Portugal closes schools and universities due to virus mutation – mobility in Germany decreased in January

Because of the ongoing exceptional situation in schools, the Education Minister of the Länder agreed on a common framework for exams and school year repetitions in the current school year. In a switching conference on Thursday, they agreed that also the qualifications acquired in this Corona school year “are equivalent to those of earlier and later years and be mutually recognized ”.

The joint decision also confirms that the Abitur exams should take place. The federal states should also ensure that qualifications can be obtained in lower secondary education, such as secondary school or secondary school qualifications.

Countries can also give students the option of To repeat the school year without this being counted towards the length of stay – “especially in the upper secondary school”, as it is called.


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Corona summit: 11 billion tax relief for the federal government


The new depreciation is a “smart and targeted proposal that implements a regulation that has been targeted for a long time,” said the Federal Ministry of Finance.

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Berlin The passage in the decision paper of the federal and state governments sounds extremely unspectacular: “To further stimulate the economy and promote digitization”, the federal government and prime ministers decided at their Corona summit to immediately write off digital assets with retroactive effect from January 1, 2021. Everyone who works from home should benefit from this measure.

But nobody noticed the relief behind this somewhat cumbersome formulation. And what’s even more amazing: Nobody communicated it.

The relief is considerable, as can be seen from an internal paper by the Federal Ministry of Finance, which is available to the Handelsblatt. The federal and state governments decided on Tuesday evening to cut taxes of 11.6 billion euros. The new depreciation rules are intended to apply in particular to the cost of computer hardware such as printers, scanners and screens, as well as to all types of software.

For this central group of “digital assets”, a normal useful life of one year is assumed in future. “This means that these assets are no longer subject to depreciation,” says the paper from the Federal Ministry of Finance.

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“Rather, the costs can be fully taken into account for tax purposes in the year of acquisition or manufacture. A one-year service life can be justified with increasing rapid technical progress in this segment. “

High relief in the coming years

In times of home office, a decent amount can quickly be collected. Between 2022 and 2026, the Federal Ministry of Finance is expecting relief of a total of 11.7 billion euros. While there will only be tax shortfalls of 390 million euros in 2022, there will be around 4.6 billion euros in 2023 and around 3.9 billion euros in 2024.

The new depreciation is a “smart and targeted proposal that implements a regulation that has been targeted for a long time,” said the Federal Ministry of Finance. The depreciation is not new, but is only brought forward.

According to the paper, the regulation facilitates practical handling in the context of accounting for hardware and software, because delimitation problems are avoided. No separate law is necessary for the discharge, it should come into force through a letter from the Federal Ministry of Finance.

More: Up to 2500 euros: This is how much money taxpayers will save in 2021


What employers and employees need to know

Now it should go very quickly. On Wednesday, the Federal Cabinet nodded the Sars-CoV2 occupational health and safety ordinance submitted by Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD), and it should come into force on Wednesday. This obliges employers, among other things, to offer employees working in office or comparable jobs from home.

The Ministry of Labor does not know exactly how widespread the home office is in the current lockdown. According to a non-representative study by the Hans Böckler Foundation, in November only 14 percent of employees were mainly working from home. During the first lockdown in April, it was 27 percent.

Since the possibilities for further contact restrictions and additional infection protection measures are largely exhausted in many areas of life, “additional and time-limited measures of occupational health and safety are indispensable as contributions to the health protection of employees”, says the regulation.

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In addition to the obligation to work from home, the following also applies: If several colleagues work together in one room, each must have an area of ​​ten square meters. This already shows that it is no longer possible to work en masse in the open-plan office, emphasized Heil.


If the minimum distance and space requirements cannot be guaranteed, the employer must ensure the safety of the employees through ventilation measures or partition walls. In companies with more than ten employees, according to the regulation, the workforce should also be divided into the smallest possible working groups. Wherever minimum distances cannot be maintained, the employer is also obliged to provide medical masks.

Compared to the original ministerial draft, the regulation, which is to apply until March 15, has been weakened again. In Corona hotspots with an incidence of over 200 new infections, Heil originally provided for compulsory weekly testing for workforces in companies where at least 50 employees regularly meet.

This has been deleted again. The federal and state governments are pursuing a comprehensive test strategy, said Heil, but this is also a question of capacity for tests and staff. It was agreed that extensive testing should first be carried out in old people’s homes.

What do the new resolutions mean for companies and employees? The Handelsblatt gives answers to the most important questions.

