Title: Experts Say Cold, Flu, and Corona Cases Not Yet Alarming in Bremen
Cold viruses are on the rise in Bremen, but health officials report that severe respiratory diseases remain rare. The Federal Ministry of Health’s Corona Pandemic Radar notes an increase in patients seeking medical assistance for respiratory diseases. The Bremen General Practitioners Association has also seen a rise in patients attending infection consultation hours.
Both Hajo Zeeb, a Bremen epidemiologist, and Holger Schelp, chairman of the Bremen General Practitioners Association, agree that the current number of cases remains within the typical range for previous years. The seven-day incidence of corona cases in Bremen is reported as 14 per 100,000 inhabitants, with flu cases at 0.27 per 100,000 inhabitants nationwide.
Schelp emphasizes the importance of distinguishing between the flu and flu-like infections, stating that true cases of the flu are currently rare in Bremen. He describes flu-like infections as a “mini version of the flu,” causing symptoms like a runny nose, cough, and sore throat.
Preventing the spread of colds, flu, and corona is important for public health. Experts recommend staying home if sick, wearing a mask when around others, and taking a swab test of both the nose and throat to detect the virus reliably. It is also advised to call the doctor’s practice before arriving in person if experiencing symptoms.
The federal government is looking to make it possible to take sick leave over the telephone for positive corona cases. In the meantime, patients are advised to call their doctor’s practice first for guidance on their next steps.
Overall, the current situation in Bremen is not yet considered alarming by health officials. Outside and Inside program on November 30, 2023, at 7:30 pm will cover more on this topic.]
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