Corona pandemic: SPD health expert continues to insist on isolation requirements

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“Really fatal” – SPD health expert continues to insist on corona isolation obligation

In these federal states there is no longer an obligation to isolate

In view of the significantly reduced number of infections, the calls for a relaxation of the corona restrictions are getting louder. Some countries are pushing ahead and have lifted the obligation to isolate people with a positive corona test.

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Several federal states have lifted the isolation requirement. “A fatal signal,” says SPD health expert Heike Baehrens. This makes orientation difficult for people, and risk groups can no longer rely on the recommendations for isolation being followed.

DThe SPD health expert Heike Baehrens has clearly criticized the lifting of the obligation to isolate in the event of a corona infection in several federal states. “I think it’s really fatal that there are different regulations in the countries and at the same time there are actually clear recommendations from the Robert Koch Institute,” said Baehrens on Friday in the ARD “Morgenmagazin”.

The recommendations of the RKI are clear: “Five days of isolation are right, quarantine is right, because on the one hand you should take yourself back if you have such an infection, but above all so as not to endanger other people.” So she thinks so for a “fatal signal if the federal states act differently here again.” This makes orientation for people “simply difficult”.

SPD health expert Heike Baehrens

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For those who really need to be protected, in particular, this means “a very big concern because they can no longer rely on regulations and recommendations being observed”. Despite the recent decline in the number of infections, it is still important to be vigilant, emphasized Baehrens.

The requirements for isolation in the event of a corona infection and also for quarantine in the event of contact with an infected person are regulated at state level in Germany. Five federal states have now completely abolished the obligation to isolate people infected with corona and justified this with the changed nature of the pandemic and the falling number of infections. These are Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Schleswig-Holstein and Rhineland-Palatinate. In their place, there is an obligation to wear a mask outside of your own home for people infected with corona.

According to the survey, the majority continue to support corona isolation requirements

According to a new survey, the majority of Germans are still in favor of an obligation to isolate people infected with corona. That’s going out the ZDF “political barometer” out, which was published on Friday. At 62 percent, most of those surveyed are in favor of infected people having to stay at home and isolate themselves. 35 percent of respondents welcome the elimination of such a duty.

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According to the survey, however, worries about one’s own health because of Corona are currently low. 60 percent of those surveyed do not consider their health to be endangered by the corona virus. On the other hand, 30 percent of respondents see it as a threat.

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