1. Can the boss still insist that employees come to the office?

In most cases not. The ordinance states that employees must be offered an offer to work from home “if there are no compelling operational reasons”. These are not defined in more detail. Heil also didn’t have a clear answer on Wednesday. “Compelling operational reasons must first be assessed by the employers themselves in the different areas.” But employers are required to look legally binding where home office is somehow possible. A lot more is possible, especially in the office.

Hubertus Heil

The Federal Minister of Labor says: “Compelling operational reasons in the various areas must first be assessed by the employers themselves.”

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In the eyes of Sebastian Schröder, an employment lawyer from Viersen, the wording of the regulation is a strict standard. “The bar is very high. Companies can hardly effectively reject the employees’ desire to work from home, ”said the owner of the Emplaw law firm. The employer must do everything possible to realize home office.

Induction is no longer a reason to bring employees into the company if this can also be done virtually. It looks different if employees do not have their own computer or access to the company network for a short time. That could be a temporary compelling operational reason to bring employees into the company as an exception, so Schröder.

Labor lawyer Philipp Byers from the law firm Watson Farley & Williams in Munich, on the other hand, warns of “considerable legal uncertainty among companies and employees”. Because in the regulation there is no indication of the conditions under which the employer can refer to the presence of urgent operational reasons for refusing to work from home.

2. What happens if employers refuse?

The regulation does not provide for a subjective right of action for the employee to enforce the home office against the will of the employer, says lawyer Byers. However, the employee has the option of reporting the employer to the occupational health and safety authority or the accident insurance company if, in his opinion, he is wrongly denied the option of working from home. Labor Minister Heil advises employees to first talk to their employer. “Most of the time you will find very practical options.” However, employees could also turn to the works council and “in the event of extreme conflict” to the health and safety authorities of the federal states.

3. And who controls the companies?

In companies with co-determination, the works councils would have to take a look, said Heil. There is also the possibility for employees to contact the company management directly. The health and safety authorities of the federal states, the professional associations and the accident insurance institutions have a control function. One thing is clear: “It will not be possible to control it across the board, but it will be spot checks,” said Heil.

4. Do employers have to fear sanctions if they don’t follow the rules?

In the original ministerial draft for the regulation, there was a reference to possible regulatory offenses that an employer can be guilty of. The wording that home office must be made possible “if the activity allows it” is legally so vague that it cannot easily be deduced from an administrative offense. However, should employees turn to the occupational health and safety authorities and proceedings should arise, employers certainly have to fear the consequences.


5. What actually applies if employees do not want to work from home?

Many employees currently find it difficult to work at home because the children are also at home because schools and daycare centers are closed. Sometimes the right desk, your own study or a powerful internet connection is missing. The new regulation does not prevent anyone who absolutely wants to come to the office. “The employer cannot force his employees to work from home,” explains Schröder, an employment lawyer. There is “no legal basis for this, and that would also not make sense in practical terms,” says Heil. So politics can only leave it to the employees with appeals: “We ask the employees to use the offer,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel.

6. Can I just stay in the home office?

Not without consultation. Workers have no right to stay at home preventively if they are afraid of contagion, say lawyers. Those who refuse face a warning or even termination. Because in this country there is so far no legally anchored right to work from home. Heil also said the regulation should be separated from the current political debate on the right to work from home. Employment lawyer Schröder recommends that employees seek a clarifying discussion with their bosses despite the new regulation.

7. Can I still go out to eat with my colleagues at the company?

The government has waived the originally planned ban on eating together in company canteens or tea kitchens. The current regulations are already so strict that regular canteen operations are barely possible, and most facilities only offer take-away, emphasized the labor minister. Exceptions apply, for example, in the food industry, where it is forbidden to eat in the workplace.

Employment lawyer Schröder recommends that companies make sure that employees do not meet in the tea kitchen to eat in groups. “Companies must take precautions to ensure that only employees from a maximum of two households meet in confined spaces while observing hygiene regulations.”

8. Are there any incentives to offer more home offices?

The passage in the decision paper of the federal and state governments sounds extremely unspectacular. “To further stimulate the economy and to promote digitization”, the Federal Government and the Prime Ministers decided at their Corona summit an immediate write-off for digital assets with retroactive effect from January 1, 2021. Everyone who works in the home office should benefit from this measure.

The relief is considerable, as can be seen from an internal paper of the Federal Ministry of Finance, which is available to the Handelsblatt. On Tuesday evening, the federal and state governments decided on tax relief totaling 11.7 billion euros for the years 2022 to 2026.

