Symptoms that persisted for months after contracting the coronavirus have already been found in nearly 350,000 people. people in Germany. Patients complain of frequent headaches, severe weakness and difficulty concentrating. Many of them cannot work.
The German Ministry of Science estimates that every tenth person infected with COVID-19 in Germany suffers from what is known as long covid, a group of symptoms that persist for weeks or even months after fighting the infection.
As Prime Minister Anya Karlicic announced on Monday, Covid has long been found in Germany with nearly 350,000. Persons. – I think this is an incredibly large number – said Karliczek. In total, nearly 3.5 million people have contracted COVID-19 in Germany.
Minister Karlicic talked about 50 different and very personal shows. Patients complain of frequent headaches, severe weakness and difficulty concentrating. Many of them cannot work.
The long-term effects of COVID-19 can occur regardless of whether the disease is severe or only mild. To learn more about this phenomenon, the German Science Ministry will allocate 5 million euros for research, the minister informed. She emphasized that this was only the first step and that additional funds could be expected.
The prolonged coronavirus will have severe consequences for our healthcare system. Our society faces significant challenges and huge costs, she said.
Stefan Schreiber, director of the Institute for Molecular Biology at University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, said the disease in question is not just an extension of the coronavirus. Patients develop symptoms six to ten months after infection. Therefore, according to Schreiber, we should be talking about an independent disease entity.
In Germany, the number of coronavirus infections has been systematically declining for several weeks. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) currently reports a nationwide seven-day infection rate of 35 cases per 100,000. population. A week ago it was still at 65. This is the lowest value since mid-October.
(DPA / szym) / Polish editorial office of Deutsche Welle