Norbert Blüm dead: ex-employment minister died at 84 – politics

Former Labor and Social Affairs Minister Norbert Blüm is dead.

The CDU politician died at the age of 84, his son told the German Press Agency. The family initially did not provide any further information.

Since 2019, Blüm was paralyzed due to blood poisoning on the arms and legs and was in a wheelchair.

On March 12, Blüm wrote in a guest article for “Zeit” about his paralysis: “I feel like a puppet who has pulled the strings so that its parts dangle unrelatedly in the air.”

Blüm dictated the text to his wife. “Trifles become problematic cases. An itch just irritates me under the left eye. In the past I would have removed the itching with a hand stroke. My hand can’t do it today. And so I have to wait patiently until the stimulus gives up. “

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Norbert Blüm with his son Christian Blüm, the drummer of the Cologne cult band Brings, at a talk show in 2016Photo: www.breuel-bild.de

An exceptional career

Blüm was the only minister to accompany Chancellor Helmut Kohl throughout the 16 years of his reign (1982-1998) in the cabinet.

In the black and yellow coalition, depending on the political location, it was considered a “social conscience” or “social fig leaf”. His most sustainable achievement was the introduction of long-term care insurance in 1995.

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1993: The then Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl (CDU) and the then Minister of Labor Norbert Blüm – he accompanied the chancellor of the unit for 16 yearsPhoto: Tim Brakemeier / dpa

When Helmut Kohl became Chancellor in 1982, he called his companion Blüm to his cabinet as Minister of Labor and Social Affairs. From then on, Blüm was able to operate and operate in the machine room of the welfare state for 16 years quite independently, because as a representative of the CDU workers wing he was one of the pillars of Kohl’s power system.

His relationship with Kohl had deep cracks as early as 1989 when he, together with Rita Süssmuth and the former general secretary Heiner Geißler, tried to overthrow the CDU leader, who was extremely unpopular at the time.

Instead, they wanted to help the popular Baden-Württemberg Prime Minister Lothar Späth to power. But he shrank from throwing his hat into the ring. Then the wall fell, and the cabbage, previously mocked as “pear”, mutated into “Chancellor of Unity”.

The complete break came in the course of the CDU donation scandal in 1999/2000, when Blüm criticized his former sponsor with clear – perhaps overly clear – words. From then on, the two of them never spoke again.

The pension is secure

Long-term care insurance, which was introduced in 1995 against considerable resistance, remains associated with his name. In 1986 he posted his later mantra, originally not “The pension is secure”, but “Because one thing is certain: the pension”. By the way, Helmut Schmidt had said that before him, too, from time to time.

The shortened sentence “The pension is safe” became a proverb.

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Companion: most important social minister in Germany

The death of Norbert Blüm also grieves his political companions.

The former Federal Ministers Volker Rühe (CDU) and Otto Schily (SPD) honored Norbert Blüm towards BILD as the most important labor and social minister in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Former CDU General Secretary and Federal Defense Minister Volker Rühe was deeply moved: “I was already very sad when I learned of Norbert Blüm’s paralysis weeks ago, the more I mourn now. He was a longtime and really significant companion of my life and politics. Norbert Blüm is the most important Minister of Labor and Social Affairs in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. I will miss him very much. “

Otto Schily, former Federal Minister of the Interior, told BILD: “Norbert Blüm was undoubtedly one of the, if not the most prominent, social politicians in Germany. One who also enjoyed a high reputation among his political opponents, not least because of his humorous reasoning. Norbert Blüm was shaped by his basic Christian belief. He had an authentic Christian foundation, that was not a foil for him. Let us bow to this great politician and great person. I wish him the best of luck on his new journey. ”

Norbert Blüm – his life

The worker son from Rüsselsheim (born July 21, 1935) was a trained toolmaker. He did his Abitur at the evening high school, studied philosophy, history and theology.

His political foster father, the CDU social politician Hans Katzer (1919-1996), made the committed IG Metall member 1968 the chief executive of the CDU social committees. From 1977 onwards, Blüm headed the Christian Democratic Workforce (CDA) for ten years.

After retiring from federal politics, Blüm continued to be socially involved, wrote books, appeared as a talk show guest on television and even did cabaret.

Blüm had been married to Marita Blüm since 1964, whom he had met during his studies. The couple had three children: two daughters and son Christian, who is a member of the Kölschrock band Brings.

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The married couple Marita Blüm and Norbert Blüm Photo: Agency People Image

At the end of his life, the family became even more important to him: after blood poisoning, he had been paralyzed on his arms and legs since 2019 and was in a wheelchair. He only made the paralysis public a few weeks ago. “Like a thief in the night, mischief broke out in my life in the form of an insidious blood poisoning,” he dictated to his wife for a contribution in “Die Zeit”. Even a small itch under the eye could become a problem for him because he could no longer scratch himself.

