Eckart von Hirschhausen meets long-time Covid patients in a documentary

Documentary “Untreated Pandemic”
Hirschhausen complains of longstanding lack of support for Covid patients: ‘It shouldn’t be’

Eckart von Hirschhausen also meets with Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach in his documentary The Untreated Pandemic.

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In his new film The Untreated Pandemic, doctor and TV presenter Eckart von Hirschhausen provides insight into the suffering of those affected by the long-term Covid disease. In Sandra Meischberger’s talk, he also harshly criticized the Paul Ehrlich Institute.

By Ariane Yazdani Konchari

There is hardly any talk of the epidemic at the moment. Even with “Maischberger. Die Woche,” the coronavirus was nothing more than a side issue on Wednesday. But this time it wasn’t about the potential next wave of coronavirus or the struggle between the federal and state governments over tougher measures in the fall. It was especially important that the mediator and doctor Eckart von Hirschhausen spoke about the fate of people who had been neglected since the beginning of the epidemic: long-standing Covid patients.

Eckart von Hirschhausen on “Maischberger. The week”

“There are people who don’t get better after an injury,” Hirschhausen said there. Typical symptoms are “enormous fatigue, which is hardly present in this way” and nervous system disorders, which means that sufferers can no longer stand erect without the cardiovascular system going mad. The doctor explained that infection in these people makes their immune system fight the body.

Eckart von Hirschhausen had already made the first film that gave insight into the suffering of these people. “The first film elicited so much reaction – especially from the families of those affected – that this second film has become a must.” He also met the injured in his second film, “The Untreated Pandemic”. “These people have opened their doors and their hearts to me to say, ‘Why don’t you see us? Why isn’t the epidemic happening anymore?'” Hirschhausen said.

Unclear data and experimental treatment options

It is difficult to say how many people are affected by Long Covid. This may also be due to the fact that scanning is difficult because the symptoms can be very different. Eckart von Hirschhausen estimates the number of patients in Germany in the hundreds of thousands. However, there is one group among them that particularly worries him. It is about those who have been infected with the coronavirus for a long time after being vaccinated against the coronavirus.

A short excerpt from the film, shown in “Maischberger”, showed the serious illness of Lewis, a young man who contracted Long Covid after a second vaccination. Since then, he has been almost exclusively at home and suffers from myocarditis and tachycardia. “It hurts incredibly,” said the patient. “You sit quietly and watch TV or even sleep – and all of a sudden your heart is pounding.” A video clip on his cell phone showed him holding his chest and breathing hard, his face writhing in pain. It felt like he had been stabbed in the chest with a knife.

Patients like Lewis are rarely seen in the community. “In principle, we suspend the subject – including the Paul Ehrlich Institute, which does not want to know anything about it,” complains Eckart von Hirschhausen. There are simply no points of contact for those affected. If you need help, find it on your own — and fund it yourself. Therapeutic methods exist, but they are experimental and not funded. This is absurd for Eckart von Hirschhausen. “This should not be the case in our solidarity-based healthcare system.”

“I am for maximum transparency”

According to the doctor, the subject of Long Covid, especially with regard to vaccination against Corona, should not be exploited randomly in the media, but rather belongs to a “scientific journalistic framework.” “We have to be honest about the fact that everything that works can also have side effects.” Otherwise, he fears that the desire to vaccinate will also be affected in the future. Even if long-term Covid patients are a relatively small group, they should not be left alone. Eckart von Hirschhausen wants to keep fighting for it.

“Hirschhausen and Long-Covid – Pandemic of Untreated Persons” is available at ARD Media Library

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