Like every year, Corona is the first virus to spread in autumn. It is therefore not surprising that it is currently appearing more and more in wastewater monitoring. Dorothy von Leer, head of the institute at the University of Innsbruck, tells ORF where she believes the need for masks again makes sense. “It makes sense to require masks wherever there are vulnerable people, including hospitals, retirement homes, but also when you’re visiting your grandmother or have a relative who has diabetes or even severe immune deficiency. yes. You should consider wearing a mask. “You should not forget that you can be infectious even without symptoms,” the virologist said. She currently wears a mask again when she visits her 92-year-old father.
After all, the expert believes it is unlikely that hospitals could be overwhelmed in the new wave. The population still has good immunity, which mainly prevents severe cases. However, vaccination is still recommended. It is “very safe, the risk is extremely low”. If you don’t want to “avoid corona”, you should simply get the injection, virologists advise. Vulnerable groups should “definitely” get vaccinated, “they should get vaccinated every year before flu season”. Should healthy people under 60 years of age also get vaccinated? “It doesn’t really do any harm,” the expert said.