More than one in ten people are currently ill: RKI speaks of several respiratory viruses at the same time

More than one person in ten is still or has just been: the extrapolated number of acute respiratory diseases in Germany continued to increase last week.

It will be about 8.9 million were diagnosed with such illnesses, regardless of a visit to the doctor, said the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in its report on Wednesday evening (previous edition: 7.9 million). It’s a level just as high as the previous year Right now.

The values ​​are in a weekly comparison increased particularly among school-age children and young adultswrites the RKI.

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In addition to Corona, there is something unusual for this period many rhinovirus infections (colds) as well as increase in cases of RSV and flu. RSV stands for respiratory syncytial virus, which is currently causing hospitalization in children under two years old.

According to the RKI, the flu wave has not yet started

According to the RKI definition, the flu wave has still not started. However, when it comes to random virological examinations, experts speak of a notable increase in the rate of positive samples for the so-called influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses.

The RKI writes about this subtype on its website that it first appeared during the 2009 flu pandemic: under the name swine flu. Since then, it has also been running seasonally in Germany, most recently in the 2018/19 season.

So far, this has been observed during flu waves in which this pathogen was dominant. It also leads to very serious illness and death in young adults and children. came, especially if underlying diseases were present. “Overall, these serious cases occur among young people. but rarely.” (dpa)

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