What IC doctors do differently in the second wave – Wel.nl

The second wave of corona is different from the first wave of March, when we had to deal with a completely unknown virus and it turned out that we had far too few ic beds. IC doctors explain to RTL Nieuws what has now been improved.

Firstly, there is more space in intensive care. In the Jeroen Bosch Hospital in Den Bosch, for example, 20 beds are now available instead of 14 and it is possible to scale up to 26. Logistics and other processes have also been improved. But more importantly, better treatment is possible.

“We now know that we need to do good research into coagulation disorders in the blood, which can lead to pulmonary embolisms,” says IC doctor Peter de Jager, head of intensive care at the Jeroen Bosch Hospital. “Much more is also known about ventilation techniques, which allow patients to leave the IC more quickly. Moreover, we now know that it is good to administer anti-inflammatory drugs at an early stage. ”

Marco Knook, IC doctor at the Reinier de Graaf hospital in Delft explains that patients receive the drug dexametasone. “We see that they respond well to that, which means they can get off the ventilator more quickly. As a result, they don’t have to stay on the IC for as long. We already give the patients dexametasone before they end up on the IC. ”

“In percentage terms, fewer patients will go to the ic, because we can treat the consequences of the virus better,” says De Jager. But he warns: “The virus has not diminished in strength, corona is still hitting just as hard as in the beginning.”

Bron (nen): RTL News


Friede Springer and Mathias Döpfner in the YouTube video – media

Can love be a sin? No, no, she can’t, and certainly not when she appears so pure, so innocent as in the film that has been in the big fairy tale chest on YouTube since the day before yesterday. A man in his prime does not exchange rings with a woman in even better years, but does exchange nice thoughts. The situation is very intimate, but we can be there, see and hear the man stammering. With a sigh, he almost confesses to his beloved that he is “a little lacking in words”, but then he brings it out completely, the arch-poetic sentence: “I always wanted that restless sleep of the lover.”

But oh, that’s not true at all, that was a hearing mistake, the man says something completely different: “I always wanted that restless sleep of the entrepreneur.” As lovingly as the two look into each other’s eyes, as encouragingly as she pats his arm and assures “We can do it, Mathias!”, The disappointed romantic in the audience soon notices that this is about money, about a lot of money. Friede Springer, the main shareholder of Axel Springer, is giving her young CEO Mathias Döpfner, 57, shares worth more than one billion euros, and is also transferring his own voting rights to him. And yet love has to be involved, the two radiate out into the world so enthusiastically from this act of donation (the video is also subtitled in English) that no one thinks about the stupid money anymore. Everyone should know, everyone should experience how happy she is. “I feel very good,” said 78-year-old Friede Springer, now that “the contracts are so far”. One would have to have the heart of a Bismarck monument not to be touched by this chiseled sentence: “Mathias, you will be my successor.”

It is, Goddess complained, simply too little love in the world, all the more comforting for us that we are allowed to witness this spectacle of tender intimacy. There is a lot of wood in the background, and if you didn’t see the bibliophile volumes on the right edge of the picture, you could assume that the two found each other in the Finnish sauna. Years ago Döpfner declared that he was the last to sweat among colleagues, but here he seems a bit overwhelmed. From money or not from luck?

Because love is not “this birding in and out” like Franz Josef Wagner to us poeta laureatus from Image, just let know, but “when my partner pushes me in a wheelchair, when I remain loyal to him in illness and need”. So it has to be love after all, and such a pretty little billion as a morning gift is certainly not to be despised.


‘Entire group of friends contaminated in the open air at the festival’ – Wel.nl

An evening of partying in the open air will not do much harm, a group of friends of twelve men must have thought. Eleven were subsequently found to be infected with the corona virus.

The people in their twenties and thirties had gone to an outdoor festival in Nijmegen on 12 September to celebrate a birthday, but there, at the Nijmeegse Bierfeesten on a former factory site in the Hazenkamp district, things did not end well.

A few days later, one of the friends reports in the group app that he has a cold. Another has a test and turns out to be infected. In the end, all but one turned out to have the virus. They did not keep their distance. There was even cuddling. “You don’t pay much attention to each other,” says one in De Gelderlander.

