According to the chairman of the Medical Association, corona isolation is no longer necessary

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According to the chairman of the Medical Association, corona isolation is no longer necessary

Klaus Reinhardt, President of the German Medical Association.

Klaus Reinhardt, President of the German Medical Association.

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Some states want to abolish the insulation requirement. This is also supported by the President of the Federal Chamber of Physicians, Klaus Reinhardt, given the decreasing number of infections and mild course.

DT he president of the German Medical Association, Klaus Reinhardt, thinks it is justified to end the obligation to isolate people infected with the coronavirus. “This is also apparent from the experiences of other European countries that have already taken this step,” says Reinhardt of Düsseldorf’s “Rheinische Post”. Isolation requirements are disproportionate given the falling number of infections and the predominantly mild course of the disease. Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hessen and Schleswig-Holstein want to abolish the isolation obligation for persons infected with the corona virus.

“It would be desirable if the states agreed on a nationally uniform procedure,” said Reinhardt: “It would be difficult to prevent people in a state from adhering to strict isolation requirements, even if they are symptom-free if the neighboring Land for the same cases there are no restrictions.”

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The German Association of General Practitioners refers to the responsibility of the individual. Federal President Markus Beier told the “Rheinische Post”: “Whether there is a legal obligation to isolate or not is a political decision. From a medical point of view, the motto should be: if you are sick, you stay at home. No one who coughs and sniffs, may sit in the office or on a crowded train,” said Beier. If everyone with symptoms consistently stays at home, only a small number of infected people without symptoms will be practically affected by the abolition of the isolation requirement.

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According to a new survey, the fear of contracting corona is decreasing in Germany. In a representative survey by the Forsa Institute on the most feared diseases, 18 percent of those surveyed said they were most afraid of Covid-19. That is only half as much as in the first Corona year 2020, when the contamination was the greatest threat to health for 37 percent. Last year, Covid-19 caused particularly high levels of anxiety among just 20 percent of those surveyed.

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“The corona pandemic has apparently become so commonplace for many people that the fear of contamination is diminishing,” said the health insurer’s CEO, Andreas Storm, in a press release. However, this should not lead to protective measures being neglected.

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According to another survey conducted in the summer on behalf of the Hamburg BAT Foundation for Future Questions, two-thirds of those surveyed (66 percent) said they no longer fear a corona infection.

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