The new depreciation rules are intended to apply in particular to the cost of computer hardware such as printers, scanners and monitors and software. These and other assets “are no longer subject to depreciation,” says the Ministry of Finance’s paper. “Rather, the costs can be fully taken into account for tax purposes in the year of acquisition or manufacture.” A one-year useful life can be justified with increasing rapid technical progress in this segment.

In times of home office, a decent amount can quickly be collected. While there will only be tax shortfalls of 390 million euros in 2022, there will be around 4.6 billion euros in 2023 and around 3.9 billion euros in 2024.

More: Minister of Labor Heil on the home office: “Not just any appeal, but a very clear announcement”


Klaus Kaldemorgen: No speculative bubble in tech stocks

Klaus Kaldemorgen

The fund manager is closely monitoring the boom in technology stocks amid the pandemic.

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Frankfurt The man is the face of DWS: Klaus Kaldemorgen. In around four decades, he has earned a high reputation in the funds division of Deutsche Bank – even among competitors. Now the 67-year-old sees risks in the floods of money from central banks and governments to support the economy.

Kaldemorgen expects inflation to rise and bond yields to rise slightly. He therefore only has a few bonds in his eleven billion euro mixed fund “DWS Concept Kaldemorgen”.

In the pandemic, the strategist is closely monitoring the boom in technology stocks. This year, however, Kaldemorgen sees greater opportunities for companies from traditional industries whose prices have suffered in the course of the economic downturn. He names, for example, the fields of chemistry, cement, raw materials and cars. Here, stocks would also attract with high dividend yields.

Last year his fund had made a slight loss. This year, the DWS man is aiming for a profit of four to five percent.

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Extension goes into extension (neue-deutschland.de)

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the state leaders had brought forward their new consultations on anti-corona measures by a week in view of the continued high level of infection. This was also done out of concern about the virus variants that are considered to be significantly more contagious. How serious Merkel and the prime ministers assess the situation is not only shown by the extension of the lockdown by two weeks until February 14th, on which the group agreed on Tuesday, according to participants. Gastronomy, leisure facilities and large parts of the retail trade will remain closed, as will the contact restrictions.

The unconditional endeavor to further reduce the possibilities for contacts is also shown by the fact that after long hesitation and much criticism of too few measures in the area of ​​companies, they should now be made more responsible. For example, employers should be obliged to “offer employees in the case of office work or comparable activities to carry out these activities in their home (home office) if there are more than seven days of incidence of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, unless there are compelling operational reasons” According to a draft ordinance by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. In companies, a minimum area of ​​ten square meters per employee in a room should not be undercut, “as far as the activities to be performed allow this”. The expansion of the home office regulations was also part of the federal-state consultations.

Increased home office should also help to reduce the number of passengers in local public transport and thus possible contacts. The use of additional transport capacities should also contribute to this. The draft resolution also provided for an expansion of the mask requirement for buses, trains and shops. Accordingly, everyday masks should no longer be allowed to be used there. Instead, the use of higher quality masks, so-called OP masks and FFP2 masks, should now be prescribed.

Left party and social associations again pointed out that the supply of these masks must be ensured for everyone: “Medical masks have been shown to increase protection against the coronavirus,” emphasized, among other things, Linke boss Katja Kipping. “They must therefore be made available to everyone free of charge immediately.”


NRW postpones vaccinations – Dutch premier for curfews

The Covid-19 vaccine from BioNTech and Pfizer appears According to a study, too to be effective against the more contagious British variant. For the study, blood samples from 16 vaccinated participants from previous clinical trials were exposed to a synthetic virus. This was designed so that it had the same ten characteristic mutations that caused the Variant B.1.1.7 is marked. The antibodies in the blood of the subjects who received the vaccine neutralized this pseudovirus as effectively as the version of coronavirus for which the product was originally developed. That makes it likely that the vaccine will also protect against the British variant, according to the study published on Wednesday.

Pfizer and Biontech had published initial results in early January that showed that the vaccine presumably protects against a key mutationwhich has been detected in the more contagious virus variants from Great Britain and South Africa. Biontech boss Ugur Sahin said in December that from a scientific point of view it was very likely that the vaccine would protect against the new variant.

