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tv   Covid-19 Special  Deutsche Welle  December 29, 2021 8:15am-8:31am CET

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information and context? the corona virus update the code 19 special net on t w will use crime fighters are back africa. most successful radio drama series continues this season. the stories focus on hate speech, cholera, prevention and sustainable charcoal production lol episodes are available online. and of course, you can share and discuss on d, w, africa's facebook page, and other social media platforms, crime fighters to noon. now. nurses are on the front line in the battle against the pandemic. the new on the kron variant is a much more infectious form of corona virus. and as mentioned,
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the job of health care workers even more demanding. and they're at risk of infection every day due to the large number of infected patience. world health organization estimates that at least 115000 nurses world wide have died from coven 19. and there are staff shortages and burnouts. the pay is generally low and working conditions are harsh. in many countries, nurses are fighting for better recognition. but apart from applause, as a thank you, they often get very little return. welcome to your covered 19 special. i'm daniel winter. the jobs of health care workers were already demanding even before the pandemic who wants the virus struck. they took to the front lines and saved millions of lives around the world. came an outpouring of appreciation. but did anything really change?
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many doctors, nurses care as and hospital workers believe their work has once again fallen out of the public's awareness, leaving them worried that things will never change for the better. to hear from the people themselves, we travel to spain, india, and germany. working as a nurse has always been demanding even the full curve in 19 struck. but the pandemic has accessible to the problem. katherine bag can feel the impact on her everyday life. the i see, you know, it's from berlin, is one of many who take care of covey patients day in and day out. it's a back breaking job as little as the co strain is enormous. it's a huge strain working in this protective suit and a psychological part also plays a big role. we take care of critically ill patients. that's our normal work, what we've been trained for. but now we have critically ill patients who can also put us at risk. this is really stressful and prosperous as to pandemic. hit nurses
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received a lot of praise for their efforts, but they're working conditions didn't change. all the beds were full and then there's constant stress for far to little money. many also complain about like of recognition nurses in spain, especially dissatisfied, hundreds of them were recruited to help out during the height of the pandemic, only to find themselves jobless again, when the infection numbers dropped, they were informed by text message and others. a asked that the boy, they call my fondest way of informing people about their dismissal, really inappropriate. i can find that and it shows 0 respect for those who gave their role during the pandemic, palo a could have a higher lapierre. grunfeld korea got his kelley with desperately needed to keep the system working. and now it seems like they're just staff who are disposable. that when i'm on it, i ask them all, but shall i? they will tell you the data. but the importance of having enough health care professionals is now clear to many countries,
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especially as the pandemic continues. spain has also changed and mosacco currently putting in a lot of effort to create more permanent positions and ensure that fewer staff have to work in unsafe conditions of history. we hope the situation will continue to improve in 2022. and i'll admit when the laws for these women in india, the nursing problems in europe opened up new opportunities for them. the caregivers and nurses gained a lot of experience during the pandemic. now they want to also help to european countries ban miguel gander in india compared to the west indies, especially the u. k. so i, again, i, i know that i can do the same for them also. we, how many stu contained the band to make in the 1st few months? it was, it was on model for the whole world. and i, we believe that we can do the same in the, or in all the other countries as we're cut when burger in berlin with welcome such
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support. the world may have to brace for a completely new era after all. for now what we're talking about the cone, a virus may stay with us permanently and we have to develop strategies as a yarmouth. we have to strengthen our health care system with enough staff, with enough equipment with all the necessary tools. corona is not leaving us any time soon. warner for less than 5 my subtler creating better conditions for the caregivers. this will remain one of the key issues in 2022 and we're now lucky enough to be able to speak to christian krygier need us, who's a long specialist, an intensive care physician. thank you very much for joining us, christian. so from your personal perspective, how are healthcare professionals coping with the pandemic right now? i guess it's, it's more or less the routine now over 2 years, but most of our new says and also doctors, we shouldn't forget them. are very tired at the moment. you mentioned that before
