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Corona incidence is increasing: who is particularly affected right now?

Can we now see the increasing numbers more calmly because some of the particularly vulnerable are already vaccinated?

To a certain extent. Most of the nursing homes are vaccinated. However, even among those over 80, only half have received the second vaccination. So even in the most vulnerable age group, not all are protected. But what can be said: There is already a certain relaxation among the over 80-year-olds, with the deaths, but also in the hospitals.

For a long time, the over 80-year-olds were the group who had to be treated the most for Covid-19 disease. Now it's the 60 to 80 year olds. That is now shifting a bit.

How do intensive care physicians see this? Intensive care physicians have now set up a prognosis tool. They say that if we loosen up relatively quickly now, then we will be at a level that we had in winter, only with younger people.

That in itself is not yet a problem. The intensive care units can do it. But there are more younger people who need treatment. That would be a worst-case scenario. But that is entirely possible.

What do you know about the age groups in which the infections take place?

The RKI is now taking a closer look. For politics in particular, the discussion of how to deal with easing measures is also important. The number of new infections is falling among those over 80. That is a very clear effect of the vaccinations. On the other hand, the 7-day incidence, the reported new infections, especially among 15 to 44 year olds, are increasing in other age groups.

The strongest increase is among the 0 to 14 year olds. This also has to do with the daycare centers. The level was of course very low during the closure phase. But that has doubled in the last four weeks.

What is the risk of severe disease for those under 70, many of whom have not yet been vaccinated?

Even among the younger ones, many belong to the risk group. The RKI speaks of at least 36 million people in Germany who have an increased risk of seriously contracting Covid-19. Of the 50 to 60 year olds, 40 to 50 percent have relevant pre-existing conditions that increase the risk. And the coronavirus variant discovered in the UK has increased the risk of dying as a result of COVID-19. In the 55- to 69-year-old patients, 0.9 percent died one month after diagnosis - according to a study in the journal Nature. In the case of high-risk patients, the risk is correspondingly higher in the age group.

Are there any new insights into the long-term effects of Covid-19? Who is this particularly affecting?

Who this particularly affects is still really difficult to pin down. But they did a relatively new analysis in California to look at people who don't have to go to hospital. These people had a positive test, but the symptoms were less severe. And of this group alone, 27 percent still really had relevant complaints after two months.

Most of them felt battered, had what is known as fatique syndrome. They were just people who didn't have to go to the hospital. That is a relevant part. The question is, how long will it take for these people to fully recover from the disease? There are also people among them who had no symptoms at all when the actual infection occurred. And only then noticed: Oh, something is wrong.