+++ The number of new infections in Germany skyrockets again. The German cabinet enacts a less restrictive lockdown. The situation in other European countries is also deteriorating. +++
For a few months, it looked as though countries such as Spain, France, and Germany had COVID-19 under control. While countries such as the United States or Brazil were reporting tens of thousands of new infections every day, the wave of infections in many places in Europe flattened out. But the dust has yet to settle. Since the end of August, infection rates have risen again; in Octo-ber, Germany passed the psychologically critical 10,000 daily new infections mark—far more than in April. In November, the German cabinet imposed a "lockdown light” in an attempt to reduce infections while keeping schools, gov-ernment offices, and a majority of businesses open. France has been forced to take more drastic measures, with public life completely shut down for one month.
However, as Dr. Michael Vogt from the Hartmannbund German doctors’ asso-ciation also points out, “Germany is one of the countries that, so far, has man-aged this historic crisis the best.” According to Dr. Vogt, the pandemic has shown that a modern, well-equipped health care system is not a luxury, it con-tributes decisively to the safety of the population. There are six ICU beds per one thousand inhabitants in Germany—in Italy or even the United States, there are only around two and a half. “Options like in China, where entire districts were cordoned off with barbed wire, are fortunately out of the question in this country,” says Dr. Vogt. “So, it’s about taking moderate, balanced steps to ensure that the health care system isn't overloaded.” Time will tell if these are sufficient.
At B. Braun, everyone is fully cognizant of this stressful situation. For now, it looks as though there will be no time for a breather. “In the last few months, though, we've proven that we can respond quickly when under pressure,” says Manfred Herres, head of the B. Braun Avitum plants in Melsungen. “For now, we’re going to continue production at a high volume.” Herres is especially proud of the employees at B. Braun. “Absences, such as from illness, have been lower than ever in the past months. Everyone here understands: Every hour worked here, every device that leaves our plant helps a person somewhere in the world.”
B. Braun thanks all employees for their dedication during this coronavirus crisis. The company hopes that you, the reader, stay healthy and are able ride out this time both professionally and privately.