course. “Should the incidences increase sharply due to the very rapid spread, that is of course still a problem,” he warned. “So we hope that the number of Covid 19 patients can still drop significantly before the next wave comes.”



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