What do we expect considering COVID-19 in the coming months? There will most certainly be an increase in disease activity in the northern hemisphere in the following fall/winter …
What do we expect considering COVID-19 in the coming months?
There will most certainly be an increase in disease activity in the northern hemisphere in the following fall/winter months. Because of the colder temperatures there will be increased transmission as more people stay indoors.
We might get into a difficult phase if the numbers of COVID-patients increase and simultaneously multiple cases of the common cold emerge. Differentiation between the diseases is only possible by performing a swab, meaning that quarantine might be imposed on a lot of people with flu-like symptoms in order to prevent further spread. Capacity of doctor's offices /practices will be strained by far.
Our task will be to prevent the spread of infections within our premises, to cope with the large number of patients and to adequately care for everybody affected. During that time, mutual respect and tolerance will be required by each and every one.
We ask patients at risk for complications of influenza infections (everybody older than 60 and patients with chronic diseases) to get a flu shot! We'll have the vaccine ready by the end of September (there is a more detailled article in the same section of our webpage concerning flu vaccination).
Because of the worldwide spread of COVID-infections travel activity will continue to be restrained to a very large extent until an effective vaccination is available. Please consult information on the internet before planning to travel, i.e. from Auswärtiges Amt.
Generally speaking, as infectious diseases specialists we think that a majority of German politicians and the German medical community (public health institutions, hospitals and practices) have done a good job fighting Coronavirus. We trust the measures imposed by our government and are willing to support them whereever possible. As physicians we're glad to be able to play an active part in controlling the epidemic!
About the need to wear face coverings:
A multitude of international studies was able to show the extent of protection provided by mouth-nose-masks and the contribution to controlling the spread of Coronavirus. We therefore explicitly support the government agencies asking for use of face masks during close contact with other people. Most certainly, we ask you to wear a mask during your stay at our practice.
COVID-cases in our practice:
Corresponding to nationwide epidemiologic data we have seen a small surge in positive COVID-tests done at our practice during the last couple of weeks. Most of those patients have traveled to risk areas abroad. By screening all of our patients and separate waiting areas for people at risk we were able to reduce contact between patients and have minimized infection risk within our practice.
German Corona tracing app:
We ask all of our patients to install the German tracing-app. The more people follow this advice, the easier the identification of people at risk. Data protection requirements have largely been met. Support our agencies in their important work with this app.
We are able to screen for infection by performing a throat/nose swab if you have been informed of possible risk encounters by our app.