Extent of the omicron wave in Germany cannot be measured precisely – Austria introduces general corona vaccination

A Association for infectious diseases in children demands for daycare and school children a lifting of the corona quarantine obligation. If there are regular tests with negative results, contact persons should not be banned from daycare centers or schools, said the President of the German Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (DGPI), Tobias Tenenbaum, of the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”. “The quarantine obligation should be lifted for them where it still exists,” said the head of the Association for Pediatric Medicine. “We recommend that not only as a DGPI. Studies have shown that this is a viable option.”

Tenenbaum warned that “thousands upon thousands of children” could not be kept away from school during the omicron wave and the expected increase in cases of infection. “One quarantine after the other would be like a lockdown for countless families. And the devastating consequences of that are well documented.”

With masks, ventilation, tests and vaccinations, there are now sufficient instruments to keep the facilities open for the benefit of the children, said Tenenbaum. “Preventing the spread of the virus by closing daycare centers or schools is no longer the right way,” warned the doctor. The DGPI President referred to international studies and his own observations that the omicron variant of the corona virus is not generally dangerous for children.

The number of infections in Germany had recently risen sharply. The seven-day incidence rose above 600 for the first time on Thursday – the value was 638.8 registered new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week.

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