“What is the federal government waiting for now? What are you waiting for now? The facts are on the table – Omikron is harmless, the number of intensive care patients remains stably low. The government must open! Every day in our life counts, every day without this policy of fear also helps our economy,” a very emotional reader asks the right questions on the eXXpress editorial telephone.
Yes: What are Minister of Health Wolfgang Mückstein and Chancellor Nehammer and their Gecko (National Corona Crisis Coordination) still waiting for? One of the best-known German lung specialists, Thomas Voshaar, asks himself: “Anyone who doesn’t want to open now should ask themselves what’s actually still missing.” And in the German daily newspaper “Die Welt”, the top doctor also analyzes the current corona situation: “Apart from the staff sick leave, everything is relaxed. Half of the employees who are currently absent are at home because of quarantine, i.e. as a contact person or because of childcare. The intensive care occupancy with Covid patients changes from week to week, of course, but does not increase continuously.”
On the warning of the Berlin virologist Christian Drosten against the omicron variant BA.2 and easing before Easter, Voshaar says in the “Welt”: “These indications are tiring. We know that this virus is constantly mutating and that there will be many more variants. However, it is neither appropriate nor rational to argue with further mutations against openings. When Mr. Drosten speaks of variant BA.2 and a probably higher infectivity, this leads to the question of whether further restrictions can be justified with this. I do not think so. Omicron is a mutation that we’re fine with.”
And the conclusion of the lung specialist: “The situation is now completely different after bad waves with alpha and delta, we are also prepared differently because of the vaccination. What are we waiting for?”
More and more Austrians are asking this question, why are we still waiting? Shop to buy a pair of shoes. And in night gastronomy, the omicron virus is harmless until midnight, but then it is so extremely contagious that the bars and restaurants have to close at midnight. In addition, schoolchildren were still being forced to wear protective masks until the start of the holidays, while adults in bars were already sitting without masks again.
The vaccination law is now also being criticized more and more often in this already very relaxed situation: Why does the state want to vaccinate all Austrians with a substance that does not help against the current corona mutation – and we all don’t even know whether we are even in the will be faced with another corona wave in autumn, or which Covid mutation could appear in seven months?
And the panic-mongers, the fear-mongering, are no longer believed: As reported, the head of world medicine, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, actually said that the omicron mutation is as dangerous as the zombie disease Ebola, in which patients can’t see it bleed and die in agony within a few days. We all have known for a long time how to evaluate this statement of the medicine Pinocchio.