Intensive care physicians warn: there will be more corona deaths again


Intensive care physicians warn: there will be more corona deaths again

Intensive care physicians expect more corona deaths

09/26/2020, 12:10 p.m. | AFP

An intensive care unit in Germany: "The number of deaths will continue to rise in the coming weeks." (Source: Ralph Lueger / imago images)

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The number of corona cases in Germany is increasing – the number of deaths has not yet occurred. Doctors expect more victims here too. They are also concerned about another development.

Intensive care physicians expect the number of corona deaths in Germany to continue to grow. "The number of deaths will continue to rise in the coming weeks", said the President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine (Divi), Uwe Janssens, the newspapers of the Funke media group on Saturday. The currently increasing number of Covid 19 deaths reflects the increasing number of infections over the past few weeks.

It usually takes ten to 14 days from the initial infection to a serious illness, and the average time in the intensive care unit is 21 to 24 days. It follows that many people who are now dying were infected more than five weeks ago. In the past few days, the number of deaths reported by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in connection with a corona infection has been in the double-digit range several times in a row.

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However, Janssens does not anticipate such a dramatic development as in spring: "The intensive care physicians today know much more about successful treatment options and can intervene more specifically with medication." In addition, those responsible had learned to better protect particularly vulnerable groups such as the elderly and the sick.

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Janssens emphasized that the balance of the pandemic did not only include immediate deaths. "In addition to the people who die from and with the corona virus, we must not forget those who continue to die because they do not dare to go into practices and clinics for fear of infection." The total number of indirect deaths will only be quantified years later, when all the long-term consequences of the pandemic can be estimated.

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