In the live ticker, NDR.de will also inform you today – Tuesday 4 October 2022 – about the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic for Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Hamburg.
The essentials in brief:
- Several health insurance companies are presenting studies on the consequences of the pandemic
- Virologist: More cases, but no more hospitalizations
- RKI: Today no data on new infections from countries
20 billion euros from the Corona development fund for energy investments
EU economics and finance ministers have decided to reuse funds from the Crown Recovery Fund and provide an additional € 20 billion for investments in the energy sector. This should allow Russia to break away from fossil fuels and invest more in renewable energy. The project is part of a proposal from the EU Commission in May, which the President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen defined as a “turbo” for the energy transition.
Study: higher corona risk for children from poor families
According to a study, children from poor families are at a greater risk than other children of coming to the hospital due to a corona infection. If the parents are long-term unemployed, the risk is 1.36 times higher than that of girls and boys whose parents have jobs. This was announced by the AOK Rhineland-Hamburg. The health insurance company evaluated the data of the insured persons together with the medical faculty of the University of Düsseldorf. According to the study, it is unclear exactly what factors cause infected children from disadvantaged families to be more likely to have to go to hospital.
Corona’s construction plans may be changed
Finance and economy ministers of EU countries are currently discussing in Luxembourg how to adjust countries’ coronavirus recovery plans in view of high energy prices. The European Commission had proposed this as an emergency measure against high energy prices. of the European plan for recovery it comprises a total volume of approximately € 1.8 trillion.
HKK: flu vaccination fatigue in the third year of the crown
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recommends an annual flu shot especially for older people over the age of 60, people with underlying diseases, pregnant women, and medical staff. In the 2021/2022 flu season, less than half (44%) of those over 60 with HKK insurance followed this recommendation. In 2020/2021 it was still 47%. like the health insurance company. Most people with HKK insurance were vaccinated in Bremen and Saxony-Anhalt in 2021/2022. As a result, the rate in Bremen was 24% and in Saxony-Anhalt 21% (2020/2021: 25% and 27%). The lowest willingness to vaccinate was 9% in Baden-Württemberg and 10% in Bavaria (2020/2021: both around 11%).
Kasse: Significant consequences of the pandemic for children’s health
In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, adolescent girls particularly often suffer from the consequences of restrictions due to the corona pandemic. This is the result of a study by the health insurance company DAK-Gesundheit. In 2021, a quarter more girls between the ages of 15 and 17 were treated with depression and nearly a fifth more with an anxiety disorder than in 2019. Boys of the same age group are therefore significantly fewer affected.
Among young people, the cases of morbid obesity (obesity) have increased significantly, as has been said. Among children aged 5 to 9, there was a 24 percent increase in diagnoses in 2021 compared to 2019. The increase in boys, at 45 percent, is significantly greater than in girls, at 6 percent. hundred. For the report, the years 2018 to 2021 were considered. For the representative analysis, data from the outpatient and inpatient treatment of 25,000 children and adolescents in the Northeast were scientifically examined.
RKI: No numbers on new infections today
Federal states do not transmit new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute on public holidays. The number of new infections, on the other hand, should be transmitted collectively the day after the holidays, that is, today. The RKI then publishes these values on Wednesday.
According to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Health, the change has no effect on the seven-day incidence, which is currently 474.0 (previous day: 463.9). The value remains up-to-date because its calculation is based on the reporting date, such as a positive result in a laboratory.
Virologist Fickenscher: More cases, but no more hospitalizations
Virologist Helmut Fickenscher predicts more corona infections in the north in the coming months. “But a higher number of cases does not also mean more frequent serious or fatal diseases,” said the head of the Institute of Infectious Medicine of the University of Kiel of the German News Agency. Even with exorbitant drop rates locally after Kiel week, this wasn’t a big deal. According to a study published by the Robert Koch Institute and led by Fickenscher, the seven-day incidence temporarily tripled in the region following the unrestricted summer crown festival in late June. In the same period, however, there was at most a slight increase in hospitalizations, serious illnesses or deaths.
Due to the isolation rules, however, the high number of infections has led, among other things, to a severe staff shortage in hospitals. As a result, the number of beds available in normal wards has dropped dramatically. “Despite the enormously high number of infections this year, the rate of severe or fatal disease courses has remained low compared to previous years,” Fickenscher said. Compared to previous years, much better vaccination protection was achieved in the population. Furthermore, a significant part of people have survived at least one infection and therefore have much better immunization. Furthermore, the treatment options have greatly improved.
MRNA vaccine in breast milk: Experts have no worries
Shortly after corona vaccination, doctors found traces of the mRNA preparation in the breast milk of nursing mothers, but both the researchers themselves and German experts continue to advise nursing women to be vaccinated. In a small study, a team led by neonatologist Nazeeh Hanna of NYU Langone Hospital in New York analyzed milk samples from eleven women who had previously received mRNA preparations from Moderna or Biontech / Pfizer. Using a very sensitive method, the team examined a total of 131 women’s milk samples, which were taken up to five days after vaccination. The researchers found traces of the vaccines in a total of seven samples from five participants. None of the milk samples that tested positive for traces of mRNA were collected more than 45 hours after vaccination.
The researchers speculate that the nanoparticles containing the mRNA could reach the mammary glands via the bloodstream or the lymphatic system. The study did not examine whether the mRNA was still active, i.e. it could theoretically lead to the formation of proteins. Asked, the German Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (DGGG) pointed out that mRNA “degrades in the stomach after oral intake, that is, it decomposes” and does not reach the bloodstream of the newborn.
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