Whether the infections really took place at the festival and therefore in the open air, the GGD can only suspect, not prove. “The GGD does not know whether an infection has taken place in the open air. This is an assumption. Infections mainly occur when people do not keep to the 1.5 meters distance, ”said a spokesman.


Some young people get very sick from corona. Why them? – Wel.nl

Most young people do not suffer much from a corona infection. But some become critically ill without having any weaknesses or illnesses before.

It seems that these young people have genetic unlucky, say two studies in the Lancet.

“It is no coincidence that someone who is healthy and who has only just run a marathon, so to speak, can end up in intensive care with Covid-19”, says Fil Deal Haerynck, professor of immunology (UZ Gent / UGent). The newspapaer. “For 14 percent of the patients who were previously perfectly healthy, we were able to demonstrate that there is a problem with their immune system. They have a shortage of a substance that is crucial in the defense against the sars-CoV-2 virus. ”

In addition to the specific autoantibodies, the researchers found another explanation for a critical course of a Covid-19 infection in healthy patients: their genes. Genetic analyzes were performed for almost 2,000 patients. Again, patients were examined who were admitted to hospital with life-threatening Covid-19 (and who may or may not die there), but who had no known medical problems before. Their genes were compared with patients who were infected with sars-CoV-2, but had little or no problems with it. In that critically ill group, 3.5 percent was found to have a genetic defect, particularly in one of the thirteen genes that are known to play a role in the production of the type I interferons.

It is also quite remarkable that most of them are men. “We suspect that the production of these faulty antibodies is linked to the X chromosome,” says Haerynck. “But more research is needed for that.”

Bron (nen): The morning


‘That lockdown will come’ – Wel.nl

“That lockdown will come. I am not involved, but I feel that. ” Diederik Gommers said that today The Coen and Sander Show on Radio 538.

“We are unable to reduce the number of infections,” thinks the chairman of the Association for Intensive Care. He does advocate a tailor-made lockdown, “more for the elderly than for the young.” Because Gommers also thinks: “We are not only talking about health care, but also about the economy and social life.”

The chairman of the Social and Economic Council (SER), Mariëtte Hamer, even calls a second peak of infections “disastrous for the economy”. She continues: “The cabinet would do well to make it clear every day that it is 5 to 12 am and that we must do everything to prevent a further outbreak. The GGDs need to be helped better. And we must take measures that disrupt the economy as little as possible. ”

Bron (nen): WE


Man dies after eating one and a half bags of licorice a day – Wel.nl

A 54-year-old man from the US state of Massachusetts has died because he ate too much licorice, doctors say.

The construction worker, whose name is not mentioned, reportedly ate one and a half bags of licorice a day. He had no complaints until he suddenly had a heart attack in a fast food restaurant. Doctors describe the case this week in the New England Journal of Medicine and state that the substance glycyrrizine in the licorice must have been the cause of death. “We heard that this patient had a bad diet and was eating a lot of sweets. Could his illness have been caused by his licorice consumption? ” Dr. Elazer Edelman wonders in the play.

He cites studies showing that glycyrrizine, a substance extracted from licorice root and often added to licorice, can cause numerous problems, such as ‘high blood pressure, low potassium, too high a pH value, heart rhythm disturbances and kidney failure’ . The patient appeared to suffer from all these conditions.

A few weeks before his death, the man had switched to a different type of candy: the red wine gums had been exchanged for licorice. Another doctor, Andrew Lundquist, states in the report that the licorice was fatal to the American. “Further research has shown that his recent switch to licorice caused the dangerously low potassium levels.” He would eventually have had the heart attack because of that.

Bron (nen): BBC


Journalists in danger of extinction in China

Australia lacks journalists in China for the first time in half a century after the recent hasty departure of the last two. Dozens of foreign journalists in China and Chinese abroad have been expelled in the last year, collateral damage in the struggles of governments that ignore that elementary courtesy of not shooting the pianist. The account is unlikely to end up with the Australians.

Bill Birtles and Mike Smith they concluded in early September that they were no longer safe in China. Bilateral relations were deteriorating relentlessly and months ago it had already been detained Cheng Lei, Australian presenter of a Chinese public channel, for the liturgical and gaseous charge of attempt against national security.

