These are the risk areas in Europe

Due to the increasing number of cases in the corona pandemic, the Robert Koch Institute classifies several places and cities as risk areas. If you still travel there, you have to pay for the test yourself when you return.

Due to the increased number of new corona infections, the German federal government has declared several areas to be risk areas and issued a corresponding travel warning. The federally owned Robert Koch Institute (RKI) published an updated list of corona risk areas on Wednesday, in which Vienna is now also listed as the only risk area in Austria. “Due to the high number of infections, there are currently warnings against unnecessary, tourist trips to the federal state of Vienna,” said the Foreign Office in Berlin With.

For German vacationers, returning from an area with a travel warning means a mandatory corona test and quarantine at home until a negative test result is available.

A travel warning is not a ban, but is intended to have a significant deterrent effect. However, it also has a positive side for consumers: it enables travelers to cancel package tour bookings free of charge.

The following new travel warnings apply:

France: The travel warning was extended to the Hauts-de-France region in the far north of the French Republic and the overseas territory of La Réunion. The Île-de-France regions with the capital were previously considered risk areas Paris, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Occitanie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, the Mediterranean island of Corsica and other overseas territories

Netherlands: Travel warning for the provinces of North and South Holland.

Switzerland: Extension of the travel warning to the canton of Friborg. This previously applied to the cantons of Geneva and Vaud.

Croatia: Extension of the travel warning to the counties Brod-Posavina and Virovitica-Podravina, after five other regions were already considered to be risk areas.

Czech Republic: A travel warning now also applies to the Central Bohemian region around the capital Prague, which has been a risk area for around a week.

Hungary: Travel warning for the capital Budapest.

Also for other regions in Romania Travel warnings were issued and warnings against traveling to two regions were lifted.

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Merz reprimands: Finance Minister knocks out money as if there was no tomorrow

The CDU politician, Friedrich Merz, who is running for party chairmanship, reprimands Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) for financing the state’s Corona aid through historically high debts. “The finance minister is currently pulling out the money as if there was no tomorrow. Our children will have to pay for all of this, ”said Merz of“ Bild am Sonntag ”. It is imperative to be careful with taxpayers’ money even in the corona crisis. Admittedly, it was correct to release the debt brake of the Basic Law this year. “But releasing a brake doesn’t have to mean rushing down the mountain at full throttle.”

In the first half of the year, according to preliminary data from the Federal Statistical Office, the federal, state, municipal and social security funds spent 51.6 billion euros more than they received. According to forecasts, economic output is likely to plummet by 5.8 percent this year. This not only causes trade and sales tax to collapse, but also income tax because of the drastic short-time work.

Merz is also critical of the federal government’s decision to extend short-time allowance until the end of 2021. “Short-time work allowance is there to overcome a crisis in the short term. If it is paid too long, there is a risk of blocking the job market, ”said Merz. “Then employees who are urgently needed in other companies will be held in their old companies with short-time work.”

With a view to protests against the state corona measures, Merz demanded more willingness to talk from the federal government: “Above all, politics must take the existential fears of many people seriously. Many protest against the restrictions on their freedoms, that is a legitimate concern that politicians have to grapple with. “The limit is always reached when violence, trespassing and attacks on police officers are added.

About the demonstrators who protested against the Corona measures, the CDU politician said: “There are conspiracy theorists, left-wing radicals and right-wing radicals, a colorful people, of whom one can probably reach very few. But there are at least as many among them who can and should be won over for a serious discussion. “

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Merz reprimands: Finance Minister knocks out money as if there was no tomorrow

The CDU politician, Friedrich Merz, who is running for party chairmanship, reprimands Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) for financing state Corona aid through historically high debts. “The finance minister is currently pulling out the money as if there was no tomorrow. Our children will have to pay for all of this, ”said Merz of“ Bild am Sonntag ”. It is imperative to handle taxpayers’ money carefully, even in the Corona crisis. Admittedly, it was correct to release the debt brake of the Basic Law this year. “But releasing a brake doesn’t have to mean rushing down the mountain at full throttle.”