“In the wheelchair horizon, the review is different than in the conventional panoramic view,” he said. “What was important, what was meaningless? The point of view changes with the location. ”He was now completely on his own, without the public’s sounding board. “The disease destroys our omnipotence fantasies and dampens our hidden arrogance. All prestige vehicles, medals and decorations lose their meaning. “

Blüm did not lose his courage to live even through this stroke of fate. In fact, he enjoys a privileged status, he said: “I live like God in France.” He is served around the clock, once again the family is his refuge.

He wanted to die like his father. His last sentence had been: “It was all very nice.”

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Corona: Bundesliga ghost games according to Söder and Laschet possible again from May 9

Is there still hope for a Bundesliga sequel?

At the big Bundesliga summit at BILD Live, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (53 / CSU) and North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (59 / CDU) spoke out in favor of a Bundesliga comeback from May 9.

Laschet said in an interview with BILD boss Julian Reichelt and BILD head of sports Matthias Brügelmann: “The prerequisite is that there is a well thought-out concept. What the DFL has presented these days shows that protective measures are in place. I could imagine that we can go back to the state of the ghost games. ”

Söder: “It is a tightrope walk. We now have to be careful not to overdo it or be frivolous. Games with audience participation are completely unthinkable. Ghost games are also a tightrope walk. It is conceivable that we might be able to play such a ghost round at the earliest from May 9th. ”It is clear:“ A weekend with football is much more bearable than a weekend without football. ”

Söder also wants the Robert Koch Institute to secure the possible Bundesliga comeback: “I would like the RKI to take another look.”

Because of the corona pandemic, the DFL had put the continuation of the season on hold after the 25th match day until further notice. Leader of the standings at the time of the interruption: Bayern Munich (55 points) ahead of Borussia Dortmund (51) and RB Leipzig (50). Fortuna Düsseldorf (22) is currently on the relegation site in front of Werder Bremen (18) and SC Paderborn (16).

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Corona: These symptoms of a virus infection are well known – guide

Cough, sneeze, fever. These are the most common symptoms of coronavirus infection. But the longer we have the pandemic under control, the more signs are known.

Now doctors believe that bruises on toes could indicate corona. Children and adolescents in particular appear to be developing strange bruises as one of the first Covid 19 traits. Read more about this here

What are the most typical symptoms?

It usually goes with dry cough and fever. By then the infected person is already contagious!

Dr. Susanne Huggett: “Coughing, body aches, runny nose, feeling sick – the tricky thing about the virus is that it is precisely these symptoms that make it noticeable. So like a classic flu. ”

However, that increases fever slower than with flu and remains constant for longer. Slight complaints usually subside after ten to 14 days. This is the case in around 80 percent of cases.

In the case of more serious illnesses, there are strong ones Shortness of breath. Then the pathogen also reached the lower respiratory tract, causing one there lung infection. However, if the pathogen spreads into the lower respiratory tract, the course is significantly more severe, known as atypical pneumonia. Those who even need treatment in the clinic can take up to six weeks to recover.

More symptoms?

According to British scientists, many infected people lose theirs Sense of taste and smell. In a study with a symptom tracker app, almost 60 percent of corona sufferers reported a loss of both senses.

Tim Spector of London’s King’s College: “When combined with other symptoms, people with odor and taste loss seem to be three times more likely to become ill and should isolate themselves for seven days to reduce the spread of the disease.”

Also one Myocarditis (Myocarditis) can be an indication of a Covid 19 disease, as the “Ärzteblatt” now reports. There have been reports of patients who had suffered severe heart muscle damage as a result of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Conjunctivitis caused by coronaviruses?

When the eyes are red, itchy and watery, this is a very typical reaction of the conjunctiva. It usually reacts to pollen that triggers an allergic reaction or to intruders such as bacteria or viruses that can cause an infection.

American Media reports however, red, itchy, and watery eyes could also be an early symptom of infection with the new corona virus. According to this, there are several reports that suggest that the virus can cause mild conjunctivitis that is otherwise indistinguishable from other viral causes.

American ophthalmologists assume that coronaviruses can also get into the eye and trigger an infection there. They recommend that the doctors treating patients not only protect the mouth and nose, but also the eyes.

However, the doctors also write that pure conjunctivitis only rarely indicates Covid-19. If a patient has an additional fever and cough, then yes.

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How likely is it to get infected in everyday activities that are still allowed?

In the supermarket, for example, the risk of infection is rather low.

Virologist Hendrik Streeck from the University of Bonn says: “There is no danger of infecting someone else while shopping.” The serious infections had occurred “at après-ski in Ischgl, at the party in Berlin, at football games in Bergamo”. “It didn’t come from any supermarket, butcher’s shop or restaurant. It came from being together for a long time. “

The risk is also comparatively small when jogging or walking.

Lung specialist Susanne Huggett: “I have a lot of air in the great outdoors and the wind quickly blows the droplets away. Everyone should do their sport and if you jog past each other there is no risk of infection. ”

BUT: You should avoid chatting with your neighbors or people you meet along the way. Because by speaking, the droplets with the viruses get into the air.