Biontech announced that it would shortly publish a more detailed analysis of the likely effects of its vaccine on the South African variant. Scientists believe that the new variants are more contagious, but it is believed that they do not make the disease more severe. Other vaccine manufacturers such as AstraZeneca, Moderna and CureVac are also investigating whether their funds protect against the rapidly spreading coronavirus variants.


Europe now needs to be reformed from the ground up

Europe is at a crossroads. The political implosion of America’s once most important partner, the unresolved relationship with Russia and China, the economic upheaval as a result of Corona and the uncoordinated handling of this pandemic have led the European Union into a deep crisis.

As in other political and economic, social or ideological structures, the pandemic acts like a fire accelerator in the ailing building of the European Union. Weaknesses and omissions are revealed, old certainties dissolve, ignorance and repression no longer work.

The world we live in has little in common with that of the Cold War, which sank 30 years ago. The forces that determine our present can no longer be tamed by the means and methods of that past. If we want to control them, we have to ask the right questions, even if the answers are inconvenient. With this relentless diagnosis, a first step on the way out of the crisis has also been taken.

It is no coincidence that Europe does not have a common crisis management system in times of a pandemic. Because the health systems were never coordinated, so they are organized nationally to this day. States like Germany benefit from this because they rely on a consistent regulatory policy and therefore do not reject government guidelines from the outset.

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The billion-dollar reserves of the Federal Employment Agency and the statutory health insurances helped with the organization and financing of the first sweeping measures. So Germany went on its way in this serious crisis. The others went theirs. The paths were similar in some respects, but were not coordinated even under the impact of the pandemic.

The same applies to most areas of political and economic life. It can’t stay that way. If Europe wants to have a future, it has to be more than a well-established internal market, largely freed from stationary border controls, with a partially applicable common currency and a properly functioning crisis mechanism. For a “survival of the European project”, which French President Emmanuel Macron urged at the end of March 2020, this is by no means sufficient.

Founding spirit is necessary

What is required is that revolutionary verve, without which the founders 70 years ago would never have put what was then modern Europe on its feet. It certainly makes a difference whether six or 27 or – in the case of the euro zone – 19 partners are to be brought on board. But if you wait until everyone is on board, you postpone the revolution; if Germany does not come on board, it will not take place.

The mountains of credit and debt show that repair work within the existing system is no longer enough. Without a communitisation of debts, which can only be envisaged by reformulating the entire European treaty, this permanent problem cannot be solved. Of course, the further development of a currency union into a fiscal union is not without risk. But if you shy away from that, you shouldn’t even start building Europe.

The conditions under which the Eurogroup promised some of its particularly troubled members the urgently needed support after the severe financial crisis of 2008/9 urge caution today. The drastic budget cuts that they and other institutions demanded from the particularly affected countries in return for lending were ultimately at the expense of the health care system. To let these states fall into such traps again with ever new loans and austerity would be short-sighted.

We Germans in particular should recognize that the southern European countries are more than popular holiday destinations. They are guarantors of the economic stability of Europe. After Great Britain left, almost 53 percent of German exports of goods still go to the countries of the European Union. Countries like Greece, Italy, Spain or France guarantee our jobs and our prosperity. That they hold us jointly responsible for their stability and survival in times of existential crises is understandable.

Reconstruction aid was a first step

Therefore, the decision of the European heads of state and government in July 2020 to finance a little more than half of the so-called Corona reconstruction aid of 750 billion euros through joint borrowing was a first step on the right path. Just as the compromise on the so-called rule of law mechanism of November 2020 was a step forward.

Assuming the approval of Parliament and the Council of the EU, the EU Commission can in future propose to withdraw funds from various European funds from a country if it violates binding principles of the rule of law. So far, Europe has not found the courage to follow these paths consistently. This is not surprising, because the contractual requirements are currently missing.

Europe has no choice. If it does not want to fail irrevocably, some states, including the economic power Germany and the nuclear power France, must take action. That sounds more daring than it actually is. There are precedents. In 1951, six states brought into being the so-called coal and steel union, the nucleus of today’s EU; In 1999, after years of preparation, eleven EU states, including its six founding members, introduced a common currency and thereby renounced an essential feature of nation-state sovereignty. This is one of the reasons why there is much to suggest that the initiative for a new Europe must come from within this so-called Euro Group.