In the first half of the year, according to preliminary data from the Federal Statistical Office, the federal government, states, municipalities and social security funds spent 51.6 billion euros more than they received. According to forecasts, economic output is likely to plummet by 5.8 percent this year. This not only causes trade and sales tax to collapse, but also income tax because of the drastic short-time work.

Merz is also critical of the federal government’s decision to extend short-time allowance until the end of 2021. “Short-time work allowance is there to overcome a crisis in the short term. If it is paid for too long, there is a risk of blocking the labor market, ”said Merz. “Then employees who are urgently needed in other companies will be held in their old companies with short-time work.”

With a view to protests against the state Corona measures, Merz demanded more willingness to talk from the federal government: “Above all, politics must take the existential fears of many people seriously. Many protest against the restrictions on their freedoms, this is a legitimate concern that politicians have to grapple with. ”The limit is always reached when violence, trespassing and attacks on police officers are added.

About the demonstrators who protested against the Corona measures, the CDU politician said: “There are conspiracy theorists, left-wing radicals and right-wing radicals, a colorful people, of whom you probably won’t reach a lot. But there are at least as many among them who can and should be won over for a serious discussion. “

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Opposition with reservations to Steinmeier’s proposal for a Corona memorial hour

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has met with reservations with his idea of ​​a central commemoration ceremony for the victims of the corona pandemic. Parliamentary President Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) had asked for the proposal to be made more concrete, but now the Bundestag Vice-Presidents Petra Pau (left) and Claudia Roth (green) have openly expressed concerns.

“You can do that at a later date. But at the moment I don’t think that’s particularly useful, ”Pau told the editorial network Germany (RND). Currently, only 25 percent of the elected MPs are likely to be in the plenary hall due to the corona. “We should therefore talk about it again when the time comes.” The left-wing politician spoke out in favor of including those “who have mastered the pandemic, that is, nurses”.

Roth called it right to commemorate the victims and to express sympathy. However, she was surprised at the timing of Steinmeier’s proposal, “because we are still in the middle of the pandemic”. The Green politician recalled that hospital staff, nurses, educators, cashiers and the staff of the health authorities deserved very specific thanks. They kept society together in the most difficult times and “deserve not only symbolic gestures of recognition, but also serious and sustainable economic and socio-political participation”.

Support for Steinmeier’s advance, however, came from Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU): “The many victims of Corona deserve that we pause and remember them,” Söder told the RND. I extend my deepest sympathy to their families. At the same time, you have to take care of everyone who has got into suffering, hardship and loneliness due to Corona. “A memorial service can help us remember it more often.”

Bundestag Vice President Thomas Oppermann (SPD) was also positive. “A memorial event for the deceased could comfort the relatives,” Oppermann told the RND. “But it should also encourage everyone, because the Corona crisis is a depressing experience for many with its health risks, economic worries and restrictions on personal freedoms.”

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Hepatitis in pork: One type of sausage particularly affected

Hepatitis E viruses cause liver failure in certain patients. Researchers in Tübingen have now been able to detect the virus in pork from supermarkets and butcher shops. What does this mean for consumers?

When examining pork and pork liver, researchers in Germany found in more than ten percent of all samples Hepatitis-E viruses detected. The pathogen was found in five percent of the liver samples and 13 percent of the liver sausages, according to the university hospital Tübingen announced on Tuesday. It was not examined how infectious the virus was. Detected viruses can already be inactive when heated during food production.

Hepatitis E viruses can cause liver failure

The hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a leading cause of acute viral hepatitis and can cause liver failure in certain patient groups. The pathogen is transmitted via raw flesh and contaminated water. In the developing world, HEV is responsible for approximately 20 million infections and 70,000 deaths each year.

In Germany, too, the number of reported cases has risen sharply over the past ten years. In 2011 238 cases were reported, in 2019 there were 3,727 almost 16 times as many. In August 2020, the number for the current year was already 2,280 registered cases.

130 samples from supermarkets and butchers tested

In collaboration with the Robert Koch Institute, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment and the Hanover Medical School have now tested around 130 samples from supermarkets and butchers in Tübingen, Reutlingen, Stuttgart and Dortmund. These included 41 samples from pork liver, 40 from spreadable liver sausages, 40 from liver patties and ten from raw sausages without liver such as sausage meat.

