Dhe chairman of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Andreas Gassen, welcomes the phasing out of all of them corona protection measures. At the same time, he called for the pandemic and any mistakes that might have been made to be dealt with. All government measures taken must now be examined closely for their effectiveness, he told the editorial network Germany (RND/Friday). “At the moment, however, I don’t see that this is being taken seriously.” Some of the actors who had repeatedly called for tougher measures during the pandemic have now completely disappeared from the scene,” he criticized.
However, the doctor emphasized that a review is necessary in order to learn lessons for future pandemics. It would then also be shown whether Germany had really come through the pandemic better than other countries, as is now being portrayed by politicians, Gassen emphasized. He himself called the handling of children in this country worthy of criticism. “One thing moves me above all: We have dealt with the long unnecessary school closings sinned against our children.”
He called the lifting of the last protective measures overdue, “and has been for several months”. Apparently, the government would rather stick to the law than want to take real realities into account, criticized the head of the panel doctors. Also Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) said this week: “I believe that the long school closures were not necessary.”
Mask rules in practices and clinics are still possible
Gassen, along with other general practitioners, had repeatedly advocated milder protective measures during the pandemic. Many virologists and epidemiologists, on the other hand, took a sharper line, even calling for a zero-Covid strategy.
All measures will end on April 7th. Then the obligation to wear a protective mask will no longer apply in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes and medical practices. The legal obligation no longer applied to residents of homes and employees of the facilities.
In practices and clinics, however, there may still be mask rules after the end of the state corona regulations – depending on the decision of the local facilities. Gassen told the German Press Agency on Thursday: “Of course, practices can set an additional obligation to wear a mask within the meaning of their house rules, and everyone can continue to wear a mask voluntarily.” But it is good that there will soon no longer be an automatic obligation and the principle of personal responsibility applies again.