Lauterbach defends Corona course

Status: 11.01.2022 7:09 a.m.

Health Minister Lauterbach defended the German way of dealing with the corona pandemic. He rejected the fact that the rather strict measures resulted in more mental disorders than in other countries.

The stress caused by the corona pandemic causes mental disorders in some people. Studies have shown that. Are these problems more serious in Germany than in other countries due to the rather strict measures? Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has this in the ARD contradicted: “You have to be careful, the studies do not show that from my point of view,” said the SPD politician Hard but fair.

There are more mental disorders also in countries that have done less than Germany. He cited the USA as an example, where, in his opinion, a great many deaths could have been avoided. The disruptions are presumably more due to the corona situation as a whole than to the protective measures.

More problems in young people

According to a study by the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB), the number of adolescents showing signs of depression in the first corona lockdown in 2020 increased significantly. Before the pandemic, ten percent of adolescents aged 16 to 19 had depressive symptoms; at the end of the first lockdown it was 25 percent. Symptoms ranged from silent withdrawal to behavioral problems and eating disorders.

The Federal Ministry of Family Affairs also speaks of immense physical and emotional consequences for young people. This was shown by the results of various studies and participation formats for young people. According to the German Caritas Association, 1,500 young people were advised and accompanied in 2020. In the year before it was 1350. In the second lockdown from November 2020 to May 2021, a 30 percent increase in contacts was registered. This is “a strong indication of the pandemic-related need for support among young people”.

“The federal government is not available for this”

Lauterbach compared the measures in Germany with those in Great Britain and called the British government’s waiver of strict measures despite the explosion in the number of infections an “unethical bet”. The British course is out of the question because the vaccination rate in Germany, especially among older people, is much worse than that in Great Britain. “I would like a strategy like the one in England, which amounts to contamination without anyone wanting to call it that, I would never recommend such a strategy. And the federal government is not available for that either.”

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