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Unusually high number of respiratory illnesses

are alone epidemic currently driving Germany. Almost every tenth person According to a recent report by a acute respiratory illness be affected by a cough and/or sore throat. Compared to previous years, the prevalence of colds unusually high at this time of year.

From weekly report on acute respiratory diseases in Germany Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows that in the 38th calendar week (from 19.9 to 25.9.2022), an unusually high number of people were affected by colds. 9.2% of all the people in this country should have caught a cold, what about 7.7 million people affected is equivalent to. The rate is well above the usual number for this period.

What are acute respiratory illnesses?

The RKI uses the term acute respiratory illness (ARE) to summarize all colds that manifest with symptoms such as cough, sore throat and runny nose. These are often caused by viruses such as rhinoviruses or parainfluenza viruses, which generally circulate most intensely during the fall and spring months.

A subgroup of the AER are the so-called flu-like illnesses (SG), which are associated with fever and whose course is often more severe than that of a cold. These are caused, for example, by influenza viruses and SARS-CoV-2.

In GS, the incidence was in the 38th calendar week 1.7%what about 1.4 million new cases of onset of flu-like illnesses is equivalent to. The level is therefore also much higher than in previous years. According to the RKI, there was one from the 37th to the 38th calendar week “very meaningful” Increase in all cases ARE.

What proportion does COVID-19 represent?

As the RKI reports, there was during the 38th calendar week 341 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population. This corresponds to approximately 0.3% of the population or 285,000 infections. In 2021, the rate of COVID-19 was 0.1% in the same week.

Home remedies can often relieve symptoms of a cold

In most cases, illnesses are harmless infections that the body fights on its own within a few days. Nevertheless, you should take care of yourself during this time. There are also effective home remedies to relieve symptoms.

Consult a doctor if symptoms are severe

However, if the symptoms abrupt and pronounced discomfort occurs after a few days don’t sagif high fever or shortness of breath occurs or people with severe exhaustion and a separate to feel weak should suffer medical aid to visit. (vb)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the requirements of the specialized medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been verified by health professionals.


Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek


  • RKI: GrippeWeb weekly report calendar week 38 (consulted on: October 6, 2022),

Important note:
This article contains general advice only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. It cannot substitute a visit to the doctor.

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