The new infections with the corona virus continue to rise every day – half a million Austrians are currently infected. Numerous people have even been infected several times by the virus. In Vienna alone, 42,460 people have already been infected for the second time – 431 Viennese even three times.
However, the rising temperatures promise some relaxation. For the summer, experts even see a good chance of a number of corona loosening. The virologist Hendrik Streeck is of the opinion that the mask requirement can even be completely dropped in the warm season – but warns of the coming winter.
According to the virologist, an infection is “something we cannot avoid.” However, Streeck believes that one “should be vaccinated in order to be prepared for the infection”. However, the virologist finds it problematic that vaccinated people often believe that their course of corona was mild because of the vaccination alone. “All the hairs on the back of my neck stand up because we don’t have a comparison of what would have happened if you hadn’t been vaccinated,” said the virologist.
For the coming winter, Streeck sees no way around the obligation to wear masks – especially if there is a high rate of infection. “Masks are what we know to be the best way to prevent infection,” he said. Even with an infection, the infection dose could be lower and a milder course could possibly be the result. According to Streeck, however, there are no comparison options here either to make a clear statement.