Disaster prophet Lauterbach and the March dead – what is true of the horror scenario?
The German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said in autumn that everyone was vaccinated, recovered or died in March – a statement that was also repeated by the Austrian virologist Dorothee von Laer in November.
The answer is a clear yes: the number of infections is still increasing, and probably with a large number of unreported cases, since many sufferers have not noticed anything at all due to the mild symptoms. At the same time, however, the vaccination rate in Germany, which should be over 80 percent, has not been reached – it is currently 75.4 percent (73.3 in Austria). Nevertheless, the millions of additional deaths that have been announced have apparently not materialized and the number of intensive care beds occupied by COVID patients is relatively stable.
Politicizing instead of forecasting
Now you have to give the busy Prof. Lauterbach credit for not naming a specific date and in October, when the delta variant prevailed, the milder course of omicron was not yet foreseeable. The statement was intended to support his political activism and build pressure. The increasing skepticism about vaccination and the demonstrations that do not want to decrease show that his plan did not work out.