News about the corona pandemic: Research on Long-Covid in Rostock

Treatment concepts for Long Covid are to be developed in Rostock. Chancellor Scholz and Interior Minister Faeser have tested positive for the virus.

Jördis Frommhold, founder of the Long Covid Institute Photo: Imago

Nationwide unique Long-Covid Institute opens

In Rostock on Saturday a Institute for Long-Covid opened. The institute announced on Monday that it should inform patients about how to deal with the disease and about possible treatments. The facility is unique in Germany with this objective and is intended to act as a guide for informing those affected, it said.

The tasks of the institute should also include advising clinics on the establishment of new treatment concepts for Long covid patients belong. Training courses for companies are also to be offered. A scientific collaboration with various universities is being planned, it said. The founder of the institute is Jördis Frommhold (41). As chief physician at the Median Clinic in Heiligendamm, she has now treated more than 5,500 long-Covid patients.

According to the Robert Koch Institute, almost 33 million corona infections have been registered in Germany since the beginning of 2020, and around 149,000 people have died from them. Around ten percent of those infected have to deal with long-term symptoms of varying severity after the acute phase of the disease.

The AOK defines long-Covid as a spectrum of physical and mental impairments as a result of an acute Covid-19 infection. According to the definition of the World Health Organization (WHO), impairments that last more than four to twelve weeks after infection are referred to as long-Covid. Longer-lasting impairments are defined as post-Covid. (epd)

Scholz and Faeser tested positive for Corona

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has tested positive for the Corona virus. Scholz has “mild symptoms” and has gone into isolation in his apartment in the Chancellery, government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit announced on Monday. The Chancellor will continue to hold internal appointments via video or telephone conferences. This also applies to the planned summit meeting with the heads of government of the federal states on Wednesday.

Scholz should have met on Monday morning together with the SPD leadership in the Willy Brandt House on the occasion of the imminent introduction of the minimum wage increase. Secretary General Kevin Kühnert said the Chancellor took part in the presidium meeting digitally. No one had “physical contact” with him.

Also Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) has been infected with the coronavirus. She wrote on Twitter on Monday: “Now Corona got me too, for the first time. The virus remains insidious. Everyone take good care of yourselves this fall!” Faeser should have attended a joint meeting of the interior and justice ministers in Munich this Tuesday. (afp/dpa)

Teachers’ associations consider the new infection protection law to be insufficient

Teachers’ associations consider the new Infection Protection Act to be inadequate and fear that many corona infections will have a far-reaching impact on school operations in autumn and winter. “Keeping schools and day-care centers open must have top priority,” said the Federal Chairman of the Education and Training Association (VBE), Udo Beckmann, to the editorial network Germany (Monday edition): “Particularly for this reason, we are concerned about the fact that the Infection Protection Act falls well short of our expectations.”

“If the protection and thus the health of the teachers is not sufficiently taken into account, the school closures will come all by themselves against the background of the already dramatic shortage of staff and the corresponding sick leave,” criticized Beckmann.

The chairwoman of the Education and Science Union (GEW), Maike Finnern, fears the same. “Should there be significantly more cases of illness among employees in schools and daycare centers, there will be even more classes canceled due to the already existing shortage of teachers,” Finnern told RND. Illness-related gaps could no longer be compensated.

For the VBE, it is also difficult to understand that the lower classes have decided against a temporary mask requirement if the number of infections increases. “This categorically ruled out a very effective measure to enable classroom teaching and still be relatively safe from infection,” said Beckmann.

The Infection Protection Act, which will come into force on October 1st, gives the federal states the option of introducing a mask requirement from the fifth school year. School closures, on the other hand, should no longer exist.

There should be a relaxation of the test requirements for school children. The recently passed law contains the regulation that in the case of suspected or actual infection, they must present a negative test in order to be able to go back to school. After massive criticism from the countries, this should be changed again. (afp)

Vaccine application for children in the USA

BioNTech and its partner Pfizer have developed the omicron subvariants BA.4/BA.5 adapted booster vaccination has applied for emergency use approval in the United States for use in children between the ages of five and eleven. An application to expand the market approval in the EU for this vaccine in this age group is also to be submitted to the European Medicines Agency EMA in the next few days, as the companies have announced. As a booster from the age of twelve, the vaccine has already received the green light in the EU and the USA. (rtr)

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