Corona traffic light: High risk for the whole of Austria

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On Thursday, the Corona Commission voted in favor of a constant risk assessment of the epidemiological development, which means that the traffic light remains switched to orange. Austria was already downgraded to “high risk” last week, but in the evaluation of the federal states this week, Vienna is now the only one with a risk number of over 100, which means “very high” and thus red. Upper Austria and Vorarlberg were classified as “medium risk.”

However, the remaining six federal states are on the same risk level as the country and thus also show orange – last week, Carinthia, Lower Austria, and Tyrol were rated one level better.

Hospitals increasingly burdened

As of Oct. 12, the load on intensive care units was at a Covid-specific utilization rate of 6.3 percent based on all reported adult intensive care beds in Austria; for normal care units, the figure was 6.6 percent nationwide. A week ago, these two figures ranked at 3.9 and 5.1 percent, respectively.

Forecast optimistic

According to the forecast, however, the case numbers should increasingly level off. The load of the normal wards in the hospitals with Corona-positive patients will rise. First, it has been saying recently that this increase is declining, and the peak of the bed load could soon be reached. A slight increase is expected in the critical care area, he said.

Commission recommends FFP2 mask

The Corona Commission recommends increased use of Covid 19 vaccination and medications, as well as the testing offer. It also recommends wearing an FFP2 mask on public transport, in heavily frequented indoor areas, and when in contact with vulnerable people, as well as regular ventilation, keeping one’s distance, and hygiene measures such as regular hand washing.

Not least because of the Corona protection measures, there have been few infections with influenza in the past two years. As a result, the population is hardly immunized, and there could be more cases of “real flu” this year, it was recalled. This would lead to an additional burden on the healthcare system.

However, some Corona measures such as wearing a mask, ventilation, and hygiene would also protect very nicely against infections with the influenza virus, and the Corona Commission also pointed out the importance of the flu vaccination

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