Smith says that he had been alerted for the first time in late August by his newspaper, after it was contacted by his embassy, ​​but that he was not overly concerned by the lack of precedents of foreign journalists detained in China. “Although I was concerned about Cheng’s situation, I believed that we were in different situations because she worked for a Chinese national media and I for a foreign one. In the following days I received another direct alert from my embassy to leave China,” he continues. She bought the ticket but the police showed up at her home on the eve of the flight to inform her that she was being investigated. The foreign ministries agreed that he could leave only if he accepted a interrogation. “I had nothing interesting to say to them. I never felt that the interview was related to national security, but that it was a process that I had to go through as part of a larger political game related to the tensions between China and Australia,.

Beijing reported that Australian authorities had questioned four Chinese journalists in June and confiscated computers, phones and even electronic toys from their children. Canberra did not deny it and alluded to “possible foreign interference” which it did not specify.

Usual friction

The friction between journalists and police in China they are neither strange nor ferocious. They can ruin a day’s work, take away your equipment, or scare your interpreter. This correspondent has suffered the delete photos and has saved others by hiding the memory card under his underwear, it has been expelled from a hotel at dawn by half a dozen policemen and has received threats about your visa. But during the process, a reassuring certainty floats: the foreign journalist is not hit. It is an appreciable deference because the Chinese colleague can be beaten to death and imprisoned with impunity. The correspondent’s job is arid but not dangerous. It’s not china like Philippines The Mexico, peacetime democracies, where journalists are periodically murdered. After the articles perceived as hostile come the invitations to “have tea“in which they will read the primer to its author. minimum codes of coexistence with foreign journalists whom Beijing sees as necessary evils.

Among them was that of not kicking them out. This year, however, they have already left 19 after their essential press license was canceled or not renewed. Is the biggest output operation since the tanks ran by Tiananmén in 1989. Foreign Correspondents Club in China has denounced the “constant danger of expulsion“and noted that” coercive practices have turned accredited journalists into pawns of diplomatic conflicts“.

This is exemplified by Beijing and Washington. China expelled three Wall Street Journal journalists in February for an opinion piece titled The sick of Asia. The outrage was not surprising because that is how the Japanese alluded to China during the traumatic imperialism that left millions of dead. Trump later designated the Chinese media as “foreign delegations” to reduce their number and 60 journalists packed their bags. And Beijing revoked licenses of famous headers such as The New York Times The The Washington Post.

More cracks

The exchange of blows allows different readings. It is true that there are journalists on one side and propagandists on the other. It is also true that democracies are assumed to have ethical leadership and a duty of exemplarity that squeaks with the expulsion of journalists, propagandists included. Reciprocity between democracies and dictatorships pushes the world towards disturbing places.

He journalists emptied It comes when communication channels are most essential and watertight compartments are most dangerous. “The absence of journalists will not help politicians and the general public in Australia understand what is happening in China. This can lead to more fissures and political tensions,” warns Mike Smith.


Prantl’s look – quality comes from agony – politics

Germany was a heap of rubble, Munich a heap of rubble; there was still no basic law, there was no state constitution, there was nothing to eat and there was little confidence. Those returning from the war felt that there was no home any more. At home – that was stench, black market, hunger, theft, law of the fist and fraud. That was the case in Cologne and in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Dresden, Kassel and Munich. The external devastation continued inside people; the future was a hole the size of a bomb crater. It was the time when the writer Heinrich Böll wrote that some people only gradually dared to accept life, their life again. Of course, there were also the other survivors who with the washable conscience who managed the feat before, during and after the Nazi catastrophe, were politically correct.

Contribute “to the spiritual transformation of Europe”

During this time the Southgerman newspaper for the first time. The last preparations were made 75 years ago. The first edition of the Süddeutsche Zeitung distributed – it had eight pages. The new paper was published: initially only twice a week, there was a shortage of paper. The three founding fathers of the SZ – Edmund Goldschagg, Franz Josef Schöningh and August Schwingenstein – had received license number 1 from the Military Government East. The SZ was the first German newspaper to be published in Bavaria with the permission of the Americans. The newspaper wanted, as the first edition promised, “to be the voice of a liberal present open to all young people who want to participate in the intellectual and cultural transformation of Europe.” After twelve years of lying, it was said that the newspaper wanted to prove “that there is still a real democratic spirit in Germany.” That formulated a high, a very high standard.