How is the corona virus transmitted?

Mainly as a droplet infection. Directly from person to person when sneezing or coughingif traces of the liquid get on the mucous membranes of another person. The virus mainly reproduces in the throat.

Also an indirect transmission via the hands is possible if a person touches his mouth, nose or eyes who has previously touched a contaminated doorknob.


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When is the most dangerous coronavirus?

Scientists from the Institute of Microbiology of the Bundeswehr (IMB), the Berlin Charité and the Munich Clinic Schwabing have jointly researched the question of when COVID-19 patients should be released from the hospital at the earliest. In a study with nine patients of the so-called Munich case group the experts were able to observe exciting details about the corona virus, the risk of infection and the course of the infection:

  • According to the study, how contagious a COVID-19 patient is depends on the amount of virus in the throat or lungs!
  • This was very high in the first week after the symptoms started.

At that time, large amounts of the virus genome were also found in the cough sputum. For senior physician private lecturer Dr. Roman Wölfel, head of the Bundeswehr Institute for Microbiology, and one of the first authors of the study, says that the proliferation of viruses in the throat is one of the main reasons why the coronavirus spreads so quickly.

Because this is where the virus is dangerous! Some infected people did not initially notice that they were already infectious because they had no symptoms at the time.

For Wölfel, this is an important factor in deciding when a patient can be released from the hospital at the earliest if there is a lack of bed capacity and time pressure:

  • From the eighth day, the tide turns! “If the COVID-19 patients we examined were ill for more than eight days, we could no longer grow coronavirus from the samples in cell cultures,” said Wölfel. This observation is also related to the body’s immune response, which produces antibodies to the virus from day eight.

This is how the scientists proceeded

In the patients, smears from the nasopharynx and samples of the cough sputum were taken daily over the entire course of the infection. In addition, the researchers collected stool, blood and urine samples whenever possible and sensible. All samples were analyzed independently of one another in two laboratories for the novel corona virus: in the Institute of Virology at the Charité Mitte campus in Berlin and in the Bundeswehr Institute for Microbiology in Munich.

How long does it take for the virus to break out?

The time from infection to onset is called incubation period. Since COVID-19 is a new type of virus, the duration of the incubation period is still controversial. According to current knowledge, it is five to 14 days before the first symptoms appear.


Explanatory graphic: Overview of the main subspecies of the corona virus - infographic

How does an infection go?

The majority of those infected feel little or nothing. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), this is the case for 80 percent of diseases. Other sufferers die. The infectious disease Covid-19 is tricky. The mild illnesses last on average two weeks, the serious illnesses up to six weeks.

Who is the corona virus dangerous for?

Men are at higher risk of dying from coronavirus infection than women. This was the result of an analysis by the Chinese authorities of more than 44,000 infected people. And: the older the patient, the higher the risk of death! From the age of 50 it increases significantly, people from the age of 80 are most at risk.

However, it turns out that younger people can also be massively affected and end up in intensive care units.

How dangerous is the virus for children?

Unlike many European neighbors, Iceland had largely left schools and daycare centers open, albeit with restrictions. Research has now found that children may be less affected by the coronavirus than adults.

Researchers led by Kári Stefánsson from the Icelandic company deCODE Genetics in Reykjavik examined around 13,000 people in population-based tests. 0.6 percent of the women and 0.9 percent of the men were infected. There was no positive result in children under the age of 10, and it was 0.8 percent in people aged 10 and over, according to the journal New England Journal of Medicine.

Previously, other analyzes had indicated a comparatively low participation of children in the infection process. Children have only a very small proportion of the Covid 19 cases recorded, according to the EU health authority ECDC. Only around one percent of the cases are recorded in children under 10 years, four percent in 10- to 19-year-olds. Children seem just as likely to be infected as adults, but have a much lower risk than adults of developing symptoms or becoming seriously ill. There are still uncertainties regarding the extent to which infected children with little or no symptoms can infect other people.

Regardless of age, people with previous illnesses are also significantly more at risk. For example, people with various lung diseases or smokers are affected:


Coronavirus: Covid 19 diseases by age group and gender in Germany (statistics) - info.BILD.de

What should I do if I suspect Corona?

The important thing is: Do not just go to your doctor, but call him beforehand. He will tell you exactly what to do and whether a test is appropriate. Not everyone who shows cold symptoms is automatically tested:

Once I have Corona, will I be immune?

Controversial! No, says doctor Dr. Wimmer: “We suspect that it’s like the flu. The viruses are constantly changing, and the corona virus does the same. If I had Corona this year, I can get it again next year. It’s different if I had it a few weeks ago – the viruses don’t change that quickly. ”

The RKI on the other hand: According to current knowledge, you become immune to the virus if you have already been infected. Likewise Prof. Klaus-Dieter Zastrow, chief physician of the Hygiene Institute Berlin: “Yes, you are immune after an infection. But whether it is for life or whether the immunization ends again cannot be said at the moment. “


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Can animals also be carriers?

