The Second Wave Hits the Hospitals German ICUs Are Struggling to Keep Up with Corona

German hospitals have invested heavily in the equipment needed to treat serious cases of COVID-19. But they lack the staff necessary to cope with the second coronavirus wave, which is already filling up intensive care units.
A COVID-19 patient and a nurse in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Gross-Gerau, Germany: In many cases, a full-time nurse is needed for each patient.

A COVID-19 patient and a nurse in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Gross-Gerau, Germany: In many cases, a full-time nurse is needed for each patient.

Foto: Peter Jülich / DER SPIEGEL
DER SPIEGEL 46/2020
SPIEGEL International Pfeil nach rechts
"We are threatened with the kind of conditions seen in Bergamo in the spring."

Saarland Governor Tobias Hans

Managing Director Raab (second from left) and hospital staff: "It's going to get really bad soon."

Managing Director Raab (second from left) and hospital staff: "It's going to get really bad soon."

Foto: Peter Jülich / DER SPIEGEL
Frankfurt's University Hospital has been trying for days now to send corona patients to other smaller hospitals in the vicinity.
In the intensive care sector alone, around 4,700 jobs for nurses remain unfilled.
Hospitals are now having to rely on medical students just to ensure that COVID-19 patients get any treatment at all.
Mehr lesen über