For this reason I am writing about my newspaper in today’s newsletter, the Southgerman newspaper – and about what good journalism is. In my opinion, good journalism is journalism in which the journalists know that they have a task and that this task has to do with a fundamental right: Article 5 of the Basic Law, freedom of the press. Not every profession has its own basic right, strictly speaking only for one.

Clicks, reach, circulation – and trust

Polls on journalists’ image are not very good: it’s not as good as it needs to be and not as bad as it could be. Journalism must not only fulfill the task it has in the democratic media society in numerical terms; Journalism is a qualitative task. If journalism is of quality, it doesn’t depend on image campaigns: it needs good journalists. Journalism that people trust and trust is as important today, in 2020, as it was back in 1945. The big question is not: How do you create clicks, reach, circulation? The big question is: how do you create trust? Then there are clicks, reach and circulation.

Born in Munich, at home all over the world

Already in the sixties of the last century the Southgerman newspaper in the British House of Commons as one of “the pillars of democracy in Germany”. It managed to bring together many of the good and not a few of the best German journalists. Hans Habe, the writer and journalist, put together the first weekend supplement, Karl Valentin wrote stories in the local section. The newspaper accompanied the denazification, the democratization, the economic miracle. It developed into a national paper, it advertised with the motto: “Born in Munich, at home in the world”.

A special feature of the newspaper is the side light – not quite from the first issue, but almost. Since 1946 the side light has been on the first page, first column, top left. The side light is the lapel of the newspaper, “the carnation in the buttonhole”, as someone once said about this daily gloss. Who wants to know what the Southgerman newspaper that matters, he has to read the sidelight. There you can feel the spirit of the newspaper especially; and maybe also why it has become so successful. The gloss is a special form of comment – and that brings us to my favorite subject.

The professor and the booth woman

Years ago – I had to give the Theodor Herzl lectures on “Poetics of Journalism” at the University of Vienna – I tried to formulate my demands on the newspaper, whose editorial office I joined at the beginning of 1988: “She is a Journal that writes reports, analyzes, commentaries and editorials in such a way that it is not only a gain but also a pleasure to read. It satisfies hunger and it arouses appetite. It is a journal for both the university professor and for them Standlfrau from Viktualienmarkt. She is able to present even complex topics in such a way that the expert respects them and the layman understands. ” That’s how it should be; and that’s how it should stay.

My favorite journalistic subject was and is the commentary, the leading article, the column – that is, the contribution to the discussion. Its power certainly also depends on the edition of the sheet in which it appears, i.e. on the range of the medium. But that’s not all. A lame comment is and remains a lame comment, whether it is in the six-office messenger or in the Süddeutsche Zeitung is published. A comment should not leave you indifferent; it should stimulate or excite, it should either convince or provoke contradiction.

Draw circles

An editorial or a commentary is not democratic if it seeks to represent majority opinion; Nothing would be more boring – then you could have Forsa and the Wahlen research group write the comments alternately. An editorial is democratic when, let’s say a little pathetically, it helps to talk. A good editorial is like a stone thrown into the water: it does not change the quality of the water, but it draws circles.

Back then, in my lectures at the University of Vienna, that was in 2011, I got the Southgerman newspaper presented and described as follows: “It offers comprehensive and reliable information. It is an opinion leader in political and social discourse. It is a sheet of paper that carefully reviews, classifies and analyzes information. It is a place of democratic and enlightened discussion culture”. I wish it to be and stay that way Süddeutsche Zeitung for the 75th birthday.

Quality comes from agony: This quality phrase is in the Hamburg journalism school, but it does not only apply to journalism students. This sentence does not mean that readers and users should be tortured with superficial journalism. Quality comes from torture: This sentence requires journalists in all media to torture themselves to do the best; and it requires publishers and media managers to enable journalists to do their best. Then journalism will have a good, and then maybe even a bright future.


Scientists impressed by spectacular photo of Jupiter – Wel.nl

NASA shared a particularly impressive snapshot of the planet Jupiter on Friday. The Hubble Space Telescope even captured the gas giant, which is at least 588 million kilometers from Earth, with one of its moons in the background.

At the rear left of the spectacular photo, icy moon Europa, which is suspected of hiding under the ice crust, is a liquid ocean. Most striking, however, is the large red spot on Jupiter itself, which has been visible since the first observation in 1930. It is a gigantic storm that has likely raged through the planet’s atmosphere for centuries. That storm alone is bigger than Earth.