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that there was a lot of applause in the beginning, but at least in germany it was not more or so. so we have not more stuff. we even have less than that. 10 to 20 percent less nurses than before. and that's the major problem we are faced with at the moment. so it sounds like you're suggesting that more should be done. what more do you think can in practice be done to support health care workers? and one of the major points in germany is that we have really in nursing crisis. and there's no that cries is, again, by far earlier than the pandemic occurred. and one of the major problems in germany, it's germany, is a huge economic pressure on the ospital. and that we have to treat many patients and have to last nurses and all the doctors were it. and that is one of the major points and depend damage really had a huge impact on that because they have to do more and you had to do more and the
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workload was even higher than before. and that is one of the major points. and therefore, i guess the 1st thing we have to do is to lower the workload and you can only do that if you have more colleagues. and the 2nd point is that especially the nurses earn more money than they do at the moment in germany. so understaffing is a key weakness. what more should the government should health care companies be doing to bring more especially nurses into the health care system in your case in germany? and let me give an example in your k, for example, you have one nurse for vonn when too late and patient in germany. one nurse has to care for at least 2 ventilated patients during the night. mostly for 3 patients. and that is one of the major points we have in germany. so we have to, i guess we need a yeah, let's say, and you're not in your health care system,
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but we have to reorganize the work. how we do that. we have too many hospitals in germany, and that means that to less nurses per hospitals are there. and therefore, i guess we have to concentrate for many her nurses in one hospital to lower their workload and to make life easy. i guess that is one of the key points we have to do in the future. ok, so a reorganization, a stronger recruitment drive and more pay. when we look at the, the situation that we're in right at the moment with omicron, how has on the chron affected admissions. so far as you can tell, because we're hearing different messages on the one side, it's far more transmissible that it is already very clear on the other early data appears to show that it could be a more mild illness. yeah, i fully agree with you so, so it's very early now with the army crunch. and in germany, let's say we have 2 weeks behind the other countries in europe, especially behind
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u. k, or france. and at the moment or the numbers are increasing. so in some parts we have $1020.00 and handbook, for example, 40 percent of all cases, all me run. but we have today only 8 patients was all me run over the country on the i c u. so it's very early at the moment, but if you look at france, are your k, it seems that at least on the i, c, u, b, f. not such a search like we expected 123 weeks ago. and i guess we need at least 2 weeks more to have a definite if a idea, if it's, if it's really less severe than the data very end. and that is what we, what we all wish, at least for the i see you said the workload is low and the pressures lower. there's plenty still to do christian, kara g. anita, thank you very much for speaking with us. thank you. and now it's time for you to
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ask and for us to answer his a view, a question for our signs correspondent derek williams. oh, who is considered a coven? 19 survivor. is it regardless of its severity? this is really more of a semantic question than a scientific one, but it caught my attention because i've used the term here quite often, but i've never really thought about it before. so let's think about it. um the word survivor is a pretty dramatic one. the cambridge dictionary defines it as a person who continues to live despite nearly dying. now, that definition certainly applies to the many, many people in this pandemic who contracted severe coven 19, but didn't succumb to it, but not necessarily to everyone who tested positive for the disease. of the 2 members of, of my immediate family who had mild cases of coven 19,
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for example. they told me they wouldn't describe themselves as survivors. in scientific literature, the term is often but not exclusively applied to people who recovered after having been hospitalized with the disease. but there are also arguments for thinking of those who recovered from even a mild case as survivors um, studies have shown, for instance, that there are increased longer term risks for them as well, of developing the range of symptoms, commonly known as long cove. it and, and online support groups for the condition are full of people who got only a little sick from the initial infection, but have struggled ever since recovering with a wide range of, of ongoing life altering complaints. though i don't know anyone personally who
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suffers from long coven, i'm certain that many of those who do would also consider themselves. survivors who have to keep working to survive every day. so long and short, there doesn't seem to be a really narrow definition of the word survivor in the pandemic. but because cobra 19 affects people in so many different ways that shouldn't come as a surprise. mm hm. and that's a, it's from the coven. 19 special from me and the whole team stay healthy. stay safe and see you again soon. tax hikes vermillion areas. one millionaire is demanding just that her wealth could help others, especially during the pandemic. but that doesn't mean that the rest of the super
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