It was found that the incidence of hepatitis E viruses in foods with pig liver in Germany has been “relatively unchanged and very high” for ten years, the researchers explained.

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New study – that’s why more men are dying from Covid-19

The numbers are clear: men who become infected with the coronavirus are more ill than women. And they have a higher risk of death. US researchers have investigated why this could be.

Men have at the Covid-19-Disease has a worse prognosis than women. They often become more ill and die more often. At first it seemed like a phenomenon China to be with its high number of smoking men. However, data from the Global Health 50/50 research initiative from more than 20 countries meanwhile show with certainty that women are infected with the same frequency as men. When it comes to death rates, however, the distribution is around one third to two thirds.

More men are also affected in Germany

“We see that here in Germany too. We have a lot of male patients,” said Clemens Wendtner. He is the chief physician of the Infectious Disease Clinic at the Munich Clinic Schwabing and treated the very first corona patients in Germany in February.

According to the situation report of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) From August 30, significantly more men than women died across all age groups up to 80 to 89 year olds. The relationship is not reversed until the age of 90, but possibly because there are more very old women than men. As for the reasons, the RKI only says that there are many open questions. It will take some time before a reliable assessment is possible.

Study confirms: men react differently to corona infection

Yale University researchers are now providing new clues. You recently investigated how that immune system of women and men for infection with SARS-CoV-2 responds. For this purpose, the blood values ​​of female and male corona patients with an average age of 60 years were compared.

The scientists wanted to find out specifically whether certain immune cells are present and how they react to the corona infection. The results of the study were published in the English-language journal “Nature”.

The most important findings:

  • Men release more cytokines when infected with SARS-CoV-2. Cytokines are proteins that play a role in inflammatory responses. They function as messenger substances and attract other immune cells to the sources of inflammation. If the immune system overreacts, however, too much cytokine is produced. This also marks and destroys many healthy cells. In connection with severe Covid-19 courses, there is talk of a cytokine storm. This can lead to pneumonia and breathing difficulties in patients, which in some cases can be fatal. According to the study, the tendency to a cytokine storm in men is increased many times over.
  • Another difference between the sexes is that T cell response. T cells can kill infected cells, which prevents the virus from multiplying further. This was the case with women T cell response already more pronounced than in men at the initial examination. They appear to develop fewer of these specialized immune cells in response to infection with the Coronavirus educated. It was noticeable in this context that the sicker and the older the male test persons were, the weaker the defense reaction was T cells.

According to the research team, these results suggest that men over the age of 60 may be more dependent on a vaccine than women to protect themselves from infection with the coronavirus.

The different immune reactions are probably not the only explanations for why men are more likely to die of Covid-19. Factors such as lifestyle and previous illnesses could also play a decisive role.

Further possible causes for different courses

Some experts see the female hormone estrogen with its protective mechanism of action or the stronger immune system of women as factors for the different courses – without there being any clear evidence here. According to virologists, the fact that the immune system of women reacts faster and more strongly to virus infections than that of men is also evident in other viral diseases, such as Influenza, at SARS and at MERS.

On the other hand, women more often suffer from autoimmune diseases in which the immune system overshoots and attacks their own cells – a possible complication also with Covid-19.

Important NOTE: Under no circumstances does the information replace professional advice or treatment by trained and recognized doctors. The contents of t-online.de cannot and must not be used to make independent diagnoses or to start treatments.

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Flu wave in Corona times – what can we expect?

The corona infection rate in Germany is increasing. At the same time, the autumn flu season is just around the corner. Doctors are concerned – and advise vaccination.

It is still uncertain when the flu season will start this year. It usually begins in early October, then the influenza viruses begin to circulate. In 2019, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the first flu sufferers in Germany were already at the end of September. If this happens again in 2020 and the flu and corona waves meet, experts say autumn could become a challenge.

WHO Europe is also currently warning of the upcoming flu season in autumn. It is important to keep a close eye on the flu as well as Corona, said WHO Regional Director Hans Kluge at an online press conference on August 20. Otherwise there is a risk of overloading the medical practices and hospitals.

Corona or flu? A quick diagnosis is important

General practitioners will be particularly challenged. You must clarify which virus is involved as soon as possible when patients come to the practice with symptoms such as cough, fever, runny nose or sore throat. The signs of both diseases are very similar, even if the viruses are only distantly related.