Below the red spot is a white spot, a storm called Oval BA. It was still very red in 2006, but is now much lighter in color. An elongated white spot can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere. This is also a storm, NASA reports.


Coverage of Covid-19: Not everything needs a corona shoot

One study says the coverage of Covid-19 was too negative. But how should journalists write about a pandemic?

Scenes like from an epidemic film on the German-Polish border in March Photo: Florian Gaertner / photothek / imago

I would like to tell you: everything will be fine. Mishaps happen, Söder can handle it and Bob Dylan recently released a new album. But I’m critical, grumpy, and not a bloody happiness manager. But a journalist.

Every day, we journalists write what goes wrong, where there are how many dead, who hits whom and how, and what abysses our world is heading towards. We are talented playwrights, in love with tragedy. And that’s a problem sometimes. Because right now in the corona crisis, an old journalism dilemma is noticeable: journalists write too negatively, dull readers or turn away. If journalists write too positively, they make themselves suspicious, partial or uncritical.

Recently, two cultural scientists from the University of Passau analyzed the special editions of ARD and ZDF since the beginning of the pandemic in a study. And came to the conclusion that too negative and too much had been reported about Corona. And also too dramatic.

Despite its predictability, the study was widely discussed and criticized. The broadcaster bosses of ARD and ZDF defended themselves. The ARD editor-in-chief Rainald Becker protested on Deutschlandfunk: “Journalism is not there to find solutions or to point out possible solutions. Others have to do that. Politics has to do that, business has to do that, people have to do that. The job of journalism is to describe a reality, an event. “

Christian Drosten, the hero

But this reality is never simply described, it is always designed in a narrative. The authors of the study, Dennis Gräf and Martin Hennig, examined the coverage of Corona from a philological perspective, among other things – in relation to how the staging was done. There was talk of “Hollywood aesthetics”, “dystopian apocalyptic mood” and “pre-evening soap”.

It is worth taking a look at the media presentation of the pandemic: Were the measures for pandemic protection in 2020 a tragedy? The characters and their cast would at least fit: Christian Drosten as a hero, responsible, hostile, but sacrificing himself to higher goals (“there is no glory in prevention”), at times the anti-heroes Hendrik Streeck and Armin Laschet with their unsuccessful PR for the Heinsberg study .

And there is the chorus of deniers. The question is not always just to what extent reality is correctly depicted – but also whether reporting falls into patterns that then become clichés and lead to disinterest. Because how much tragedy can a person take? Before the audience stops reading news about Corona just because it’s about Corona, one can at least consider changing course.

With a view to a “second wave”, how could the story of the pandemic be narrated differently? No, I don’t mean the K-word: “constructive journalism”. As I said: I’m not a bloody happiness manager. But the storytelling could be better.

Not every text needs a “corona twist”

First: Not every article needs a “corona twist”. Portraits and reports on other subjects work well without reference to the terrible times we are currently living in. Yes, what happens in this world takes place under special conditions: football matches, concerts, government meetings, elections. Nevertheless, there is no need for corona causality – not everything is related to the pandemic.

With the dutiful interweaving of the mask requirement, the distance, the digital conferences, the references back to the lockdown, the C-word creeps into life like the construction work in front of the window – it’s annoying, it’s loud, you ignore it.

Second, the dramaturgy: are Coronanews always cover stories? How many masks do you need on a page? Which aspect has to be in the headline? The fact that Norway classifies Germany as a risk area says something about the drama of the number of cases, but it also says that Norway may have a very cautious policy and simply has fewer case numbers.

So do we really need a breaking news here? If a report about stressed parents because of the closed schools is cut on television immediately after a report about the health risks of reopening schools, the tragedy pattern is perfectly fulfilled. Problem is cut to problem. And that is exactly what the hopelessness suggests, a core element of tragedy – no matter what the characters do and how they act, they act wrong.

And finally: In addition to tragedy, the comedy is also a means of emotionalising, and even in this pandemic there are funny moments that are worth telling. Because – Shakespeare already knew – the comic relief, the relieving laugh, is part of a good tragedy. Therefore nothing has to be watered down, sweetened or withheld. The narrative instruments may vary even in crises.

Speaking of instruments. Bob Dylan has a new album. It’s called “Rough and Rowdy Days”.