Yes! “The virus comes from animals (bats), was transmitted to humans and then managed to be transmitted from person to person. There were e.g. in China a corona patient who has a dog – and viruses were also found in the animal. But the dog was not sick, ”said Wimmer.

There is currently no evidence that pets such as dogs or cats can become infected with the virus. However, the viruses can sit on them, so you should wash your hands after contact.

And: It is not yet possible to say whether the animals of the corona patients should also be quarantined.

How can I protect myself from infection?

But how can I avoid getting infected at all? A vaccine is still a long way off, but it is important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and keep your distance.

Avoid all social contact if possible. These rules apply immediately in Germany:


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Occupational safety and corona: which rules apply in the job? – Economy

“Anyone who works in these special times also needs special protection.” (Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil, SPD)

Before more shops are allowed to open again in the coming week, the federal government has drawn up new rules for more infection protection at the workplace. The role models are the supermarkets, which protect their employees from possible infection with adhesive strips and plexiglass panes at the checkouts.

The fact is: Due to the corona crisis, all employees in Germany have to adjust to stricter hygiene and infection protection regulations at work. In the future, new rules will apply to the gradual return to work, nationwide.

The Federal Cabinet has decided on these rules:

Minimum distance

A distance of at least 1.5 meters from other people should always be kept at work. This applies to buildings as well as outdoors and in vehicles. This requires barriers, markings or access regulations.

Where this is not possible, partition walls should be installed, for example. If this is also not feasible, employers should provide nose-and-mouth covers for employees and also for customers and service providers.

Examples that are already known are floor markings in supermarkets and cut-off wheels at the cash register.

Adjust shift schedules and break times

This means: shift changes, breaks or attendances in the office are equalized by suitable organizational measures. If possible, office work should continue to be done in the home office.

In break rooms and Canteens tables and chairs should be set apart enough.

For construction sites or outdoor operations, the rules provide for “isolated work” or small, permanent teams that should always use the same vehicle whenever possible.

Likewise, the same people should always be in common layers be classified as far as possible. Tools should be used for personal purposes and otherwise cleaned accordingly.

Goal: Employees should have as little direct contact as possible at the workplace. said Heil.

Means: Anyone who has symptoms such as mild fever should leave the workplace or stay at home until the suspicion has been clarified by a doctor.

Do not work permanently in the home office

Wherever possible, employees should continue to work from their home office, advises the President of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Baua), Isabel Rothe. “However, we recommend switching to presence phases in the factory or office. Because contact with colleagues or the boss is an important means of good work organization and, above all, coping with stress. ”

Cleanliness and hygiene

Employers should also set up washing facilities and disinfection dispensers “to enable the necessary frequent hand hygiene”. Company cars are also to be equipped with utensils for hand hygiene and disinfection as well as with paper towels and garbage bags. Shorter cleaning intervals for rooms and company vehicles are also planned.


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How binding are these rules?

“These rules are binding and they have to be observed,” says the Minister of Labor, who expects that the vast majority of companies will do so. There should still be random checks. But it is not about burdening the economy with threats of administrative offenses.

The 800 square meter limit

The federal and state governments agreed on Wednesday that shops with a sales area of ​​up to 800 square meters will be able to reopen from next week, subject to conditions. The Chancellor’s Office head Helge Braun (CDU) justified this area limitation on Thursday in the ARD “Morgenmagazin” with the fact that it shouldn’t get too crowded in the city centers – big shops are also crowd pullers.

Irrespective of the size of the shop, car and bicycle dealers and bookstores are also allowed to open again.

So can I go shopping again?

Many retail chains want to reopen their shops on Monday, April 20, under more stringent hygiene measures.

  • Textile discounter Kik plans to put up to 95 percent of its more than 2,600 stores in Germany back into operation.
  • Fashion retailer Gerry Weber wants to reopen all stores with an area of ​​less than 800 square meters.
  • Germany’s largest bookstore chain Thalia also wants to reopen its stores on Monday, if possible.

And when can I finally go to the hairdresser again?

The long-awaited opening of hairdressing salons should be possible again from May 4th. However, under strict hygiene requirements! The professional association and the central association of the hairdressing trade still have to give advice on how the “control of access”, “avoiding queues” and “using personal protective equipment” should look like. A recommendation to the hairdressers can be expected at the weekend.

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Corona: when is there a vaccine against the virus? Medicines, therapies, approaches – health

Scientists only see an end to the corona pandemic if there is an effective vaccine on the market.

But how long will it take?

Infectologist Professor Marylyn Addo (49) from Hamburg UKE said to BILD: “If everything goes well, a vaccine could be on the market next year.” EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke cautiously optimistically about “end of 2020” on Easter weekend.

