This is “a very valuable factor”, said Janssens of “Welt” (Wednesday edition). “The hospitalization rate is ten to 14 days behind the incident. When a person becomes infected, it is usually after ten to 14 days that they feel so bad that they have to be treated in intensive care”, says the intensive care physician, who is also general secretary of the German Society for Internal Intensive Care. and Emergency Medicine (DGIIN).
In Great Britain you can see that despite the high infections, far fewer people come to the intensive care unit, Janssens says, but it is not transferable to Germany. “There’s a completely different age structure. The median age with us is 45.7 years, with 40.5.” Germans are the fifth oldest people in the world. “Especially since we don’t have as good vaccination coverage among the elderly as has always been claimed,” Janssens continues. In Germany, 78 percent of those over 60, 91.5 percent in England and 97.6 percent in Scotland were vaccinated. “So it would be dangerous to believe that British success will lead to Germany,” said the intensive care doctor. In Great Britain, at least England lifted almost all measures on 19 July, and the number of infections began to drop significantly shortly after. Pessimistic experts expect the effect not to be permanent – yet, however, the numbers have declined further – and hospitals are now reporting a reversal of the trend towards falling numbers with a slight delay.