The corona virus does not take a summer break. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Germany on Saturday morning indicated a 7-day incidence of 696.5. The number of new infections is therefore increasing every day. FOCUS Online says which Corona rules now apply.

In Germany, the Omikron variant BA.5 is spreading. The number of new infections is increasing. The 7-day incidence is increasing. In the previous week, the 600 mark was reached, the week before the value of 400 had been broken.

The number of seriously ill people being treated with Covid-19 in intensive care units in Germany has risen to 1000, according to the current daily report of the intensive care register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). .

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Those who have tested positive often do not know how to behave. Many measures from last winter no longer apply. FOCUS Online says how you should react.

Citizen tests are no longer free for everyone in Germany. A deductible of three euros is generally due for the quick test from the pharmacy.

The citizen tests that have been free for all so far are only available for certain groups without self-participation. These include:

Appropriate evidence must be presented at the test center or pharmacy.

Anyone who wants to attend a music concert or be tested for a family celebration has to pay for the citizen test.

If you have corona symptoms or feel ill, you should contact your family doctor. Although it is no longer possible to call in sick over the phone, your family doctor can inform you about the necessary steps.

FOCUS Online advises: If your family doctor’s office is on vacation, use online video consultation hours. You can call the practice in advance. This allows you to get an appointment faster.

Those affected must also be in domestic isolation for five days. It is also recommended to repeatedly perform a rapid or self-test after the fifth day and remain in isolation until the test is negative.

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In this case it would be advisable to carry out a PCR test. If this result is positive, isolation is valid for five days. It is usually counted from the day after the first positive test result. The isolation also applies to fully vaccinated people who have tested positive. Even if they have no symptoms.

It is also recommended to repeatedly perform a rapid or self-test after the fifth day and remain in isolation until the test is negative.

Those affected must inform the employer in any case. It is advisable to call in sick.

If you have a positive rapid test, you will receive a free PCR test at the test center. You must take your positive rapid test result with you to the appointment. It is important to note that many drive-thru locations have now closed and opening times have been reduced. As a rule, test centers may be closed on Sundays.

Any family doctor’s practice can also order a free PCR test if, for example, an infection is to be confirmed or ruled out due to certain symptoms.

If you need a PCR test for personal use, you have to pay for it. As a rule, those affected have to reckon with costs from 60 euros upwards.

Masks are compulsory in clinics, nursing and retirement homes and medical practices. Wearing a mask is mandatory on public transport and on planes (to and from Germany).

According to the current status, close contacts do not have to be isolated at home. But there are also regional differences.

Contact persons are urgently recommended to reduce contact with vulnerable people in particular, to pay attention to their own symptoms and to be tested or tested for the presence of an infection with SARS-Cov-2 using a rapid antigen test.

FOCUS Online: You should do a self-test or quick test on the third or fourth day after contact with the person who tested positive.

no If you and your child have statutory health insurance, you can take child sick days to look after your child. This is possible for children up to the age of 12 and for children with disabilities without an age limit.

If you have planned a trip and have tested positive, you must be in domestic isolation for at least five days.

You have to cancel or postpone your vacation. In this case, those affected bear the cancellation costs themselves, as it is a private matter.

Since mid-February, the Standing Vaccination Commission has been advising people over 70 and certain risk groups to get a second booster vaccination. The recommendation also applies to employees of facilities such as clinics and nursing homes. If there is a health risk, Stiko advises that the second refresher should be carried out no earlier than three months after the first. For health and nursing staff, there should be a gap of at least six months.

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 5.8 million people in Germany have already been vaccinated four times. This corresponds to seven percent of the total population.

Those who have recovered lose their immune status within the European Union six months or 180 days (6 months) after the positive test result.

Those who are basic immunized, i.e. have only received two vaccinations, lose their status after nine months (270 days).

People who have been boosted (i.e. with a third vaccination) are considered “boosted” indefinitely.

You can see when your status expires using our calculator, which you can find here:

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