▶ ︎ Researchers from the University of Oxford in the UK, however, are certain that the vaccine will be ready in September!

In the next two weeks, the scientists want to test the serum on humans for the first time.

Work on a vaccine

Before a vaccine is ready for mass vaccinations, it goes through a total of six steps (see graphic).


Coronavirus: Race for the Corona Vaccine (Covid-19) - Infographic


Here some examples:

▶ ︎ The US company Moderna is already at step four and testing the vaccine on volunteers, the Chinese company CanSinBIO is similarly far. Moderna produces a gene-based vaccine, as does the US company Inovio, which plans to start its first clinical trial in April.

▶ ︎ China also approved two more vaccines for human testing over Easter. The fabrics would be developed by a Beijing-based Sinovac Biotech unit and the Institute of Biological Products.

▶ ︎ In Germany, the research approach of the Tübingen company CureVac (450 employees) by the SAP founder and Hoffenheim investor Dietmar Hopp (79) should be particularly promising. The company is working on an mRNA vaccine: cells are encoded with selected genetic information from the virus, which is then injected. “The body should then form a protein itself that fights the virus,” says Schüller. The clinical test phase could begin in early summer. How long it will take for the product to reach the market is not yet clear.

▶ ︎ The researchers at the Mainz-based biotech company BioNtech are also on the verge of a breakthrough. They plan to test their coronavirus vaccine on up to 150 people for the first time at the end of April. The employees also work on the weekends.

▶ ︎ The British tobacco company British American Tobacco (BAT) works with its US biotechnology subsidiary Kentucky BioProcessing (KBP) on a vaccine – and uses tobacco plants for this. KBP has cloned part of the genetic sequence of the novel corona virus and on this basis developed a so-called antigen, which triggers an immune response in the body and the production of antibodies. The antigen was then used for replication in tobacco plants.

The vaccine is reportedly in pre-clinical testing. It has not yet been tested on patients and has not yet received approval from the health authorities. If the tests go well, BAT plans to produce one to three million vaccine doses per week from June. The group wants to work with other partners and authorities.

Antibody therapy

Another approach: to obtain antibodies from blood serum. The basis is said to be the blood of patients who have survived an infection with the coronavirus. Lothar Wieler, President of the Robert Koch Institute, supports this approach: “It is a sensible idea. We have to try out all the concepts that we think make sense. ”

Because: According to experts, people who have survived an infection with Sars-CoV-2 are probably initially immune to the pathogen. As is known today that humans form antibodies after being infected with the corona virus, explained virologist Melanie Brinkmann from the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Braunschweig and Friedemann Weber, head of the Institute of Virology at the University of Gießen. It can be assumed that immune protection will last one to two years after the infection. This assumption is based on experience with other human corona viruses.

Hospitals are now looking for volunteers who have had a corona infection and are healthy again.

▶ ︎ As one of the first clinics worldwide, the Heart and Diabetes Center NRW (HDZ) in Bad Oeynhausen has received approval to use blood plasma therapy for patients with severe course of the disease: “In the laboratory, we filter out the blood plasma of people, who have already survived the disease, antibodies and inject them into sick patients, ”explains Prof. Dr. Cornelius Knabbe, HDZ director, the principle.

▶ ︎ Cologne University Hospital is looking for recovered COVID-19 patients for blood plasma donations. Antibodies raised by recovered people against the virus should strengthen the immune system of the sick and could have a lifesaving effect, like a passive vaccination, the clinic said on Wednesday. Prerequisite: The donors must have been healthy again for several weeks. The suitability is checked during an examination. Interested parties can send an email to covid-immunspende@uk-koeln.de.

▶ ︎ The University Hospital Münster (UKM) is looking for people who have tested positive for corona, who now have a negative test or who have been free of symptoms for at least ten days. Volunteers can register at the e-mail address hepar@ukmuenster.de or the telephone number 0251 8357935.

Antibodies are also being researched in Lower Saxony to curb the epidemic as quickly as possible. In Braunschweig, the biotech company “Yumab” plans to use antibodies against the corona virus. Lower Saxony’s Minister of Economic Affairs Bernd Althusmann (53, CDU) visited the start-up on Wednesday. “The question is not whether, but when it works,” said the boss of the “Yumab” company, Thomas Schirrmann, on Wednesday. The antibodies should slow down the development of the Sars-CoV-2 virus in the body cells. Schirrmann hopes that human trials will be possible in a few months.

Therapy with medication

Antibodies also play a role in the development of medicines. Chinese scientists have identified several antibodies that could be used for a drug to treat COVID-19. Antibodies isolated from the blood of recovered patients could be “extremely effective” at blocking the coronavirus’ ability to enter cells, said Zhang Linqi of Tsinghua University in Beijing. A drug made from it could possibly be used more effectively against the respiratory disease than the current approaches.

Studies are also ongoing in China that could confirm the efficacy of previously approved drugs, including the malaria drug Resochin and the Kaletra drug, which is used against HIV. German doctors are also eagerly awaiting the results.

