Status: 01/15/2022 08:25 a.m
The seven-day incidence has reached a new high of 479.1 – although the omicron wave has not yet had an effect on the intensive care units, according to doctors. This is probably due to the large number of young people infected.
The incidence of new corona infections in Germany has reached a high. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the nationwide seven-day incidence in the morning at 497.1. The previous maximum of 470.6 new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants within one week was reported yesterday.
On Saturday last week, the seven-day incidence was 335.9. The RKI gave the number of new infections detected today as 78,022. The day before, a new nationwide daily high was reached with 92,223 cases.
Omikron does not yet pose any problems for intensive care units
The intensive care physicians have not yet seen any effects of the omicron wave on the intensive care units. “We are currently unable to identify the omicron wave in the intensive care units,” said Gernot Marx, President of the Intensive Care Register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI), the editorial network Germany. “Fortunately, when it comes to Covid-19 patients, we can continue to report declining numbers.”
On Thursday, the wards fell just below the 3,000 Covid patient mark for the first time since mid-November. Marx emphasized that it is currently mainly younger people under the age of 35 who are 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,” warned Marx.
Comprehensive corona monitoring required in 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 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.
Discussion about fourth vaccination
The Munich expert Clemens Wendtner warned that a fourth corona vaccination should be prepared quickly – with the available vaccines. “For me, a fourth vaccination four to six months after the third vaccination would be an adequate measure,” said the chief physician of infectiology at the Munich Clinic Schwabing of the dpa news agency.
At the same time, however, he pointed out that due to a lack of data there is still no recommendation from the Standing Vaccination Commission for a fourth vaccination. It is often said that one wants to wait for the adapted Omikron vaccine. “But I’m afraid that will take too long,” said Wendtner. New vaccines are not to be expected before April – but the Omicron wave is now rolling in.