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License to travel. Earlier on screen than the next Bond movie?

Blog of Dr. Lindner, Chief Medical Officer World Medical Card  5/2021- 6/2021

We grew up with the experience that only if we are intending to travel to special countries or regions in the world we should see a doctor who is an expert in travel medicine beforehand.
In almost all cases this preparation with vaccinations or certain medications was self-centered to protect ourselves from harm but not for reasons focusing on the general health of the population of the country we are travelling to.
As a consequence, we did not need to proof our medical status when crossing the border.
A vaild passport and sometimes a visa with the declaration that we are not suffering from special illnesses was enough.

This not true anymore and proofing a sufficient immune status, a complete vaccination status against Sars- CoV- 2 will become as important as our passport to reach our holiday destination smoothly.
Set under pressure by the countries depending on tourism the European Union (EU) has just decided that every country in the EU can set up its own operating system to ensure a QR-code based documentation of the necessary information for its people.
To avoid discrimination, recent negative testing results must be accepted as well.
Data should only be stored on the mobile of the person itself or on paper.

Using a collective European system then, this certificate should be readable in every EU member state. One can wonder how this will work out until June (2021!) as a lot of EU countries just demonstrated their lack of digital infrastructure and ideas by desperately trying to set up digital solutions for transmitting test results or warnings of dangerous contacts.

But what about non- EU travelers?
Generally, they should be able to join this collective system as well (whenever it is working) and go to Italy or Greece if they have the license to travel!

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As if the situation is not complicated enough!

Blog of Dr. Lindner, Chief Medical Officer World Medical Card  4/2021- 5/2021

A number of people are confronted with some extra problems these days as early bloomers like hazelnut and alder begin to spread their pollen. As a result, persons suffering from hayfever and are experiencing breathing problems might feel it challenging to differentiate between being hit by pollen or the Sars- CoV- virus.
Other players with overlapping symptoms, although rare this season, are common cold and influenza.

However, there are some facts that offer guidance out of the dilemma.
First of all, it is quite likely that people with known hay fever for years suffer from it again these days. Next, first-line symptoms of allergy are itchiness of eyes and nose as well as sneezing.
In contrast, leading symptoms of Sars- CoV-2 infection are a dry cough and fever.
Especially fever is not linked to allergic reactions at all and people suffering from the combination of fever and coughing need to be tested for Sars- CoV- 2 (and combined or if negative for influenza).

Weariness and tiredness are no helpful parameters as they may occur due to the illness itself or as a side effect of anti- allergic (anti- histaminic) drugs.
Talking about medication, one can stumble upon a discussion about the possible effect of the intake of glucocorticoids (as anti-allergic medication e.g.) on the probability of being infected with Sars- CoV- 2.

Please do not stop any of your regular medication before talking to your doctor and make sure you have your list of medication and known medical problems ready doing so.

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Pandemic Business Solutions

Blog of Dr. Lindner, Chief Medical Officer World Medical Card 3/2021- 4/2021

Although home office is the gold standard to reduce contacts and therefore prevent work- related SARS CoV-2 infections some of us have to be present at work regularly or at least sometimes.

Employers are in charge to cut this necessity down to a minimum of time and have to present effective hygienic concepts for the workplace itself. However, “working” also includes commuting and sometimes even traveling which means exposing employees to a risk of infection out of direct control of the employer. The best way to go to work in terms of infection control is individual transport.

If individual transport is not possible, employers alternatively can organize transport of their staff at least in small groups (“tunnel to work”).

Whenever employees are dependent on public transport they should follow the “rules” of precaution already mentioned in the last blog.

(https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public)

Employers in this case could offer support by providing asks and effective hand rub to minimize risk of infection.

As soon as rapid-antigen-tests for SARS CoV-2 for untrained people are approved by local authorities, regular testing at the workplace might be a meaningful option to avoid work- related infections as well.
To date, international travelling is restricted to a high extent and replaced by digital solutions.
In the event of an inevitable job- related journey employer and employee should both check the actual regulations of all affected countries/areas (entry, quarantine, accommodation) and anticipate possible changes during the time of the trip.

A special focus should be on the testing options at the destination to assure an uncomplicated way back home as well as the knowledge of a medical contact for eventual treatment and the availability of all necessary medical information of the persons travelling.

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It is not over yet…

Blog of Dr. Lindner, Chief Medical Officer World Medical Card
2/ 2021- 3/2021

“Immunization against the Sars- CoV2 virus is making progress. However, this process is not as fast as we might wish- not even in the countries with sufficient economic power.

On top, there is and still will be a lot of uncertainty of new mutants of the virus in terms of easier spreading, severity of infection and effect of vaccination for some time. Consequently, we should recall individual precautions best proven as effective over and over again during the next weeks or months.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends:

(Excerpt from:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public, Date of access: Feb, 08th 2021)

  • Maintain at least a 1-metre distance between yourself and others
  • Make wearing a mask a normal part of being around other people. The appropriate use, storage and cleaning or disposal are essential to make masks as effective as possible.
  • Avoid the 3Cs: spaces that are closed, crowded or involve close contact
  • Meet people outside.
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
    Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.

However, we expect a great variety of different status concerning Sars-CoV2/ Covid 19 in the population. More and more people will be vaccinated, others have gone through the infection and might have information about their amount of antibodies. This is obviously associated with a lot of medical information like e.g. date and product of vaccination(s) that needs to be easily accessible for health care personnel in order to be clear on this and ensure safe medical treatment. Moreover, it is foreseeable the availability of this information also becomes more and more important in daily social life.»

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The challenges of social isolation

Read the Blog of Dr. Lindner, Chief Medical Officer World Medical Card 1/ 2021- 2/2021

The challenges of social isolation and precautions one can take
Today, there is huge evidence that social isolation as we all experience it in lock- down times is a risk factor for mental and physical disorders.

Social isolation can lead to e.g. anxiety, depression, anger, sleep disturbance and create the feeling of loneliness. All of these can boost each other and generate physical problems or aggravate chronic diseases like dementia or Parkinson`s disease for example. For prevention, a fixed structure of the day, regular exercise and a balanced diet can be helpful.

Digital media can only absorb some of these effects as nothing can replace a real touch or a face- to -face talk.
Hence, the elderly as the ones with chronic illnesses and without being digital native are supposed to be most vulnerable. If people are integrated in a lively, manifold social network they better take care of themselves and by
experiencing the care of others the impact of isolation on their health is cushioned.

How to maintain this most efficiently during lock- down? Firstly, persons at risk, their relatives and friends have to sensitize each other to these facts and interrelations.

On the basis of a regular and open communication, the knowledge of each other`s sorrows and pain as well as medical complaints low-threshold service can be offered within the network before worsening takes place or maybe even professional healthcare has to be involved.

This is true for numerous problems of daily life that normally are trivial to solve like getting fresh supply of regular medication.

World Medical Card  is your personal medical profile controlled by you.
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