The principles on which the initiators must agree include: the implementation of the majority vote in a format that is based on the failed constitution of October 2004; the possibility of effective sanctions up to and including the exclusion of members who do not comply with common legal provisions or, for example, in the case of jointly incurred debts, fail to comply with decisions of the community; the further development of the monetary union into a fiscal union; the definition of a closed European legal system; the development of a practicable migration and asylum policy; the formulation of a binding and sustainable resource, energy and environmental strategy and, last but not least, a supranational army worthy of the name.

European army with French nuclear weapons

Whoever wants this army must insist that the French nuclear weapons be brought into it. This has so far been categorically ruled out by Paris. Macron’s offer to enter into a dialogue with the European partners about these systems should be accepted. Every step that leads us out of the impasse in which European defense policy has been stuck for 70 years is worth taking.

In the spring of 2020, EU Foreign Affairs Representative Josep Borrell summed up where we stand against the backdrop of the escalating situation in the Syrian region of Idlib: “We would like to speak the language of power, but at the moment we cannot decide for ourselves. “This helplessness is pathetic. And it’s dangerous. Because without its own, globally operational army, a Europe that is left to its own devices in the event of doubt will neither be able to cope with the future tasks nor will the continent count on American support.

Since NATO, too, has seen its prime in 30 years, such an army is also a crucial prerequisite for transforming the frozen transatlantic alliance into a living partnership. The times in which we Europeans leaned back, let America take care of things and often accompanied American crisis management with arrogant comments are over.

In the foreseeable future, the United States will withdraw from the African and Oriental crisis areas, i.e. from regions of the world whose development is of little importance for it, but of existential importance for Europe.
Against this background, we have no choice but to get involved on the ground massively, possibly also militarily, as the French are currently doing in the Sahel zone.

Germany must not leave defense to others

Because this ties up forces and costs money, Paris twice asked Germany in 2019 whether it could provide capacities for training and supporting special military forces. In relation to the latter, the answer was a smooth rebuff, and that also meant that dangerous missions such as the smashing of the Al-Qaeda leadership in the Sahel zone in spring 2020 were left to others.

Of course, the decision to provide the Bundeswehr with a so-called robust mandate for its foreign missions needs to be carefully examined on a case-by-case basis. But those who basically leave these and other tasks to others not only contribute to the fact that the facade of European solidarity, which has been painstakingly maintained, continues to crumble, but also refuses to recognize that elementary tasks can only be tackled together.

This includes combating the causes that force hundreds of thousands to leave their homes and migrate north. We share responsibility for these causes. Because we knew what was coming. Those who do not believe this should read the report of the Commission for International Development Issues, the so-called North-South Commission, which Willy Brandt, its chairman, presented to the Secretary General of the United Nations in February 1980.

Kill the “monster of Maastricht”

We ignored that. We suppressed it. We thought we could get away with handouts. Today it is too late for strategic preventive intervention in most cases. What remains is the fight against wars and massacres, fires and floods, plagues and epidemics on site: by all means, quickly, specifically, massively and – if there is no other way, as with the fight against terrorism or smuggling crime – military. We Europeans can only achieve this if our common house has a solid foundation.

Which means that the timetable is fixed: first the foundation, then the house. The design flaw of today’s European Union, which was launched in February 1992 with the Maastricht Treaty and cemented in the subsequent treaties, must under no circumstances be repeated. If the initiators want a political union that deserves this name, they have to forego a significant part of their nation-state sovereignty without any ifs or buts.

If they do so, they will inevitably also succumb to the monstrosity of Maastricht, the 250-page compromise with which the heads of state and government did not dare to start again, but instead transferred an outdated order from the divided to the globalized world. The chance that Europe will bring itself to these and other decisions is slim. But there is. We should use it.
The text is a preprint of the book by Gregor Schöllgen and Gerhard Schröder “Last Chance. Why we need a new world order now, ”which is being published by DVA these days.

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An Italian study reveals: Coronavirus patients have reduced deaths with vitamin D use

A study of the University of Padua, Italy, confirmed that vitamin D treatment in patients with corona and its associated diseases reduces the number of deaths, as well as the transfer of patients to intensive care units..

The study scientifically sheds light on the effective role of vitamin D. D On Corona patients has been coordinated by Baoda University Padua With support from the universities of Parma and Verona and research institutes CNR at Reggio Calabria And Pisa But there is currently not much information about how vitamin D affects the onset and course of the disease known as Covid 19, and scientific work has linked vitamin D deficiency to increased exposure to the disease and its more aggressive clinical manifestations..
However, not much is known about the effects of taking cholecalciferol (the original vitamin D) in patients already suffering from Corona, according to the Italian agency “ANSA”.