▶ Deutschland In the short term, Germany is stocking up on a preparation that is to be used as an alternative against COVID-19. As the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung“Reports, it is about the antiviral flu tablet Avigan, which raises hopes based on experience in Asia, as well as other preparations. The Federal Ministry of Health is responsible. Avigan has limited approval for use against corona in Japan and usually prevents the flu virus from replicating in the body. The government in China recently announced that there are promising clinical studies from Wuhan, from where the virus had spread

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Lyon: man attacks people with a knife! 2 dead! – News

A man attacked several people with a knife in France!

Two victims were killed, the prosecutor said. First it was said that there were five injuries, later the number was corrected to four – the condition of three victims is critical! The attack occurred at 11 a.m. in Romans-sur-Isère (population 33,000), in the south of Lyon.

According to eyewitnesses, the perpetrator is said to have arbitrarily stabbed people in various places. He attacked people in front of a bakery as well as people in shops with a knife.

The suspected attacker was arrested by the nearby police. He had no papers with him, but claimed to be Sudanese and born in 1987.

Investigators are investigating whether this is a terrorist attack. Reports that the perpetrator called “Allahu akbar” during his attack did not confirm the security authorities.

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Corona: Where is the risk of infection? What symptoms are there – guide

Our restaurants have been closed for two weeks. Corona danger! But how likely is it to get infected in everyday activities that are still allowed?

The risk of infection in the supermarket is extremely low. Virologist Hendrik Streeck from the University of Bonn says: “There is no danger of infecting someone else while shopping.”

The serious infections had happened “at the après-ski in Ischgl, at the party in Berlin, at football games in Bergamo”. “It didn’t come from any supermarket, butcher’s shop or restaurant. It came from being together for a long time. “

The risk is also comparatively small when jogging or walking. Lung specialist Susanne Huggett: “I have a lot of air in the great outdoors and the wind quickly blows the droplets away. Everyone should do their sport and if you jog past each other there is no risk of infection. ”

BUT: You should avoid chatting with your neighbors or people you meet along the way. Because by speaking, the droplets with the viruses get into the air.

How is the corona virus transmitted?

Mainly as a droplet infection. That means: directly from person to person via droplets containing viruses – for example when sneezing or coughingif traces of the liquid get on the mucous membranes of another person. The virus mainly reproduces in the throat.

Also an indirect transmission via the hands is possible if a person touches his mouth, nose or eyes who has previously touched a contaminated doorknob.

What are the most typical symptoms?

It usually goes with dry cough and fever!

Dr. Susanne Huggett: “Coughing, body aches, runny nose, feeling sick – the tricky thing about the virus is that it is precisely these symptoms that make it noticeable. So like a classic flu. ”

However, the fever rises more slowly than with flu and remains constant for longer. Slight complaints usually subside after ten to 14 days. This is the case in around 80 percent of cases.

Severe shortness of breath is evident in more serious diseases. Then the pathogen also reached the lower respiratory tract, causing pneumonia there. However, if the pathogen spreads into the lower respiratory tract, the course is significantly more severe, known as atypical pneumonia. Those who even need treatment in the clinic can take up to six weeks to recover.


The new Coronavirus Covid-19 - course of the disease - infographic

Discovered other symptoms?

According to British scientists, many infected people lose theirs Sense of taste and smell. In a study with a symptom tracker app, almost 60 percent of corona sufferers reported a loss of both senses.

Tim Spector of London’s King’s College: “When combined with other symptoms, people with odor and taste loss appear to be three times more likely to be ill and should isolate themselves for seven days to reduce the spread of the disease.”

The director of the Institute of Virology at the University Hospital Bonn had previously reported on this phenomenon in an interview with the FAZ.

The findings came from an examination of infected people in the district of Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia, which was particularly affected by corona.

Also one Myocarditis (Myocarditis) can be an indication of a Covid 19 disease, as the “Ärzteblatt” now reports. There have been reports of patients who had suffered severe heart muscle damage as a result of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Now, in the specialist journal “JAMA Cardiology”, the case of a 53-year-old patient from northern Italy, who had been admitted to the cardiological clinic of the University of Brescia due to heart failure, was presented. The findings indicated myocarditis: “This could have been triggered directly by SARS-CoV-2 or could have been the result of an immune response to the virus.”

Conjunctivitis caused by coronaviruses?

When the eyes are red, itchy and watery, this is a very typical reaction of the conjunctiva. It usually reacts to pollen that triggers an allergic reaction or to intruders such as bacteria or viruses that can cause an infection.

American Media reports red, itchy and watery eyes could also be an early symptom of infection with the new corona virus. According to this, there are several reports that suggest that the virus can cause mild conjunctivitis that is otherwise indistinguishable from other viral causes.

American ophthalmologists assume that coronaviruses can also get into the eye and trigger an infection there. They recommend that the doctors treating patients not only protect the mouth and nose, but also the eyes.

