Intensive care physicians expect more corona deaths again
Medical representatives expect the number of corona deaths in Germany to continue to rise in the coming weeks. The currently increasing number of Covid-19 deaths reflects the increasing number of infections in recent weeks, said Uwe Janssens, President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine (DIVI), the newspapers of the Funke media group.
It usually takes ten to 14 days from the initial infection to a serious illness, and the average time in the intensive care unit is 21 to 24 days. That means that many of the people who are now dying were infected more than five weeks ago, Janssens said.
According to his own words, the doctor does not expect another dramatic development like in spring. “The intensive care physicians today know much more about successful treatment options and can intervene in a more targeted manner using drugs,” he said. In addition, the country has learned to better protect the particularly vulnerable groups, the elderly and the sick.
Janssens added that the sad outcome of the pandemic included not only the immediate deaths, but also the people who did not dare to go into practices and clinics for fear of infection. The total number of indirect deaths will only be able to be quantified years later, when all the long-term consequences of the pandemic can be estimated.