9:53 a.m., August 14, 2020
Health Minister sees “bad news” Rudolf Anschober (Greens) in the number of new infections with the corona virus in Austria – for the first time in months it exceeded the 200 limit. Only the cluster analysis by the Ages in the next few days will show whether the situation is with 282 new cases is worrying – or whether all routes of infection are traceable and thus the situation is under control. Also, an association with increased test numbers – 12,000 tests in the last 24 hours – does not want to rule out Anschober.
In view of a high proportion of infections that are related to travel, Anschober is therefore considering new measures in connection with travel activities should this trend intensify. “We have to see how we can stabilize this situation again,” says Anschober. In the afternoon the minister wants to consult with the health officers of the federal states, in the evening the Ages should present their analyzes.
At the beginning of next week, a decision will be made on any new measures. “We’ll be over too the situation in Croatia advise “, so Anschober. Whether there could be a travel warning or new border controls, Anschober did not want to commit himself.
Tests skip the million mark
Anschober first praised the expansion of the corona test capacities in Austria: The limit was on Friday morning one million performed Tests have been exceeded since the beginning of the crisis. “We have 1,003,432 tests. That is a sign that we are very active in the field,” said the minister. In the period from April 4 to 13, around 50,000 tests would have been completed in Austria, and 81,000 from August 4 to 13. The screening program in addition to investigating suspected cases would have led to this above all. In the first period, the proportion of SARS-CoV-2-positive tests was 5.5 percent, most recently 1.5 percent.
The development corresponds to the expectations after the acute phase in spring and the opening steps. According to the minister, the special features: many small clusters, 24 percent of the positive tests are carried out in non-symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infected people and a relatively high number of travel-related infections.
Finally, as Anschober explained: “We’re watching one complete change in the age pyramid. “At the beginning of the pandemic it was mainly the elderly who were affected, now the 15- to 24-year-olds are the most frequently positive people in Austria.” In Austria we have an average age (of those who tested positive; 33.7 years, “said Anschober. In Germany it is 34 years.
Most of the infections in the past few days are due to small events: “Relatively many Family celebrations, small celebrations“According to Anschober, they are the most common places of infection.
Long-distance runners can no longer manage two kilometers
The head of outpatient pneumological rehabilitation at Therme Wien discusses how much the disease can have long-term consequences even if the course is not obviously severe, Hartmut Zwickwho has treated post-Covid patients.
Zwick describes, among other things, the case of a relatively young long-distance runner who used to run around 150 kilometers a week. “Now he can no longer make two kilometers”.