However, the doctors also write that pure conjunctivitis only rarely indicates Covid-19. If a patient has an additional fever and cough, then yes.

How long does it take for the virus to break out?

The time from infection to onset is called incubation period. Since COVID-19 is a new type of virus, the duration of the incubation period is still controversial. According to current knowledge, it is five to 14 days before the first symptoms appear.


Explanatory graphic: Overview of the main subspecies of the corona virus - infographic

Can the virus also be transmitted if someone shows no or hardly any symptoms?

Yes! Studies by the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Bundeswehr Institute for Microbiology and the Munich Clinic Schwabing show that some patients with coronavirus infection who are treated at the Munich Clinic Schwabing have infectious viruses in their nasopharynx area even with minor symptoms exhibit. The researchers conclude that infected people with weak symptoms can also transmit the virus.

Treacherous: Humans can carry the corona virus within themselves, but show no symptoms themselves!

Who is the corona virus dangerous for?

Men are at higher risk of dying from coronavirus infection than women. This was the result of an analysis by the Chinese authorities of more than 44,000 infected people. And: the older the patient, the higher the risk of death! From the age of 50 it increases significantly, people from the age of 80 are most at risk.

However, it turns out that younger people can also be massively affected and end up in intensive care units.

Regardless of age, people with previous illnesses are also significantly more at risk. For example, people with various lung diseases or smokers are affected:


Coronavirus: Covid 19 diseases by age group and gender in Germany (statistics) - info.BILD.de

What should I do if I suspect Corona?

The important thing is: Do not just go to your doctor, but call him beforehand. He will tell you exactly what to do and whether a test is appropriate. Not everyone who shows cold symptoms is automatically tested:

Once I have Corona, will I be immune?

Controversial! No, says doctor Dr. Wimmer: “We suspect that it’s like the flu. The viruses are constantly changing, and the corona virus does the same. If I had Corona this year, I can get it again next year. It’s different if I had it a few weeks ago – the viruses don’t change that quickly. ”

The RKI on the other hand: According to current knowledge, you become immune to the virus if you have already been infected. Likewise Prof. Klaus-Dieter Zastrow, chief physician of the Hygiene Institute Berlin: “Yes, you are immune after an infection. But whether it is for life or whether the immunization ends again cannot be said at the moment. “


Explanatory graphic: Cough and sneeze - infographic

Can animals also be carriers?

Yes! “The virus comes from animals (bats), was transmitted to humans and then managed to be transmitted from person to person. There were e.g. in China a corona patient who has a dog – and viruses were also found in the animal. But the dog was not sick, ”said Wimmer.

There is currently no evidence that pets such as dogs or cats can become infected with the virus. However, the viruses can sit on them, so you should wash your hands after contact.

And: It is not yet possible to say whether the animals of the corona patients should also be quarantined.

How can I protect myself from infection?

But how can I avoid getting infected at all? A vaccine is still a long way off, but it is important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and keep your distance.

Avoid all social contact if possible. These rules apply immediately in Germany:


Explanatory graphic: Disinfect hands correctly - infographic

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Corona: Do new symptoms indicate an infection? – Counselor

The more patients there are, the more symptoms make up medical professionals. In addition to coughing, fever and loss of sense of smell, more and more infected people with severely reddened eyes are now noticeable.

When the eyes are red, itchy and watery, this is a very typical reaction of the conjunctiva. It usually reacts to pollen that triggers an allergic reaction or to intruders such as bacteria or viruses that can cause an infection.

Conjunctivitis caused by coronaviruses?

American Media reports red, itchy, and watery eyes may also be an early symptom of infection with the new coronavirus. According to this, there are several reports that suggest that the virus can cause mild conjunctivitis that is otherwise indistinguishable from other viral causes.

American ophthalmologists assume that coronaviruses can also get into the eye and trigger an infection there. They recommend that the doctors treating patients not only protect the mouth and nose, but also the eyes.

However, the doctors also write that pure conjunctivitis only rarely indicates Covid-19. If a patient has an additional fever and cough, then yes.

What are the most typical symptoms?

It usually goes with dry cough and fever!

Dr. Susanne Huggett: “Coughing, body aches, runny nose, feeling sick – the tricky thing about the virus is that it is precisely these symptoms that make it noticeable. So like a classic flu. ”

However, the fever rises more slowly than with flu and remains constant for longer. Slight complaints usually subside after ten to 14 days. This is the case in around 80 percent of cases.

Severe shortness of breath is evident in more serious diseases. Then the pathogen also reached the lower respiratory tract, causing pneumonia there. However, if the pathogen spreads into the lower respiratory tract, the course is significantly more severe, known as atypical pneumonia. Those who even need treatment in the clinic can take up to six weeks to recover.


The new Coronavirus Covid-19 - course of the disease - infographic

Discovered other symptoms?