The chairman of the Bavarian General Practitioner Association, Markus Beier, fears that the corona pandemic and flu wave will come together. “We have to do everything we can to Covid-19 don’t get a big flu wave too, “Beier told the Augsburger Allgemeine.

The experts are also concerned that the corona test centers will be full of flu patients in the fall. These “false” suspected corona cases would not only strain the limited test capacities, but also the human resources.

Flu vaccinations could cushion possible overload

It is therefore recommended that as many people as possible get a flu vaccination in advance. Federal Minister of Health Spahn considers influenza vaccinations to be an effective way of reducing the flu epidemic to a minimum. That, in turn, could save the health system from reaching its limits. Because in an emergency, the same ventilation and intensive care capacities are required for both diseases.

Because of this, quit Jens Spahn Some time ago they started increasing their vaccine doses for the flu season. With around 25 million pieces there will be “more than ever,” said Spahn in July. For comparison: Last year, only around 16.5 million flu vaccine doses were available in Germany.

Influenza vaccination: Corona risk patients and medical staff in particular should get vaccinated against the influenza virus this year. (Source: Prostock-Studio / Getty Images)

Who should be vaccinated against influenza?

Doctors advise significantly more people to have a flu vaccination this year. But the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) at the RKI is not in favor of standard flu protection for all people in the population. In any case, the 25 million vaccine doses planned and available for the upcoming 2020/21 flu season would not be enough for all of the approximately 83 million German citizens.

The Stiko is currently advising the standard seasonal flu vaccination for:

  • Seniors from the age of 60 years,
  • People with chronic underlying diseases like Diabetes mellitus, Asthma, COPD, Multiple Sclerosis,
  • Pregnant women,
  • Residents in retirement and care facilities,
  • medical staff and people who are particularly exposed to the virus for professional reasons.

When should the flu shot be given?
The vaccination is usually given from the beginning of October, when the flu season starts.

Willingness to vaccinate increases with age

According to a survey, this year around 52 percent of those questioned will definitely or probably against Influenza Get vaccinated, says a survey by the opinion research institute Civey on behalf of the “Augsburger Allgemeine”. About 41 percent of respondents definitely or probably not want to do this.

According to the survey, the willingness to get the flu vaccine increases with age. While in the group of 18 to 29 year olds only around one in three stated that they wanted to be vaccinated this year, the proportion in the group of over 65 year olds was around twice as high.

Distance and hygiene rules protect against both diseases

In order to avoid a double burden on the health system with flu sufferers and Covid 19 patients, the corona protective measures currently in place can also help. Because wearing a face mask, observing distance rules and good hand hygiene also minimize the risk of infection with the flu virus.

Important NOTE: Under no circumstances does the information replace professional advice or treatment by trained and recognized doctors. The contents of t-online.de cannot and must not be used to make independent diagnoses or to start treatments.

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Where Germans get infected with Corona on vacation – BZ Berlin

The number of people infected with corona is increasing – especially through infections abroad!

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the proportion of infections that are highly likely to have taken place abroad was 39% in the past week – and the trend is rising!

Of around 22,000 registered corona infections since the end of July, the probable location of infection could be determined in 15,952. Explosive: almost every fifth infection occurred in Kosovo and Turkey (see table)!

According to the RKI, the age structure of returnees (many children, middle-aged adults) from the two countries suggests “family trips”. Family visits may thus contribute to the infection rate just as much as normal vacations abroad.

In Germany, politicians are always planning ahead in order to contain the pandemic, even until the carnival in spring 2021! Health Minister Jens Spahn (40, CDU) announced that he could not imagine carnival “in the middle of the pandemic”. “It’s bitter, but that’s how it is.”

There is contradiction in the carnival scene. “We oppose such blanket cancellations,” said the Thuringian Carnival Association. That is “a slap in the face for everyone who is already thinking intensively how it can work”.


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What still does NOT seem to work in Germany is the federal government’s test strategy. “The federal government is currently miles behind its own claim to increase test capacities to 4.5 million per week,” complained Iris Plöger, member of the BDI management board. According to the RKI, around 672,000 corona tests per week were recently carried out nationwide.