For its part, recent French research suggested that treatment with cholecalciferol, which was taken in the months preceding the infection, could take a less dangerous course for frail elderly patients with corona.

Expert Sandro Giannini of the University of Padua explained, “The patients surveyed, with an average age of 74, were treated with therapeutic associations and then used in this context and in 36 of the 91 people (39.6%) with a high dose of vitamin D for two consecutive days. Treating the remaining 55 people (60.4%) with vitamin D.

The aim of the study was to assess whether the percentage of patients who underwent transportation to the ICU and died could be affected by vitamin D intake..


Diabetes preparation metformin is supposed to increase the chances of survival significantly – healing practice

Diabetes and COVID-19: Metformin could significantly increase chances of survival

Type 2 diabetes is one of the most important risk factors in connection with the fatal courses of COVID-19. A recent study suggests that people with diabetes who contract COVID-19 have significantly better chances of survival if they take the diabetes drug metformin.

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA) presented a retrospective study that shows that type 2 diabetics treated with metformin had a better chance of surviving a severe course of COVID-19. The research was published in the journal “Frontiers in Endocrinology”.

COVID-19 mortality decreased by two-thirds with metformin

As the working group reports, the data evaluated in the study show that the risk of death in people with type 2 diabetes and severe COVID-19 courses is reduced by two thirds if those affected already do so before the SARS-CoV-2 infection Diabetes drug metformin.

“This beneficial effect persisted even after risk factors such as age, gender, body weight, high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease and heart failure were corrected,” explains study leader Anath Shalev, who is also director of the Diabetes Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He also emphasizes that similar observations have been made in other countries such as China and France.

In summary, “this suggests that the observed reduction in the risk of death associated with metformin use in people with type 2 diabetes and COVID-19 may be generalizable,” said Shalev.

Basic mechanism unknown

However, it is not yet clear why metformin improves the prognosis in connection with COVID-19. For this reason, it cannot yet be clearly stated that this is the case, although the data strongly suggest it. The results of the study even suggest that the mechanisms could go beyond an expected improvement in glycemic control or obesity, as neither the body mass index (BMI) nor the blood sugar nor the hemoglobin A1C in the surviving metformin- Users compared to the deceased were lower.

“The mechanisms could be related to the anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic effects of metformin,” the study director suspects. If so, the drug could also be effective in high risk patients without diabetes.

Diabetics are more likely to die from COVID-19

The study evaluated data from 25,326 patients who were tested for COVID-19 at UAB Hospital between February 25 and June 22, 2020. 604 people from this group had to be treated in the clinic for a severe course of COVID-19 – including 239 people who suffered from diabetes. 67 patients did not survive the disease. Among the deaths were 45 people with diabetes. According to the data, the following factors are associated with an increased risk of death:

  • Age over 50 years,
  • high blood pressure,
  • male gender,
  • Presence of diabetes.

Diabetes has been linked to the most dramatic increase in mortality. 67 percent of deaths occurred in those with diabetes. An exception, however, were diabetics, who were treated with metformin beforehand. Only 8 deaths were recorded in this group – two-thirds fewer than in diabetics who did not take metformin. This opens up the possibility that “metformin could have a protective effect in this high-risk population,” summarizes Shalev.

Karl Lauterbach draws attention to the study

The German politician, doctor and health economist Karl Lauterbach tweeted on January 15, 2021 on the subject: “Diabetics have a 3-fold higher risk of dying from Covid. Study from Alabama shows a significant reduction in the risk of Covid for those who control blood sugar with metformin tablets. “(Vb)

Also read: COVID-19 research: Licorice active ingredient glycyrrhizin kills coronaviruses.

Author and source information

This text complies with the requirements of specialist medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical professionals.


Diploma-Editor (FH) Volker Blasek


  • Deutsches Ärzteblatt: Study: Metformin could reduce the mortality of diabetics from COVID-19 (published: January 15, 2021), aerzteblatt.de
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham: Metformin use reduces risk of death for patients with COVID-19 and diabetes (veröffentlicht: 14.01.2021), uab.edu
  • Andrew B. Crouse, Tiffany Grimes, Peng Li, et al.: Metformin Use Is Associated With Reduced Mortality in a Diverse Population With COVID-19 and Diabetes; in: Frontiers in Endocrinology, 2021, frontiersin.org

Important NOTE:
This article is for general guidance only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. He can not substitute a visit at the doctor.