What risks are never worth it

"It's not worth taking a risk"

noe.ORF.at: We have all been confronted with the coronavirus for several weeks. Have you, the doctors, become a bit routine?

Susanne Rabady: We have developed a certain routine and we did it pretty quickly. We are very fortunate that we are well positioned in primary and general practitioner care in Austria, despite some adversities. We have reorganized our practices, our processes and we have learned to hold a lot of consultations via telephone and video conferencing. We certainly still have a lot to learn - but in some cases it is still too early to take stock. We're not over yet, none of this is over yet. We have to pull together our strengths and prepare for a second wave.

noe.ORF.at: There are always voices that this start-up is going too fast. How do you judge that?

Susanne Rabady: If you only knew that. I can only stick to what virologists say, whom we should really listen carefully. I think that everyone here is called upon to take responsibility and think carefully about what they want to do and can do it safely. We have learned that you shouldn't get so close to each other that you don't have to jostle in queues, but can also stand one behind the other. We learned to deal with it in the shops. We can hope that even without very strict rules, most people will exercise appropriate caution in the future.

noe.ORF.at: What would you say: Meetings are allowed, but should one also meet?

Susanne Rabady: Ultimately, everyone has to decide for themselves and what I would definitely urge: Please observe these safety rules. It is about each and every one of us. Not only older people can get sick, many young people also end up in intensive care units. I really advise caution, with all understanding of the need for social closeness. People who have an increased risk and who also know this will certainly have to be more careful, have to be more careful. If someone is unsure how much they can and should trust themselves, they should talk to their family doctor about it. Overall, I think it's not worth taking a risk. We'll hold on to this, please. It will still take a while, but if we all help together, we will surely get over it well.

noe.ORF.at: What about visits to your grandparents?

Susanne Rabady: Everything that happens outside is far less dangerous, so you should meet outside. It's about not coming into contact with other people's breath. That means: keep your distance. This is of course difficult to explain to very young children. But it works very well with larger ones. Don't be afraid, there is no need to be. But you can definitely say to the children: “Take good care of your grandpa and grandma and stay a little away from them.” In closed rooms you should keep this shorter and you should also orientate yourself towards your own risk.

noe.ORF.at: How big is the risk of a second wave?

Susanne Rabady: This is where the famous glass ball comes into play. We hope so intensely and we are all working together with all our strength to ensure that there is no second wave. But the fact is that little is known about this virus and basically we can only think carefully and move one step ahead of the other. Then we will see. So far we have succeeded really well with our combined forces. That wasn't a matter of course. It was a lot of effort and a lot of discipline on the part of the people.

The interview with Susanne Rabady was conducted by Werner Fetz, noe.ORF.at.