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“Second wave is clearly emerging”

The number of new corona infections in Germany has risen again. Scientists are concerned and are discussing the point of further easing.

The number of known new infections with the Coronavirus in Germany rose again slightly. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the health authorities in Germany reported 1,449 new corona infections within one day by Thursday evening. The value was last higher on May 1 with 1,639 new infections registered.

Of the Leipzig epidemiologist Markus Scholz advised against returning to major events in view of the increasing numbers. “The second wave is clearly emerging, since we are now seeing an increase in the number of active infections over several weeks,” said Scholz of the German press agency. “I therefore currently see no scope for further relaxation – not even and especially not for major events.”

Effects of returnees “very worrying”

According to Scholz, effects that are already becoming apparent as a result of returning travelers are “extremely worrying.” It must therefore now be a matter of normalizing school operations. “We should now concentrate first on how the hygiene concepts with ventilation and wearing masks in schools work,” said the professor.

At major events there are several risks that need to be considered. “People go around, get drinks, go to the toilet – there are then a lot of contacts that are difficult to understand given a large number of people,” said Scholz. Also the hygiene concepts, the fixed routes or a Mask requirement could hardly be implemented with large gatherings of people.

The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach sees the beginning of a second corona wave in Germany. “There are numerous indications that we can not continue as we are now,” Lauterbach said on Friday in the ZDF morning magazine. The pandemic is not over, but people are more careless. To get the situation under control, among other things, a good test strategy is necessary. “We have to test faster, test more.” Lauterbach also called for the approval of tests that delivered results much faster – even if the tests were not quite as good as those previously used. “Then we come before the wave or lockdown.”

Schmidt-Chanasit is for flexible model

The Hamburg virologist Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, on the other hand, considers a return to major events to be fundamentally possible – for example with extensive tests in advance. It is important to keep an eye on the number of new infections in a region. “It should then depend on how many people can attend an event and for how long. I would therefore advocate a flexible model that adapts to the infection rate in a region,” said the virologist.

Scientists from the University Hospital Halle want to conduct a concert experiment in Leipzig on August 22nd to determine the framework conditions under which large-scale events, for example in closed rooms, are in spite of the Corona-Pandemie could be possible. Up to 4,000 test persons should attend a pop concert by Tim Bendzko take part. You and the helpers must carry out a corona test before starting the study and bring a negative result.

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Be “very, very vigilant”: Spahn raises the alarm about the number of infections

The Corona infection numbers in Germany are higher than they have been since May, the Robert Koch Institute reports. For Federal Health Minister Spahn an occasion to warn of the current development. He calls this “worrying”.

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn sees the increase in the number of corona infections as a warning sign. “That is undoubtedly worrying,” said the CDU politician on Deutschlandfunk. “Here we see that through return trips, but also through parties of all kinds, through family celebrations in many places in the country, we have smaller and larger outbreaks in almost all regions of the country. And that can of course – if we don’t all now take care of each other – develop a dynamic. ” It is important to be “very, very vigilant” because it is no longer just local outbreaks.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced in the morning that 1226 new coronavirus infections had been reported within one day. That is the highest value since the beginning of May. The peak was at more than 6000 in early April. The health system can cope with the current number of infections well, said Spahn. “But it is worrying if the development continues.” Because: “With every infection it becomes more difficult for the health authorities.”

The minister again appealed to the citizens to comply with the hygiene rules, wear masks, keep their distance and keep the frame at events. “Wherever alcohol is involved, where the festive event actually turns into a party, things go very, very quickly.” Regarding the prospects for big events, he expressed himself skeptically: “Whether it’s the football games now, whether it’s other big events, that is something that I am still very reluctant to do, because of course these are the events that are also symbolic for them have small ones. ”

Meanwhile, Spahn was skeptical about the world’s first approval of a vaccine in Russia. “It’s not about being first in any way, it’s about having an effective, proven and therefore safe vaccine,” he said. For the population to have confidence in a vaccine, it is very important to make the necessary studies very precisely. According to all that has become known so far, the Russian vaccine has not been adequately tested. “It can be dangerous to start too early.”

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