Technology: Corona: sick leave by phone again possible

Lauterbach expects the Corona situation to relax in summer

 Lauterbach expects the Corona situation to relax in summer Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach with a relaxation of the Corona situation in summer, but also sees no reason to have the all-clear. © Axel Heimken/dpa Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach continues to see no reason to allowing in the Corona situation. "Pandemy will go back seasonally," said the SPD politician as an upstream speaker on Thursday at a conference in Gmund. One will have low number of cases, but not a situation like last year that the summer is "almost corona -free".

In view of the high Corona infection figures, sick leave due to cold complaints is now possible again by telephone and without a visit. This was decided by the Federal Joint Committee of Doctors, Health Insurance and Clinics on Thursday, as a spokeswoman announced. The regulation therefore applies for the time being to be limited until the end of November.

  Corona: Krankschreibung per Telefon ab sofort wieder möglich © provided by Berliner Zeitung

Patients with mild diseases of the upper respiratory tract can be on sick leave without visiting a practical visit with the doctor for up to seven days. The sick leave can also be extended for a further seven days. The regulation was already at the beginning of Corona pandemic, but had expired on June 1st in view of the more relaxed infection situation.

In the meantime, however, the numbers have risen again, explained the committee chairman Josef Hecken. At the same time, the cold and flu season will start in the coming months. "We want to avoid full waiting rooms in medical practices and avoid the emergence of new infection chains," he said. The telephone sick leave is a simple, tried and tested and nationwide uniform solution.

Schwesig: Uniform criteria for Corona protection measures .
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) penetrates uniform requirements for further containing Corona pandemic. "It is important that we get clarity how we want to survive autumn and winter with Corona," said Schwesig of the German Press Agency in Schwerin. The traffic light coalition in Berlin had recently agreed on a draft for the new infection protection law, but the federal states still see the need for clarification.

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