According to an examination of infected people in the particularly affected district of Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia, the Loss of smell and taste be a symptom of the infection with the corona virus, as Prof. Hendrik Streeck, Director of the Institute of Virology at the University Hospital Bonn reports in an interview with the FAZ.

An inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) can also be an indication of a Covid 19 disease, as the “Ärzteblatt” now reports. There have been reports of patients who had suffered severe heart muscle damage as a result of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Now, in the specialist journal “JAMA Cardiology”, the case of a 53-year-old patient from northern Italy, who had been admitted to the cardiological clinic of the University of Brescia due to heart failure, was presented. The findings indicated myocarditis: “This could have been triggered directly by SARS-CoV-2.”

How is the corona virus transmitted?

Mainly as a droplet infection. That means: directly from person to person via droplets containing viruses – for example when sneezing or coughingif traces of the liquid get on the mucous membranes of another person. The virus mainly reproduces in the throat.

Also an indirect transmission via the hands is possible if a person touches his mouth, nose or eyes who has previously touched a contaminated doorknob.

How long does it take for the virus to break out?

The time from infection to onset is called incubation period. Since COVID-19 is a new type of virus, the duration of the incubation period is still controversial. According to current knowledge, it is five to 14 days before the first symptoms appear.


Explanatory graphic: Overview of the main subspecies of the corona virus - infographic

Can the virus also be transmitted if someone shows no or hardly any symptoms?

Yes! Studies by the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Bundeswehr Institute for Microbiology and the Munich Clinic Schwabing show that some patients with coronavirus infection who are treated at the Munich Clinic Schwabing have infectious viruses in their nasopharynx area even with minor symptoms exhibit. The researchers conclude that infected people with weak symptoms can also transmit the virus.

Treacherous: Humans can carry the corona virus within themselves, but show no symptoms themselves!

Who is the corona virus dangerous for?

Men are at higher risk of dying from coronavirus infection than women. This was the result of an analysis by the Chinese authorities of more than 44,000 infected people. And: the older the patient, the higher the risk of death! From the age of 50 it increases significantly, people from the age of 80 are most at risk.

However, it turns out that younger people can also be massively affected and end up in intensive care units.


Coronavirus: Covid 19 diseases by age group and gender in Germany (statistics) - info.BILD.de

What should I do if I suspect Corona?

The important thing is: Do not just go to your doctor, but call him beforehand. He will tell you exactly what to do and whether a test is appropriate. Not everyone who shows cold symptoms is automatically tested:

Once I have Corona, will I be immune?

Controversial! No, says doctor Dr. Wimmer: “We suspect that it’s like the flu. The viruses are constantly changing, and the corona virus does the same. If I had Corona this year, I can get it again next year. It’s different if I had it a few weeks ago – the viruses don’t change that quickly. ”

The RKI on the other hand: According to current knowledge, you become immune to the virus if you have already been infected. Likewise Prof. Klaus-Dieter Zastrow, chief physician of the Hygiene Institute Berlin: “Yes, you are immune after an infection. But whether it is for life or whether the immunization ends again cannot be said at the moment. “


Explanatory graphic: Cough and sneeze - infographic

Can animals also be carriers?

Yes! “The virus comes from animals (bats), was transmitted to humans and then managed to be transmitted from person to person. There were e.g. in China a corona patient who has a dog – and viruses were also found in the animal. But the dog was not sick, ”said Wimmer.

There is currently no evidence that pets such as dogs or cats can become infected with the virus. However, the viruses can sit on them, so you should wash your hands after contact.

And: It is not yet possible to say whether the animals of the corona patients should also be quarantined.

How can I protect myself from infection?

But how can I avoid getting infected at all? A vaccine is still a long way off, but it is important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and keep your distance.

Avoid all social contact if possible. These rules apply immediately in Germany:


Explanatory graphic: Disinfect hands correctly - infographic

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Fire in JVA Berlin-Tegel in prison cell: A person dies | Regional

Fire in prison!

A person died in the night of Friday in a cell fire at the Tegel correctional facility. That said a fire department spokesman in the early morning of the German press agency.

The fire broke out on the fourth floor of an eight-story building. The fire department found a lifeless person on site.

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The fire department was alerted at 3.09 a.m. and was on site with around 50 emergency services. The fire was extinguished relatively quickly. According to the fire department, 21 people were saved. The cause of the fire was initially not known.

As usual in such cases, officers from the State Criminal Police Office started the investigation.

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Corona test: Bosch develops rapid virus test for border and airport policy use

A small box could revolutionize the fight against the corona virus and how to deal with the corona crisis!

The German technology group Bosch has developed a rapid test that is scheduled to be launched in early April. The sensation: So far, a test takes 24 to 48 hours – the Bosch tool delivers after 2.5 hours!

A Bosch spokesman for BILD: “The fully automated COVID-19 rapid test can support medical facilities such as medical practices, hospitals, laboratories and health centers with a quick diagnosis.”

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