The flu wave started particularly early in Germany.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, 6.4 million people suffered from acute respiratory diseases in the past week. Despite the recent decline, year-over-year numbers remain high.
IAccording to experts from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the spread of acute respiratory diseases in Germany has decreased in the last two weeks of the past year. However, despite the decline, the values are still above the values of previous years, as stated in the weekly report of the RKI’s Influenza Working Group on Wednesday evening.
According to the report, a total of around 6.4 million acute respiratory diseases in the population in the past week are assumed – regardless of a doctor’s visit. “Influenza viruses continue to cause the majority of acute respiratory diseases,” writes the RKI. The persistent activity of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) also leads to doctor visits and hospital admissions, particularly in children under the age of two.
The flu wave in Germany started early this time: according to the RKI definition, in the week up to October 30th. In the two previous winters, there were largely no waves due to the pandemic and the measures taken to counteract it. Experts therefore feared more susceptible people in the population.