Head of the German statutory health insurance physicians for easing the corona rules

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The chairman of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), Andreas Gassen, believes that the corona rules could be relaxed.

“You can switch off the panic mode,” Gassen told the business magazine “Business Insider”. If you take a closer look at the infection process, there are currently no explosive corona hotspots, the hospitals have a considerable amount of free intensive care capacities, the number of intensive care patients and deaths are still at a low level.

"The figures give reason to rethink corona measures without becoming reckless." Specifically, Gassen means events, for example: "I don't see why a stadium for up to 60.000 people can't accommodate events with 5.000 to 8.000 people, as it was successfully practiced in the Waldbühne in Berlin at the end of August. ”The only decisive factor here is how to avoid bottlenecks with close contacts so that the risk of infection is minimized. The risk of a second wave cannot currently be seriously assessed, according to Gassen.

"I don't know whether there will be a real second wave or rather several smaller" perms "," the health insurance representative told the magazine. In any case, the previous figures would not provide a corresponding forecast. However, Gassen speaks out in favor of not orienting too much towards numbers such as R-value or infection numbers. "Everything always revolves around the numbers, but nobody can interpret them really well."

The decisive factor is how dangerous the virus is. So it is right to protect risk groups. "However, you don't have to panic right away if, for example, an otherwise healthy person gets Corona." With regard to the spread, it is also important whether there are Corona hotspots that get out of hand.

However, this is currently a long way off.